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South Korea completes its first Arctic voyage via Northern Sea Route

Excerpts from Port Technology:

Hyundai Glovis, a South Korean shipping liner, has completed the country’s first voyage to transport cargo between Asia and Europe by the Arctic Sea after arriving at Sapo Quay of Gwangyang Port in South Korea on October 21, 2017.

South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said the pilot operation will […]


Russian tanker sails through Arctic without icebreaker for first time

From The Guardian:

A Russian tanker has travelled through the northern sea route in record speed and without an icebreaker escort for the first time, highlighting how climate change is opening up the high Arctic.

The $300m (£233m) Christophe de Margerie carried a cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Hammerfest in Norway to Boryeong […]


Russian Arctic ports have best year ever

Figures from the Russian Association of Sea Ports show that the main ports in the Russian north in 2016 had a more than 40 percent year-on-year increase from 2015. Growth was biggest in Murmansk where a total of 33,4 million tons of goods was handled, a 50 percent increase. Also Varandey, the oil terminal on […]


China wants ships to use faster Arctic route opened by global warming

In 2014, Bulk Carrier Nunavik became the first cargo ship to make an unescorted voyage through the Northwest Passage. Image: Fednav

China will encourage ships flying its flag to take the Northwest Passage via the Arctic Ocean, a route opened up by global warming, to cut travel times between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, a […]


Cosco advances Arctic route plans

From Port Technology:

In a bid to explore navigation in the Northwest Passage and develop ships that are suitable for Trans-Arctic shipping, Cosco and classification service provider American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) have signed a cooperation agreement, which also aims to expand Cosco’s use of the Northeast Passage, according to World Maritime News.

It was […]


Arctic shipping prospects get boost from Chinese shipper, Korea-Iceland partnership

The extent of Arctic sea ice this October was the sixth-lowest on record, according to a National Snow and Ice Data Center release last week — in a year in which the overall seasonal low reached its fourth-lowest extent on record in September.

Figures such as those have fueled renewed interest in Arctic shipping, which […]


Coast Guard deal reached between Arctic nations

From the Canadian Press:

Creating the Arctic Coast Guard Forum is considered a significant step forward for international co-operation in the region and will flesh out previous search and rescue agreements.

“(The forum) will be an operationally focused organization that strengthens maritime co-operation and co-ordination in the Arctic,” said an emailed statement from the United […]


Study raises doubt about viability of Northwest Passage as shipping route

The Northwest Passage connects the Beaufort Sea in the west with Baffin Bay in the east. It is a shorter route to move goods between the Pacific and Atlantic regions than the Panama and Suez Canals.

For years, scientists have obsessively monitored Arctic sea ice: how it expands in the winter months and how […]


Shell Arctic fleet can return to Seattle after favorable ruling

Royal Dutch Shell received some good news on Wednesday, when Seattle’s hearing examiner ruled that the oil and gas giant’s fleet of vessels, including its Polar Pioneer oil rig, could use the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5. Foss Maritime Corp. which holds a lease on the terminal has a contract with Shell to service the […]


Study raises doubt about viability of Northwest Passage as shipping route

For years, scientists have obsessively monitored Arctic sea ice: how it expands in the winter months and how much of it shrinks in the summer. Now, a study that zeroed in on a big chunk of the Northwest Passage, says sea ice there remains too thick and treacherous to be a regular commercial shipping route […]


Arctic shipping and safety – Legal challenges and opportunities

One of the most significant global issues over the past 10 years is the vast changes in the Arctic region. The world has again turned its attention to the Arctic, this time mainly because of the climate effects in the Arctic, the economic potential of the region, and the geopolitical implications of changes in the […]


Obama calls for building of new USCG icebreakers

According to the White House, the call for the building of the specialized ships comes as part of new investments to enhance safety and security in the changing Arctic.

U.S President Barack Obama called for funding the construction of new Coast Guard icebreakers on his recent visit to Alaska.

A Congressional Research Service report […]


OPINION: Why US must keep a close eye on Russia’s plans for the Arctic

Excerpts from an opinion piece by David M. Slayton, research fellow at the Hoover Institution and Co-Chair of the Hoover Institution’s Arctic Security Initiative, and Katarzyna Zysk, Ph.D., associate Professor at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies, Norwegian Defence University College:

After years of promises to fulfil the process of settling the outer limits of […]


Iceland president to Alaska lawmakers: Be ‘more vocal and more active’ on Arctic

”Instead of waiting for all the others to acknowledge that they agree with what you need done, you should simply do it.” — Olafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland

Iceland’s President Olafur Ragnar Grímsson told Alaska legislators on Tuesday that, “with all due respect to Washington,” they need to be more vocal and involved if […]


Chinese company mulls more Arctic shipping

It’s been previously reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping favorable conditions for use of the Northern Sea Route.

As one of its cargo ships arrives in Sweden after the transcontinental voyage, shipping company Cosco says it might boost shipments along the Arctic route.

Questions are raised about profitability […]