Ships aren’t waiting for Arctic to melt, they’re waiting for icebreakers

Brand new bulk carrier NORDIC NULUUJAAK (IMO 9884966, dwt 95758, built 2021) in her maiden voyage from Baffin Bay Canada, to China via Northern Sea Route, with cargo of iron ore, is as of Nov 2, stuck in ice in East Siberian sea, Arctic. There’s nothing unusual and there’s no danger, it’s a typical situation along Northern Sea Route, several other ships nearby are also stuck. They aren’t waiting for Arctic ice to melt, they’re waiting for icebreakers to take them through ice to clean waters. In this case, they’re waiting for nuclear icebreaker VAYGACH.
Last year was only year in my memory, when Northern Sea Route was free of ice from late Aug up to Nov. This year, Northern Sea Route was never completely free of ice, with ice barriers here and there. As of late Oct, it’s impassable without icebreakers. Arctic ice cover is on the increase, it’s already returned to boundaries of median ice edge 1981-2010. Just like scientists predict. Mini ice-age is on the march.

“Washington Post” and “Salon”, informed us in 2018, that:
…NOAA’s latest report showed, among other disconcerting findings, that the oldest and thickest ice in the Arctic has declined by 95 percent over the past three decades. It is one of a handful reports from various agencies over the last couple months sounding the alarm regarding climate change.
In 2018, old ice constituted less than 1% of the ice pack, meaning that very old Arctic ice has declined by 95% in the last 33 years,” the report states…

Here’s latest ice cover map, end of Oct 2021:

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