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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

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

Billions of Juvenile Fish under Arctic Ice

Using a new net, marine biologists from the Alfred Wegener Institute have, for the first time, been able to catch polar cod directly beneath the Arctic sea ice with a trawl

  Using a new net, marine biologists from the Alfred Wegener Institute have, for the first time, been able to catch polar cod directly beneath the Arctic sea ice with a trawl, allowing them to determine their large-scale distribution and origin. This information is of fundamental importance, as polar cod are a major source of food for seals, whales and seabirds in the Arctic. The study, which was recently published in the journal Polar Biology

US Polar Icebreaker Visits San Diego

Passengers and the crew of CGC Polar Star gather to observe their first encounter with ice during Operation Deep Freeze 2016 in the Southern Ocean Jan. 3, 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Grant DeVuyst)

The U.S. Coast Guard’s polar icebreaker Cutter Polar Star has made a brief stop in a warmer climate, mooring in San Diego before returning to Seattle after a four and a half month-long deployment to the Antarctic in support of Operation Deep Freeze 2016.   The Polar Star, a 399-foot cutter commissioned in 1976, is the nation’s only operational heavy icebreaker, and the most powerful non-nuclear icebreaker in the world.  

Damen Debuts Expedition Cruise Ship Design

Image: Damen

Damen Shipyards Group has unveiled its recently completed Expedition Cruise Vessel design, which resulted from its partnership with Expedition Voyage Consultants Ltd and the Danish Naval Architect firm Knud E. Hansen.   From the outset of this project

Sir David Attenborough Lays Keel for New Polar Research Ship

(Photo: Cammell Laird)

U.K. shipbuilder Cammell Laird held one of the largest ceremonies in its history when Sir David Attenborough joined more than 1,000 people for the keel laying of the new £150 million polar research vessel.   Construction was officially started by the world-renowned naturalist and

Ecospeed Strengthens Polar Code Compliance

The operational success of the 1995-built RRS Ernest Shackleton is an exemplar of the Ecospeed coating’s performance (Image: Subsea Industries)

Subsea Industries has received an order for its specialist hull and rudder coatings for application to a shallow draught anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessel under construction at Turkey’s Atlas Shipyard.    The hard-type coatings were selected amidst strong competition

Hurtigruten’s New Hybrid Expedition Ships Named

Image: Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten’s two new hybrid powered expedition ships under construction at Kleven Yards have been named Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen, after two influential Norwegian polar pioneers from the era when the company itself first started offering adventure travels

First Damen SeaExplorer Sold

SeaXplorer at Antartica Photo Courtesy Damen

AMELS and DAMEN have sold the first DAMEN SeaXplorer expedition yacht. The world premiere of this range of 65, 90 and 100-meter ‘true explorer’ designs took place last September at the Monaco Yacht Show. The SeaXplorer 65 is a crossover between professional technology and superyacht

Anschütz Provides Gyros for Polar Vessels

AUDAX sailing in ice (Photo: Red Box Energy Services)

German navigation system manufacturer Raytheon Anschütz says it has supplied an advanced gyro compass system for two 25,000 dwt polar class heavy transport vessels for operation north of 70° LAT.   The vessels AUDAX and PUGNAX were ordered for Red Box Energy Services and built at

Crystal Serenity Goes to Arctic

Photo: Crystal Cruises

 The cruise ship MV Crystal Serenity, owned by the US-based Crystal Cruises, is scheduled to set sail from Seward, Alaska to New York on a 32 day, 1,500 km journey through the Northwest Passage via Canada and Greenland on August 16 with with 1,000 passengers on board.  

TEN Delivers Aframax Tanker

Image: Daewoo Mangalia Heavy Industries

 Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN Ltd) has announced the delivery of the Aframax crude tanker "Thomas Zafiras" from Daewoo Mangalia Heavy Industries which will immediately enter a long term contract to a Northern European charterer that could generate gross revenues in excess of $100

ABB Marine Academy Offers Arctic Course

Juha Koskela, Managing Director of ABB’s Marine and Ports business Photo ABB

Responding to strong demand from the ice-going vessel segment, ABB says it has developed in cooperation with customers a new course for deck officers covering the operational principles of diesel-electric Azipod vessels, taking into account vessel safety

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Orders Two Vessels

Two new-builds in the 5-star expedition segment

TUI Group, the world’s number one tourism group, will invest in two new-builds for its Hamburg-based subsidiary Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. The two, new, 5-star expedition vessels are scheduled for launch in April and October 2019, respectively, following 20 months of construction

Cruise Ship Transits the Northeast Passage

Hanseatic in ice water (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises)

 Expedition cruise ship Hanseatic has navigated the Northeast Passage for the second time, completing its journey through the Arctic Ocean sea route in the early hours of September 7, 2016. After sailing a total of 5,542 nautical miles, the ship will arrive in Nome on September 10 and

New Zealand Navy Orders Polar-class Support Tanker

Image: Rolls-Royce

A new polar-class logistic support tanker for the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) will be the first naval vessel to feature the Rolls-Royce Environship design with wave piercing bow.   The new vessel, which will replace the 30-year-old HMNZS Endeavor

VARD confirms Two Hapag-Lloyd Cruises vessels Deal

Luxury Expedition Cruise Vessel Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Photo Vard

Vard Holdings Limited (“VARD”), one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of specialized vessels, confirmed the contracts for the design and construction of two luxury expedition cruise vessels for TUI Group’s German luxury cruise business Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

Rolls-Royce Designs Stern Trawlers for Two Greenland Firms

Image: Rolls-Royce

Two stern trawlers of Rolls-Royce design are contracted to be built by the Freire Shipyard in Spain. The two vessels, both designed for catching shrimp, have been ordered by Greenland based ship owners Qajaq Trawl and Polar Seafood.  

Maritime Stakeholders Discuss Arctic Safety and Growth

Photo: Arctic Circle

 Some 2,000 government, industry, research and civil society representatives gathered for the Arctic Circle Assembly held October 7-9 in Reykjavik, where the group of international participants engaged in dialogue and cooperation centering on the future of the Arctic.  

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