Count the boats!

This post is for a couple of nice guys at WUWT.  I like them, but I don’t think they appreciate the traffic.  A special thanks to Steve Goddard for showing me this site.

Count the dots! Names and numbers represent sea vessels.

Each dot represents a ocean vessel of some sort. Notice a few things!!! Look at the vessels on the peripheral of our ice and notice the group of vessels where our MYI is!

This map is from a really neat site and is interactive.

Hope you all enjoy.


While I’m giving special thanks, a extra special thanks needs to go to a prolific commentator on the climate blogs, Latitude.  He’s the first one to mention to me that the traffic in the arctic has exponentially increased.

Update!! The map needs clarified! While the website shows the traffic of ships, it also shows buoys. The dots with only numbers, such as 47234 or whatever, are buoys. I’ve known this since I’ve posted, but as I stated, my internets have been giving me fits. After verifying, I couldn’t let people know before now. Oddly, when verifying, I found the amount of buoys north of Greenland has tripled. I’ve tried to screenshot, and present it here, but to no avail. So, obviously, the premise is the same. There are ships, icebreakers and following ships, moving about our Multi-Year-Ice, planting buoys! You’ll have to go to the site to verify, but, they seem to be having internet probs themselves. And, it isn’t just there! There are many sorties running amok in the arctic! I just thought people should know that not all of the dots are ships. Some are buoys. But, the implications remain.

Sorry about any confusion I may have created. But, again, the implications remain. The boats are playing havok with the arctic ice. In fact, the exponential presence of the bouys prove it! BTW, the map may not be all inclusive. Apparently, the information is only on a volunteer basis. There is probably much more activity up there than is represented in the map. Proofs and details to follow in a few hours, I just needed to put the clarification up first! Again, sorry if there was too much confusion.


I’m still have trouble with the sailwx site, but here’s the latest I got from yesterday.  Notice the buoys multiplying north of Greenland.

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15 Responses to Count the boats!

  1. Anything is possible says:

    I think what happens at the start of the melting season is probably most important. Breaking up thin, but solid, ice when air and water temperatures have risen sufficiently to prevent it re-freezing is inevitably going to cause it to melt quicker, as surely as breaking up an ice cube when you put it in your G & T. Considering that Russia has 37,653km of coastline, most of which is icebound at the end of the winter, a heck of a lot of ice is going to get exposed in this manner.

    The $64,000 question is whether this has a “knock-on” effect on Arctic sea-ice which can be quantified come the end of the summer. This is definitely a legitimate question to ask, but getting an honest an objective answer is going to prove difficult :

    The alarmist crowd want to blame everything on CO2, and definitely don’t want to hear that Arctic sea ice reduction is being caused by ice-breakers, while “Big Oil” want to carry on opening up the Arctic coastlines for exploitation without a bunch of green loonies accusing them of destroying the Arctic ice, and hence the planet.

    Good luck to anybody applying for a research grant to study this one!

    • suyts says:

      lol, yep, no money there. But, it’s a legitimate question. As you probably already know, Dr. Stroeve, has stated the Russians are frequently engaged in both freeing shipping lanes and discussions with NOAA …..presumably about opportunities for more shipping lanes. And we’re measuring 15% ice? Phhhttt… what held before 2000 doesn’t apply today, it’s a different dynamic and it should be at least acknowledged if not quantified. Else, it is a regime change in which the earlier quantification does not apply. But, it is nice to see the albedo effect go to …….crap.

      • Latitude says:

        you know………..
        Always look for another reason as to what you think is happening……LOL

        It gets even better when you realize the Russians commonly bomb ice dams to break them up….ice dams are what holds the ice in place

        Personally I think that’s totally cool. Calling in the Air Force to clear a path in the ice…..

        ….if nothing is going on up there, why are the Russians building a new highway to Pevek

        • suyts says:

          LOL, yeh, I don’t think it quite soaked in, yet, for many, but it will.

          The fleet sitting just north of Greenland is what I think is most provocative.
          What are they doing there? Moving our MYI so NOAA’s yammering about MYI can come true?

      • Latitude says:

        LOL…..If I had to guess, I’d say at least half of them are there to study the ice

        People have no idea how much damage they do……and as oil and gas expand, they are going to do even more

  2. suyts says:

    Lat, I think you’re being generous. I mean, were I a researcher, I would understand that my interacting with the subject would alter the research. And, if someone actually cared about the subject, they should go through pains as to not harm the subject.

    Having a fleet of boats in the middle of the MYI can’t possibly be conducive to keeping the ice there. When I see things like this I’m reminded of the penguin research ——— where they finally understood it was their actions of banding that caused them to see a decrease in the penguin population…….well, the penguin population that was banded.

    So, these people are going to cut through the MYI and announce they observed thinning of the MYI. I’m betting on it.

  3. Latitude says:

    You’ll get a kick out of this..

    Of all the boats up there right now, they are almost all world class icebreakers…..
    Vilnus, Aleksandr, Hakon Mosby, Oden, Posiedon, Mayen, PBQK, Polar Star, Volgoneft, etc

    There is only one boat up there right now that is not a world class icebreaker, it is a icebreaker, but with minimal capacity – it’s the fishing boat Ozherelye

  4. Latitude says:

    Short people got no reason
    Short people got no reason
    Short people got no reason
    To live
    They got little hands
    Little eyes
    They walk around
    Tellin’ great big lies

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