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Polar Tankers Christens Tanker

Company will operate all double-hulled tanker fleet in 2007 Polar Tankers, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of ConocoPhillips christened the Polar Enterprise, the company’s newest double-hulled crude oil tanker. Classed by the American Bureau of Shipping, Polar Enterprise is the fifth and final Endeavour Class tanker in Polar Tankers’ U.S. flag fleet and is specifically designed to carry crude oil from Alaska to the West Coast and Hawaii. The vessel's sister ships, Polar Endeavour, Polar Resolution, Polar Discovery and Polar Adventure, were commissioned in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 respectively. The Polar Enterprise is expected to load her first cargo of Alaska North Slope crude oil in late January 2007. Northrop Grumman Ship Systems in Avondale, LA, built the state-of-the art tankers. Final outfitting is being completed at Navantia Shipyards in Fene-Ferrol, Spain, where the christening ceremony was held. Endeavour Class vessels have double hulls with 10 feet of space between the inner and outer hulls, two independent engine rooms, redundant propulsion and twin steering systems, a bow thruster and state of the art navigation systems.


Northrop Grumman Delivers Second Double-Hulled Tanker

Northrop Grumman Corporation's Ship Systems sector delivered the tanker Polar Resolution in a brief ceremony at its Avondale Operations in New Orleans, La. Polar Resolution is the second of five 140,000 deadweight (DWT) Endeavour-class double-hulled crude oil carriers Northrop Grumman Ship Systems is building for Polar Tankers, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Phillips Petroleum Company. "The delivery of this second double-hulled tanker underscores our commitment to compete in profitable


Great Ships of 2001 -- Polar Endeavour

Representing an important milestone for U.S. commercial shipbuilding, the delivery of the 141,740-dwt Polar Endeavour signaled the unfolding of a major new chapter of investment in the fleet dedicated to coastwise transportation of Alaskan crude oil. Giving first form to the Millennium concept, the tanker has been purpose-designed for trade in the world's most environmentally-sensitive waters. While Polar Tankers' main requirement of the Millennium-class is to ship crude to Puget Sound from


Polar Tankers to Pay $588K for 2004 Spill

Polar Tankers Inc., a subsidiary of ConocoPhillips Co., has agreed to pay $588,000 to help compensate the public for environmental harm caused by the October 2004 crude oil spill into Puget Sound’s Dalco Passage near Tacoma. The payment would come under a proposed settlement agreement or consent decree filed this week in U.S. District Court, Western Washington Division involving Polar Tankers and the United States, state of Washington


Bureau Veritas Polar Rules & Ice Guidance

International classification society Bureau Veritas has published new rules for Polar Class vessels and specific guidance on ice/structure interaction. The rules are aimed at speeding Arctic and Caspian Sea oil and gas development by facilitating the building of tank, cargo and offshore service vessels which can operate unsupported by icebreakers in very heavy ice. The guidance note aims to facilitate floating LNG and oil platform construction in high Arctic conditions.


Global AIS: Genscape Spots Alaskan Crude Export VLCC

VLCC Polar Discover: Photo courtesy of Genscape

No Alaskan crude oil has been exported outside of the United States since 2004. Genscape Vesseltracker monitoring data showed that a cargo of Alaskan North Slope crude was loaded Sept. 26 at the Alaskan port of Valdez for delivery into the South Korean refining center of Yeosu, says a Genscape blog post. The U.S.-flagged tanker, Polar Discovery, is reported to have sailed from the ANS export terminal at Valdez, Alaska, for east Asia


Reactivation of USCG Cutter Polar Star

Photo courtesy USCG

Adm. Thad W. Allen, Commandant of the Coast Guard, addressed the media aboard the Polar Class Icebreaker Polar Star, homeported in Seattle, Wash., as Lt. Cmdr. Jack W. Jackson the icebreaker's Commanding Officer observed during the Polar Star's reactivation March 10, 2010.


New UK Polar Research Ship Construction Funded

Rendering of the new ship courtesy of BAS

The British Government has earmarked more than £200 million for a new UK polar flagship that will be ready for its first science mission in 2019, according to news from the British Antarctic Survey. Owned by NERC (Natural Environment Research Council), and operated by NERC’s British Antarctic Survey (BAS) on behalf of the UK polar science community, this new state-of-the-art research ship will deliver the next generation of UK world-leading marine science in the Antarctic and the


IMO adopts Polar Code Safety Requirements

On November 21, the International Maritime Organization, or IMO, finalized the Polar Code and adopted amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, or the SOLAS, which will create mandatory safety requirements for ships operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters.   These requirements, which are in addition to the standard SOLAS regulations, will enter into force starting January 1, 2017


Norway-India Partnership in Polar Research

Pic by Norwegian Polar Institute

 India and Norway closer to one another in questions related to Polar Research and a new proposal for polar research co-operation is on the anvil, reports Press Trust of India.   The Norwegian Research Council and the Ministry of Earth Sciences in India will announce a new proposal for polar research very soon, Minister Counsellor at the Norwegian Embassy in India, Sigvald T Hauge said. This will further strengthen, we believe


Inspectors Vigilant over Shell’s Arctic Drilling

Photo: BSEE

Shell’s drilling operations in the Chukchi Sea are being overseen 24/7 by inspectors from the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) to ensure compliance with federal regulations and safety standards, BSEE said.  


Programmed Multikopter Flies Autonomously Through Arctic

Alfred Wegener Institute programmed a Multikopter

  How do you get an aircraft in the far reaches of the Arctic Ocean to the goal, if the compass does not provide reliable location data? Engineers aboard the research icebreaker Polarstern of the Alfred Wegener Institute programmed a Multikopter so that he can navigate near the North Pole


GC Rieber Shipping Earns Well

Ernest Shackleton, Polar Research Vessel. Photo: GC Rieber Shipping

 GC Rieber Shipping has more than doubled its net profit for the second quarter and recorded a year-on-year increase in profit on more vessels in operations and currency gains. However it has warned of a continued focus on shorter contracts in the future.  


US Navy Sub Completes Arctic Deployment

The fast attack submarine USS Seawolf surfaces through Arctic ice at the North Pole. (U.S. Navy photo)

Fast-attack submarine USS Seawolf (SSN 21) returned to its homeport of Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton August 21, following a six-month Arctic deployment during which it conducted routine submarine operations, including under-ice transits and under-ice operations.   


Brand New Ro-Ro Ran Aground in Norway

Kvitbjørn. Photo: Nor Lines, Vikebladet

 Ro-ro cargo vessel Kvitbjørn ran aground off Ulsteinvik port, Norway, in the afternoon June 28, while approaching the port.    The vessel, owned by Norway-based Nor Lines, was refloated at 2145 LT same day with the help of tugs at high tide, and taken to port


US Issues Potential Setback to Shell's Arctic Drilling

The Obama administration issued a potential setback to Royal Dutch Shell's  Arctic oil exploration plans on Tuesday, telling the company that established wildlife protections prevent it from drilling two rigs simultaneously within 15 miles (24 km) of each other, as it had planned.  


Shell Steps Closer to Arctic Drilling

Arctic Challenger Photo Greenpeace

  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service authorized the nonlethal, incidental, and unintentional take of small numbers of polar bears and Pacific walrus that result from Shell’s exploratory drilling activities in the Chukchi Sea. The agency gave authorization despite finding information


U.S. Draft Recovery Plan for Threatened Polar Bears

Polar bear Photo WWF

  U.S. wildlife managers released on Thursday a draft plan for stemming the decline of polar bears threatened by melting Arctic sea ice linked to global warming, but the proposal hinges on reductions in greenhouse gas emissions that are far from assured.


'Kayaktivists' Take Shell Arctic Protest Nationwide

Noble Discoverer transits Puget Sound after its departure from the Port of Everett, Wash., June 30. Noble Discoverer was the last of three oil drilling and support vessels to depart western Washington for the Arctic this summer. (USCG photo by Amanda Norcross)

Environmental activists in the U.S. prepare to take their so-called “kayaktivism” nationwide as they urge lawmakers to revoke oil and gas exploration leases in the Chukchi Sea, says environmental group Friends of the Earth. The group’s “Shell No” day on July 18


Russia, US Agree on Arctic Fishing Ban

Photo: NOAA

Five nations set moratorium on fishing near North Pole; no fish there now, but thaw is drawing stocks north. The United States, Russia and other Arctic nations signed an agreement deal on Thursday to bar their fishing fleets from fast-thawing seas around the North Pole


Shell Arctic Vessels, Capping Stack Inspected

Photo: BSEE

Shell Oil Co. marine vessels Noble Discoverer and the semisubmersible drilling unit Transocean Polar Pioneer were inspected by two Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) personnel in Dutch Harbor, Alaska July 7-12, BSEE announced.  


Commandant Discusses Coast Guard’s Role in the Arctic

Coast Guard Cutter Healy patrols the Arctic Ocean during a Coast Guard Research and Development Center joint civil and federal search and rescue exercise near Oliktok Point, Alaska, July 13, 2015. The Healy is a 420-foot icebreaker homeported in Seattle. (USCG photo by Grant DeVuyst)

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Paul Zukunft presented at last week’s 6th Symposium on the Impacts of an Ice-Diminishing Arctic on Naval and Maritime Operations in Washington, DC. Summarizing Adm. Zukunft’s speech, Maritime Commons has provided highlights of the


US: Shell is Not Yet Allowed to Drill in Arctic Oil Zone

Fennica (Photo: Arctia Shipping)

The U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday granted Royal Dutch Shell two final permits to explore for crude in the Arctic this summer, but said the company cannot drill into the oil zone until required emergency equipment arrives in the region.  


Arctic Range of Liferafts Introduced

The heating blanket developed by SurvitecZodiac makes all of its liferafts suitable for Arctic use (Photo: Survitec)

Ship operators working in polar regions can now equip vessels with liferafts from the SurvitecZodiac range that have been manufactured to meet Arctic operating conditions. This follows SurvitecZodiac’ development of a heating system that can be specified to keep any one of the nearly 60


Russia Submits Vast Arctic Territory Claims to UN

Map by  National Snow and Ice Data Center

 Russia has submitted its bid for vast territories in the Arctic to the United Nations, AP reported as the Foreign Ministry saying.   The ministry said in a statement that Russia is claiming 1.2 million square kilometres (over 463






 
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