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The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

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 […]

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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 […]

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Port of Everett takes a ‘big beating’ with cargo decline

Lower oil prices, a weaker Chinese economy and trade sanctions with Russia are contributing to less cargo passing through the Port of Everett this year.

While a decline had been expected, it was greater than what port officials had forecast because of a dramatic drop in cargo for oil projects in Alaska and Canada.

Log […]

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CNN: Putin, far-right parties pleased as Trump win shocks world

Excerpts from CNN:

Republican candidate Donald Trump’s ascension to the White House has sent shock waves around the world. But it appears to have pleased one leader in particular — Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Within hours of Trump’s victory speech early Wednesday, Putin congratulated the US president-elect and flagged Moscow’s willingness to restore ties […]

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Hopes for Arctic shipping cool amid other interests

From Bloomberg BNA:

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Once hailed as the next frontier for global shipping, the Arctic’s unpredictable weather and sparse population mean it’s unlikely to become the next frontier for global container shipping, even if melting sea ice makes its waterways more easily navigable.

Russian, American and […]

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The British are coming — with cheap wheat exports

The United States is about to import the largest wheat cargo from the U.K. in more than two decades as a combination of ample British supply, a weaker pound and rock-bottom freight rates make the unusual trade viable.

It’s unusual for the U.S. to import large quantities of wheat, not least because it’s the third-biggest […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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DP World makes pact with Putin

Vladamir Putin and Ahmed bin Sulayem

DP World could be in line to invest more into Russia’s remote far eastern region after Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World met Russian president Vladimir Putin recently, where the president mandated the Deputy Prime Minister to remove investment obstacles in Russia and provide the appropriate investment […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Russia claims vast Arctic territory, seeks U.N. recognition

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 […]

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Louis Dreyfus expands in Russia with Azov grain terminal deal

Louis Dreyfus Commodities BV acquired a grain terminal in Russia’s Rostov region as the agricultural commodity trader seeks to increase market share in the country hit by western sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine.

The Don river terminal, with two berths and six silos, will be used for shipping grains on sea-river vessels, Louis Dreyfus […]

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Russia considering Arctic ban on foreign-flagged ships

Russia’s Ministry of Transport is looking to heighten restrictions on foreign-flagged ships operating in the Arctic, World Maritime News reports.

According to local media, a new proposed bill prevents foreign vessels from exporting oil and gas in the Arctic region, and would also stop ships built outside of Russia from Arctic oil shipping entirely.

It […]

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