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Excel Maritime Takes Physical Delivery of MV Princess I and MV Angela Star

Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd, an owner and operator of dry bulk carriers and a provider of worldwide seaborne transportation services for dry bulk cargo has announced today that it has taken physical delivery of two vessels, MV Princess I at the port of Izmit in Turkey and MV Angela Star at the port of Taean in South Korea. MV Princess I is a Handymax bulk carrier of 38,858 dwt built in 1994 and MV Angela Star is a Panamax bulk carrier of 73,798 dwt built in 1998. Both vessels were built in Japan. The company agreed to acquire MV Princess I on February 21, 2005 and MV Angela Star on March 23, 2005. CEO Christopher Georgakis commented: "We are very pleased to have taken delivery of MV Princess I and MV Angela Star. With these deliveries in place the company has successfully taken physical delivery of 14 vessels within the past six months."

First Arctic Cargo Shipped through the Northwest Passage

The MV Nunavik at Deception Bay

  Fednav, a Canadian-owned company and world leader in Arctic navigation, today announced that its vessel, the MV Nunavik sailed from Deception Bay en route to China via Canada's Northwest Passage, with a full cargo of nickel concentrate. The Nunavik will be one of the first commercial vessels to transit the Northwest Passage completely, and the first to do so unescorted with an Arctic cargo, and with Canadian expertise.

Aker Arctic secures contract on Arctic Tanker Design

Samsung Heavy Industries and the Russian shipowner JSC Sovcomflot have signed a contract for the construction of three high ice class 70.000 tdw Arctic shuttle tankers. This contract is based on a conceptual design developed by Aker Arctic. SHI will work under a co-operation and licence agreement with Aker Arctic, according to which Aker Arctic has given and will give support to SHI in designing and constructing these vessels.

Scientists to Simulate Arctic Spills

According to CBC, a group of Arctic oil spill experts who recently met in Halifax say they plan to create artificial spills in northern waters to learn how to clean them up. Six oil companies are backing a series of international experiments aimed at improving technology for cleaning up spills. Norwegian scientist Evor Sinksus says more oil production and shipping traffic in the Arctic has During the next three years

Military Sealift Command, Operation Pacer Goose 2010

With the Aug. 9 return of Military Sealift Command-chartered dry cargo ship MV American Tern to Naval Station Norfolk, Va., the resupply mission to remote Thule Air Force Base, Greenland, successfully concluded. This year, two vessels - American Tern and tanker USNS Samuel E. Cobb - delivered fuel, heavy vehicles and containerized cargo to Thule as part of Operation Pacer Goose, the annual resupply of the base. Civilian contract mariners aboard ships like these have provided key support in

Arctic Risk Management Study Released by DNV & FNI

A new study about crucial risk management issues relating to Arctic operations is released by DNV and the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI). The study concludes that, in order to safely develop Arctic resources, there is a need for improved technology, oil spill preparedness and close cooperation between the authorities, industry and society. DNV’s CEO, Dr Henrik O. Madsen, presented the study entitled ‘Energy and the environment – Arctic resource development

Aker Arctic to Design Drillship Enhancements

Frontier Drilling USA Inc, Houston, has engaged Aker Arctic of Helsinki, Finland to proceed with the initial design and conceptual development of the modification work for their turret moored Drillship Frontier Discoverer. The work includes development of a modified hull form and protection to the riser to suit the harsh environment of the Beaufort Sea. Aker Arctic will also conduct a series of ice model tests in their brand new model testing facility

Arctic Ice Retreat Continues

Yellow line: Northwest Passage. Blue line: Northern Sea Route The International Ice Charting Working Group (IICWG), meeting at ESRIN in Frascati, issued the following statement on October 26, 2007: “In September 2007, the Arctic sea ice reached the minimum extent in the history of ice charting based on satellite, aircraft and surface observations, continuing a recent trend of diminishing sea ice that began in the 1980’s and has accelerated

Canada Further Protects Arctic Waters

Canada’s Transport Minister, John Baird, today introduced legislation in the House of Commons to enhance Canada’s sovereignty over Arctic waters and protect them from pollution. This coverage will give Canada greater and more effective control over marine activity in the Canadian Arctic while enhancing environmental protection in Canada's North. This marks an important step forward in the federal government's integrated Northern Strategy.

Arctic Policy Outlined by European Union

Knowledge, responsibility, engagement: the EU outlines its policy for the Arctic The European Commission and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy have outlined the way forward for the EU's constructive engagement in the Arctic. The Arctic region is a vital component of the Earth's environment. Climate change in the Arctic is advancing dramatically, with change visible on a yearly basis

Draft Law on Arctic Development

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  The draft law on the development of the Arctic region will be discussed at a joint meeting of the Presidium of the Advisory Council on the Arctic and Antarctic in the Federation Council and the State Commission on the Development of the Arctic November 20.

Statoil’s Exit from Alaska ‘Disappointing’ -NOIA

Randall Luthi (Photo: NOIA)

NOIA President Randall Luthi, issued a statement on Statoil’s decision to exit the Alaskan Arctic, calling the departure “disappointing” yet “understandable” due to a tough economic and regulatory climate.  

Warm Water Mixing up Life in Arctic

Most surprising finding is that the thermally induced changes at the ocean surface can rapidly spread to affect life in the deep seas Courtesy Alfred Wegener institute

  AWI researchers’ unique 15-year observation series reveals how sensitive marine ecosystems in polar regions are to change The warming of arctic waters in the wake of climate change is likely to produce radical changes in the marine habitats of the High North

Tote Cargo ship adrift near Haida Gwaii

M.V. North Star loading operations. Photo: U.S. Voluntary Observing Ship (VOS)

 The MV North Star, a cargo ship that is owned by TOTE Maritime, spent more than half a day adrift Tuesday off the coast of British Columbia, Canada.   The Canadian Coast Guard reported late Tuesday that the cargo ship lost propulsion and was adrift near the coast of Haida Gwaii.

North Pole: The Latest Tourist Trap

Dennis Bryant

On August 16, 2015, the geographic North Pole was visited by a Russian surface ship for the one-hundredth time. The Russian nuclear icebreaker 50 Let Pobedy (50 Years of Victory) carried 106 tourists from 16 different countries. This was the icebreaker’s seventh cruise to the Pole just this

Arctic Coast Guard Leaders to Gather at US Summit

The U.S. Coast Guard will host the eight-nation Arctic Coast Guard Forum Summit October 28-30 at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Center for Arctic Study and Policy in New London, Conn., where the heads of the coast guards of Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden

Keel Laid for Lead Ship of Arctic Tanker Series

Photo: RS Class

A keel laying ceremony was held Monday at Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. for the first of six ships in the project 42К Arctic Shuttle Tanker series.   The six tankers in the series will be named after the famous Russian explorers of the Arctic

US Leads Arctic Search and Rescue Exercise

The United States Government, led by the United States Coast Guard, the Department of Defense (USNORTHCOM and Alaska Command), and the Department of State, held Arctic Zephyr, an international Arctic Search and Rescue table-top exercise, at the University of Alaska Anchorage from October 19-22

Polar Pioneer Returns to Port Angeles

Image: Shell

 The Polar Pioneer oil rig arrived in Port Angeles on Wednesday.  Shell spokesman Curtis Smith said Port Angeles was an “excellent location for load-out” before the drilling season and remains fit for that purpose.  

Arctic Coast Guard Forum Established

The Joint Statement officially establishing the Arctic Coast Guard Forum is displayed after being signed at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., Oct. 30, 2015.(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Patrick Kelley)

  A joint statement, officially establishing the Arctic Coast Guard Forum (ACGF), was signed today by leaders representing all eight coast guard agencies of the Arctic nations. The Arctic Coast Guard Forum (ACGF) is an operationally-focused

Northern Fleet Adds Research Vessel

The newest research ship Amber was a part of the Northern Fleet

  The latest oceanographic research vessel "Yantar" has arrived at the base of the Northern Fleet in Murmansk region. This was announced by Head of Press Service of the Federation Council Vadim Serga. "The crew has completed the transition from the Atlantic Ocean to the

Greenpeace Activists Divert Helsinki-bound Coal Ship

Alppila. Photo by ESL Shipping Ltd

 The environmental activist group Greenpeace managed to board and get a coal-carrying freighter on its way from St. Petersburg to change its course before arriving to Helsinki harbour.   A Greenpeace activist has scaled the 155m long bulk carrier, Alppila

Steel Delivered to Build Russia’s New Icebreakers

OJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK) has been selected as the key steel supplier in the construction of nuclear icebreakers (Project 22220) at the Baltic Shipyard, part of United Shipbuilding Corporation. A 60MW universal nuclear icebreaker known as Arctic – Project 22220’s

Sea Ice Plays Pivotal Role in Arctic Methane Cycle

Sea ice forms a natural barrier on the Central Arctic Ocean, limiting gas exchange between water and atmosphere Courtesy AWI

  The ice-covered Arctic Ocean is a more important factor concerning the concentration of the greenhouse gas methane in the atmosphere than previously assumed. Experts from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) report on the newly discovered

Concept of Container for North Sea Route

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  At a meeting of the scientific and technical council of the Central Research Institute of the Navy in St. Petersburg presented the concept of the Arctic Arc container class 7. According to the publication "Maritime News of Russia"

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