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Drifting Arctic Tankship Gets Icebreakers Escort

Tanker Nordvik: Photo courtesy of Khatanga Sea Trade Port

The “Nordvik”, which had been drifting in remote Arctic waters following a collision with an ice floe, is now being accompanied by icebreakers to its home port, reports the 'Barents Observer'. Citing the Russian Sea and River Transport Agency, Barents Obsever says that a total of 1800 litres of diesel oil was transferred from the “Nordvik” into the tanker “Boris Vilkitsky”. The two vessels are now accompanied by two nuclear-powered icebreakers, the “Taymyr” and the “Vaigach”, out of the Matisen strait, bound for the tankship's home port of Khatanga. As previously reported by Barents Observer, the 138 meter long, 6403 dwt tanker "Nordvik"  struck an ice floe ice while sailing in the Matisen Strait to the north of the Taimyr Peninsula on September 4. The tanker soon started taking in water in one of its ballast tanks. According to Russian authorities, the “Nordvik” acted in violation of the permit given by the NSR administration by entering waters with medium ice conditions without being escorted by an icebreaker. The permit , granted to the vessel by the Northern Sea Route Administration, allowed the vessel to sail only in the Kara Sea and the Laptev Sea and only in light ice conditions and with icebreaker escort. Source: Barents Observer


Nichols Brothers Resumes Work

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders returned to work after the company laid off 185 employees Nov. 2. Shortly thereafter, the company filed for bankruptcy protection, a move necessitated by a big lawsuit filed by a disgruntled customer. While the bankruptcy issues are far from settled, Nichols Brothers was allowed to negotiate with individual boat owners to see that their projects, shut down on Nov. 2, could be completed.


Tanker Grounding Update

On behalf of the Unified Command, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) issued a Situation Report stating that the tanker Seabulk Pride grounded in Cook Inlet near Nikiski. No pollution was reported initially. The tanker was apparently pushed aground by an ice floe. A Second Situation Report states that several tugs and a response barge are being mobilized. A small amount of oil was spilled when the tanker was pushed away from its mooring by the ice


This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History – January 25

1799- Having existed essentially nameless for 8-1/2 years, Alexander Hamilton's "system of cutters" was referred to in legislation as "Revenue Cutters."  Some decades later, the name evolved to Revenue Cutter Service and Revenue Marine. 1940- The ocean station program was formally established on 25 January 1940 under orders from President Franklin Roosevelt.  The Coast Guard, in cooperation with the U. S


This Day in Coast Guard History – Jan. 25

1799- Having existed essentially nameless for 8-1/2 years, Alexander Hamilton's "system of cutters" was referred to in legislation as "Revenue Cutters."  Some decades later, the name evolved to Revenue Cutter Service and Revenue Marine. 1940- The ocean station program was formally established on 25 January 1940 under orders from President Franklin Roosevelt.  The Coast Guard, in cooperation with the U. S


Huge Waves Measured for First Time in Arctic Ocean

J. Thomson / University of Washington

As the climate warms and sea ice retreats, the North is changing. An ice-covered expanse now has a season of increasingly open water which is predicted to extend across the whole Arctic Ocean before the middle of this century. Storms thus have the potential to create Arctic swell – huge waves that could add a new and unpredictable element to the region. A University of Washington researcher made the first study of waves in the middle of the Arctic Ocean


Submarine Force Participates in Ice Exercise 2007

Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Alexandria (SSN 757) is submerged after surfacing through two feet of ice during ICEX-07, a U.S. Navy and Royal Navy exercise conducted on and under a drifting ice floe about 180 nautical miles off the north coast of Alaska. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shawn P. EklundCommander, Submarine Force has announced the participation of USS Alexandria (SSN 757), home ported in Groton, Conn., in a joint U.S


GAO: Limited Commercial Arctic Development Foreseen

Arctic Tow: File photo

Decreasing seasonal sea ice has opened up Arctic waters for longer periods with resulting potential economic opportunities in commercial shipping, cruises, commercial fishing, oil, and mining. In light of the importance of U.S. efforts to effectively manage Arctic issues, GAO was asked to examine U.S. actions related to developing and investing in Arctic maritime infrastructure, which it did without making any recommendations.


Christening of Gemini, Eco-Friendly Ferry

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On Dec. 12, the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) christened the first of its fleet of ferries, Gemini, to enhance the region’s emergency response capability and water transit network. Representative Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) and WETA Board Chair Charlene Haught Johnson performed the christening ceremony. Ms. Haught Johnson applauded the Bay Area for coming together to forge strong partnerships to enable WETA to build a fleet of ferries that are


Cold and Calculating: Dealing with Ice in Domestic Waterways

The Coast Guard Cutter Thunder Bay breaks ice in the Straits of Mackinac between Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Army research laboratory helps vessels deal with ice in domestic waterways. Ice, snow and extremely low temperatures can put a big chill on maritime operations in ports, lakes, rivers and waterways. Thanks to the U.S. Army’s Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) in Hanover, New Hampshire, mariners have a better understanding regarding phenomena such as icing on superstructures, brash ice and propulsion systems and controlling ice dams


Arctic Sea Ice Decline

Photo: NASA

 Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is at its lowest May level since records began in the 1980s, says Al Jazeera.    The lowest levels in the history of Arctic sea ice observation for this time of year and likely the lowest levels for hundreds, even thousands of years.  


April Ice Weighs on US-flag Lakes Cargo

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U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 6.7 million tons of dry-bulk cargo on the Great Lakes in April, a decrease of nearly 6 percent when compared to the month’s 5-year average.  Another brutal winter again spawned heavy ice formations Lakeswide that slowed the vessels that


RV Polarstern Sets Course for Spitsbergen

RV Polarstern

  On Tuesday, 19 May 2015 the research icebreaker Polarstern will leave its home port in Bremerhaven, setting a course for the Arctic. Led by Dr Ilka Peeken from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) a team of 53 researchers from 11 countries will


Baltika's DP and Autopilot Pass Ice Trials

Baltika icebreaking (Photo: Aker Arctic)

The dynamic positioning control system and autopilot onboard the icebreaking rescue and emergency vessel Baltika have been approved as meeting performance expectations, following a set of Arctic ice trials in the Kara Sea.   Developed by Finnish company Aker Arctic Technology


Hydroacoustic Package for Norwegian Icebreaker

Photo courtesy of Kongsberg

The new RV Kronprins Haakon, the first Norwegian Icebreaker built for Polar research, and the first purpose built polar research vessel since Roald Amundsen’s Maud launched in 1917, will start regular science cruises in 2017 with a complete hydroacoustic systems package from Kongsberg


Ice, Weather Slow Great Lakes Stone Trade

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 1.8 million tons in April, a decrease of 9 percent compared to the month’s five-year average, and a drop of 30 percent compared to 2012, the last April in which ice conditions were not near arctic


Viking Wins SMA's Management Contract

SMA Ice Breakers Courtesy Viking

  Viking Supply Ships has been awarded a management contract to operate the SMA ice-breaker fleet for a period of seven years. The contract is a continuation of a current management which commenced in 2000. The contract is done at market terms.


April Ice Hinders Great Lakes Ore Trade

 Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 4.3 million tons in April, nearly 15 percent below the month’s long-term average, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported. The heavy ice blanketing the Lakes not only slowed the vessels that were in


Arctic Whitening Might Help Ice But Not Climate

Image by Carnegie Institution for Science

 The attempt to artificially whiten the surface of the Arctic Ocean and offset climate change will not be able to reduce global temperatures substantially. It could in principle help restore some amount of sea ice, says a research based on model configurations.  


Vyborg Shipyard to Build Icebreaker

Image: Vyborg Shipyard

 Vyborg Shipyard signed a License and Concept Design Agreement with the Finnish engineering company Aker Arctic Technology for two icebreaking support vessels.   Two multifunctional diesels-electric- powered icebreakers 22 MW will be built at Vyborg Shipyard by order of LLC Gazprom


Arctic Nations to Fight Climate Change Despite Russia Tensions

Arctic Nations

  The eight Arctic Council nations pledged on Friday to do more to combat climate change that is shrinking the vast frigid region, with countries trying to put aside disputes over issues like Russia's intervention in Ukraine. Meeting in the Canadian town of Iqaluit


Rolls-Royce to Power Ice-class MPV

Bergen B32:40V12ACD engine (Image: Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce informs it has secured a contract to supply a power and propulsion package for an ice-class multipurpose vessel under construction at Keppel Singmarine for Singaporean ship owner New Orient Marine Pte Ltd.   The propulsion package includes a 1,650kW and two 3


Simulation & Ice Navigation Training

In a anticipation of the growing need for deck officers and masters experienced in operating in ice covered waters and as evidenced by the relatively rapid increase in vessel traffic in areas of the Arctic Ocean due to the receding ice coverage


Icebreakers Ordered for Neft’s Novy Port Project

Image: Aker Arctic

Aker Arctic’s icebreaker design selected for Gazprom Neft’s Novy Port project   Aker Arctic and Vyborg Shipyard have confirmed a contract for the design of two new icebreakers based on Aker ARC 130 A design. The icebreakers will be used in the oil terminal operated by LLC


Arctic Yacht Race from New York to Victoria

Arctic Yacht Race route: Sailing the Arctic Race (STAR)

 Extreme Arctic yacht race planned  a race through the Northwest Passage, from New York to Vancouver Island, is possible only because of sea-ice melt, the organizer says.   Sailing The Arctic Race (STAR) is launching an extreme sailing race from the Atlantic to the Pacific through






 
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