As the sea ice coverage has been decreasing in the Arctic during the last few years, both the North West Passage (North of Canada) and the Northern Sea Route (North of Russia) have seen an increasing number of ships transiting the region. Although there is relatively little commercial shipping traffic in the Southern Ocean, these routes still involve potential encounters with icebergs, but the level of risk is uncertain.

The Arctic Council conducted a comprehensive assessment of shipping in the Arctic following recognition of the significant changes to governance, climate and resource development in the region. The resulting Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment report highlighted that “for safe operations in the Arctic there is a need for comprehensive information on sea ice and icebergs”.


Polar View provides an integrated information service that helps marine transportation operators safely navigate through ice-infested waters in the Polar Regions. We deliver directly to the ship’s bridge information products that can include any combination of the following data layers:

  • Sea Ice Forecasts
  • Sea Ice Types
  • Sea Ice Concentration
  • Sea Ice Thickness
  • Sea Ice Pressure
  • Sea Ice Drift
  • Iceberg Detection
  • Iceberg Drift
  • Iceberg Historical Trends
  • Met-Ocean