CBS News reports that the Canadian Coast Guard is confirming â€œthat in a major first, a commercial ship travelled through the Northwest Passage this fall to deliver supplies to communities in western Nunavutâ€.
â€œWe did have a commercial cargo vessel that did the first scheduled run from Montreal, up through the eastern Arctic, through the Northwest Passage to deliver cargo to communities in the west,â€ Brian LeBlanc of the Canadian Coast Guard told CBC News.
â€œThat was the first â€” that Iâ€™m aware of anyway â€” commercial cargo delivery from the east through the Northwest Passage.â€
[â€¦]Rayes, who was on the vessel during its trip through the Northwest Passage, said the company informed the coast guard, which put an icebreaker on standby.
â€œThey were ready to be there for us if we called them, but I didnâ€™t see one cube of ice,â€ he said.
â€œThey were informed about our presence [and] they were ready to give us the support needed. However, since there was no ice whatsoever, the service was not needed, we didnâ€™t call for it.â€
Via Climate Progress