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RV Mirai Arctic Mission 2014 Post #10 - The Polar Code - Better Sense Prevails at IMO?

While wearing one of my other hats, as Senior Vice President of The Nautical Institute and member of The Institute’s NGO delegation to IMO, I am very much focused on the Polar Code as it progresses through it’s latest re-incarnation. As soon as I disembark RV Mirai in Yokohama, I fly to London to participate in the IMO MEPC discussions related to the Polar Code. My involvement goes back many years however, to the mid 1990’s when I was part of the team the developed the first proposal for Ice Navigator requirements for inclusion in the first attempt at a Polar Code.

RV Mirai Arctic Mission 2014 Post #8 - The Known Unknowns

I never thought I would find the situation where I would want to paraphrase one of the most famous abusers of the English language, but the words of one of America’s finest artists of baffle came to mind the other night. Though we have progressed tremendously in knowledge of the Polar Regions at the beginning of this century, the Arctic in particular remains in many ways an enigma. We are in a world of Known Unknowns. There be dragons here.

RV Mirai Arctic Mission 2014 Post #7 - Nobody Here But Us

        On the 17th of this month CCGS Amundsen passed close by as she continued her own Beaufort Sea research.

RV Mirai Arctic Mission 2014 Post #6 - Arctic Science Continues

We are just past the mid point in RV Mirai’s 2104 Arctic research voyage.  As of noon today 127 standard radiosondes have been launched since we departed Dutch Harbor on the 30th of August.  Seven of those also carried ozone sensors and another seven dedicated ozone sensor balloons.

RV Mirai Arctic Mission 2014 Post #5 - Weather Station Mirai

        In my first blog from RV Mirai during the 2014 voyage I wrote of the primary mission: the coordinated collection of meteorological observations from an international fleet of Arctic research ships and a number of Arctic shore observation stations.  We are now well into the coordinated observation period and have been at “Weather Station Mirai” at 74º45’N 162º00’W, about 225 nautical miles northwest of Point Barrow.  I find it interesting that my Coast Guard career began in 1979 as a deckhand onboard CCGS Vancouver, one of t


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