I recently had a conversation with a University grad regarding the melting Icecaps. We got onto this subject as she said she was studying alternative fuel sorces that would be o' so important in the future.
Upon hearing that my field of expertise was shipping, she became very interested in what I thought about the new North east passage to the pacific ocean and about the fuel cost saving of routing ships to the far east via this route.
She was a very bright lass and seemed to know quite a lot about the subject, but was a little dishartened whan I laughed off any sugestion that it could ever work commercially, and seemed completely mistified when I pointed out that the route has beeen navigable, off an on, for the past 100 odd years.
Just another indicator that the brightest people comming out of our educational establishments are only being led in one direction.
Off topic, Its now offical, in order to improve 'environmental performance', modern containerships to and from Asia are now slower than ships in the glorious age of Sail. http://www.ifw-net.com/freightpubs/ifw/article.htm?artid=20017808410&src=rss