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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


US Coast Guard to Free Aussie Fishing Vessel from Antarctic Ice

 The view from the Polar Star (US Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class George Degener)

A U.S. Coast Guard cutter has been diverted from its path to rescue a 207-foot fishing vessel stuck in Antarctic ice, the US Coast Guard announced in a press release today. Antarctic Chieftain, an Australian-flagged fishing vessel with 27 passengers


Coast Guard Rescue Underway in Antarctica

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class George Degener)

A U.S. Coast Guard crew is en route to assist a 207-foot fishing vessel with 26 people aboard beset in ice approximately 900 miles northeast of McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star is attempting to reach the crew of an Australian-flagged fishing vessel


U.S. Coast Guard Rescues 26 in Antarctic

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star departs the port of Seattle. photo: USCG

The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued an Australian fishing vessel carrying 26 people that had been stranded in icy Antarctic seas since last week, the Coast Guard said on Tuesday. The crew was saved on Sunday by the Coast Guard cutter Polar Star


China Snow Dragon Arctic

Pic: Arctic Frontiers

 The melting Arctic presents a geopolitical challenge and it is the last bit of unclaimed land left on our quickly heating globe. A report in the Worldcrunch analyses why China is suddenly so interested in the Arctic.   China is now becoming more involved primarily because of issues


MEPC Approves Draft Polar Code

Photo: IMO

Draft Polar Code approved by IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee A key step on the way to a mandatory Polar Code for ships operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters has been reached with the approval by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International


Canada Should Use Polar Code to Stand on Guard for Communities

Koji Sekimizu (left), the secretary-general of the International Maritime Organization and Arsenio Dominguez of Panama, chair of the gathering, at a meeting of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee in London hel

Commentary by Paul Crowley For northern communities and economies, the expected growth of Arctic shipping has the potential to bring new jobs and industries, lower cost of living, and new infrastructure and investment. But with these exciting opportunities come certain risks that must be


Water Reclamation System for Rig Off Alaska

Photo courtesy of ACT2 Technologies

ACT2 delivered a WRS-40 water reclamation system to Transocean for the Polar Pioneer. The unit will operate in Alaskan waters and produce bacteria and virus free reuse quality water for 220 persons on the rig. Soon after delivery, Transocean ordered four additional units to be delivered in


UNEPCOM Endorses Rosneft's Arctic Research Initiative

The scientific exploration of the Arctic

  The Russian National Committee for UNEP (UNEPCOM) endorsed the initiative of Rosneft and the Russian Geographical Society to elaborate interdisciplinary scientific program for comprehensive Arctic research. This program will help to set out the principles of special economic activity


Deltamarin Contributes to Arctic Carrier Design

Image: Aker Arctic

Deltamarin Ltd. has provided Aker Arctic Technology Inc. with design services for two polar class heavy deck carrier ships intended for carrying heavy project cargos in large modules to Yamal LNG plant construction site on the Russian Yamal peninsula.


IMO Steps Up Safety in Polar Waters

IMO adopts a new set of regulations on navigation in polar waters now in force

  United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted global, binding regulations to enhance safety of navigation in polar waters. After several years’ intense negotiations, the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) has today adopted a new set of regulations on


Environmental Groups: IMO Polar Code Too Weak

Photo: IMO

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) today adopted the Polar Code aimed at regulating shipping in Polar Regions. Several environmental groups have criticized the measures for not going far enough to protect the Arctic and Antarctic environments


Coast Guard Cutter Departs for Antarctic Mission

U.S. Coast Guard photos  by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer

The nation’s only heavy icebreaker departed Seattle Sunday for a four-month mission to Antarctica as part of Operation Deep Freeze, the annual Joint Task Force Support to resupply the National Science Foundation outpost there. The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star from Coast Guard


Seaonics Secures Equipment Package Contract

Photo courtesy of Vard

Vard Holdings Limited, through its specialized subsidiary Seaonics, has secured a large equipment contract for a vessel under construction at Fincantieri S.p.A.   Based in Ålesund, Norway, Seaonics designs and manufactures offshore handling equipment to improve all critical lift and


IMO Training for Mariners in the Arctic Finalised

hoto by Danish Maritime Authority

  The IMO has now agreed on training requirements for seafarers navigating Arctic and Antarctic waters. The requirements are to enhance safety of navigation in polar areas and to ensure that the crew is prepared for the special conditions.


KR Statutory Services Authorized in Canada

Korean Register (KR), an IACS member classification society, has been fully authorized by the Marine Safety and Security Division of Transport Canada to perform statutory services on behalf of the government of Canada.    KR is now able to conduct relevant surveys






 
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