Maritime organization approves Bering Strait shipping routes

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The International Maritime Organization has approved two-way shipping routes into the Arctic Ocean through the Bering Strait.

The IMO accepted routes proposed by the United States and Russia for safe navigation between Alaska and Russia’s Chukotskiy Peninsula.

The routes create lanes for northbound and southbound traffic and take effect Dec. 1.

The designation was hailed by environmental groups that pushed for safe shipping measures.

They say there are few...

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