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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Russia hones in on Arctic shipping

Russia unveiled a new plan this week aimed at dramatically increasing the country’s shipping presence in the Arctic.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a comprehensive project that seeks to increase the amount of cargo passing through the North Sea Route (NSR) each year.

Currently, the Russian government issues 600 annual permits to transport cargo […]


Arctic shipping volume rises as ice melts

Much of the new traffic through the Northern Sea Route is one-way shipments of fossil fuels from Northern Europe to Asia or is between Russian ports. Wall Street Journal photo.

Reported in the Wall Street Journal:

The opening up of the Arctic for commercial cargo offers a faster route for some shipments between Europe […]


China to publish Arctic shipping route guide: state media

China will soon publish a guide to navigating the Northeast Passage, a recently opened shortcut to Europe through the Arctic, state media reported Friday in a further sign of the country’s polar ambitions.

The route can cut the voyage from China to Europe — normally via the Straits of Malacca and the Suez Canal — […]


Tschudi Shipping exploring possibility of Alaskan port

Alaska’s location has made it prominent in discussions about the development of Arctic shipping.

Tschudi Shipping is to explore the possibility of establishing a transshipment port in western Alaska, Lt Governor Mead Treadwell said.

Tschudi wants to establish a location to serve as an intermediate or transshipment site for goods and commodities shipped to […]


IMO Sec-Gen Discusses Arctic Shipping

IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu: “In the forthcoming five years, the Northern Sea Route will be the main shipping lane for navigation in the Arctic.”

Sekimizu, who went to Saint-Petersburg for participation in special events dedicated to the centenary of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping, tells IAA PortNews about prospects of the Arctic navigation, anti-piracy […]


Commercial Arctic shipping a long way off, Maersk boss says

The Nordic Orion, a 225-metre vessel owned by Nordic Bulk Carriers of Denmark, generated many headlines across Canada recently when it carried 15,000 tonnes of coal from Vancouver through the Northwest Passage to a steel plant in Finland.

Despite all the hype that attended the recent voyage of the Nordic Orion through the Northwest Passage […]