Frozen out of the Arctic

Frozen out of the Arctic

Two recent events - Maersk signing off on final voyage plans for a historic transit of the North Sea Route and lawmakers in Washington, DC, readying the deletion of the US Coast Guard’s (USCG’s) heavy icebreaker programme from the 2019 federal budget - illustrate the opposite direction the United States is heading with respect to other world powers in navigating the future of Arctic shipping.