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PHOTOS: Coast Guard readies for increased oil drilling, shipping in Arctic

The Coast Guard is considering the Arktos amphibious vehicle for Arctic operations.
Courtesy Arktos
The Coast Guard is considering the Arktos amphibious vehicle for Arctic operations.
Courtesy Arktos
The Arktos amphibious vehicle can navigate snow and ice ridges. The Coast Guard is considering the machine for Arctic operations.
Courtesy Arktos
The Amphib Alaska is another all-terrain vehicle that can operate in sea-ice conditions.
Amphib Alaska photo
The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Bartlett crew deploy their skimming system in conjunction with the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Anthony Petit near Ketchikan as part of a Canadian U.S. Dixon Entrance oil spill response exercise on Sept. 21, 2011.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis
Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore unpack Spilled Oil Recovery System (SORS) equipment near Barrow, Alaska, July 30, 2012.
USCG / Kelly Parker
Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore unload boom in preparation for a Spilled Oil Recovery System exercise near Barrow, Alaska, July 30, 2012.
USCG / Kelly Parker
Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore crewmembers deploy the their Spilled Oil Recovery System (SORS) near Barrow, Alaska, July 31, 2012.
USCG / Kelly Parker
The coast of Barrow, Alaska, just beyond the Coast Guard Sycamore during a Spilled Oil Recovery System exercise July 31, 2012.
USCG / Kelly Parker
Shell Oil's spill response gear staged in Wainwright. Summer 2011.
Ben Anderson photo
Shell Oil's spill response gear staged in Wainwright. Summer 2011.
Ben Anderson photo
U.S. Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard is strengthening its preparedness to respond to increases in oil drilling and shipping traffic in Alaska's Arctic, especially for a potential oil spill. For more Arctic coverage, visit the Arctic News Wire.

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