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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
”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 […]
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 […]
The Russian government on Tuesday announced that it had delivered “ample scientific data” to the United Nations to back its claim to more than 460,000 square miles of Arctic territory and the wealth of energy, gems and precious metals believed to lie within.
Moscow also is asserting ownership of the emerging Northern Sea Route, the […]
The Toronto Star reports that ”an audit by Canada’s environment commissioner in 2014 noted the area has been ‘inadequately surveyed and charted,’ with some Arctic maps dating back to the early 1970s. Canadian coast guard data indicates that between 2002 and 2013 there were about 100 small, mostly oil and gasoline spills in the […]