No love for Northwest Passage

Predictions that international shipping companies are chomping at the bit to use the Northwest Passage have taken a hit following two surveys by the University of Laval, the Canadian Press reported. Responses in 2008 from 34 companies representing 62 per cent of the world's shipping market saw only 11 expressing any interest in the fabled waterway, the majority of which are already active in the North. A second survey last summer found only six of 46 companies at all interested. Researcher Frederic Lasserre cited unpredictable conditions and expensive vessel requirements as the key reasons.

Published: Wednesday, 07/07/2010 12:00 am EDT

Predictions that international shipping companies are chomping at the bit to use the Northwest Passage have taken a hit following two surveys by the University of Laval, the Canadian Press reported. Responses in 2008 from 34 companies representing 62 per cent of the world's shipping market saw only 11 expressing any interest in the fabled waterway, the majority of which are already active in the North. A second survey last summer found only six of 46 companies at all interested. Researcher Frederic Lasserre cited unpredictable conditions and expensive vessel requirements as the key reasons.

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