Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Global Warming Melts New Sea Lanes for Norilsk, ConocoPhillips (COP; NILSY.PK)

From Bloomberg:

Norilsk, the world's biggest producer of nickel, is building its own shipping fleet to capitalize on the melting of the polar ice caps.

The company ordered five reinforced cargo vessels that can plow through the waters north of Siberia as new sea routes open. Norilsk is spending at least 320 million euros ($467 million) to buy reinforced vessels rather than rent both freighters and icebreaker escorts.

The thawing sea ``has enormous economic implications, and commerce is going to push this ecological zone to the limit,'' says Rear Admiral Timothy McGee, head of the U.S. Navy's Meteorology and Oceanography Command....MORE