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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. The three tankers, which are due to be delivered between end of 2007 and March 2009, will have an icebreaking bow and hull form which will allow the vessels to break ice up to 1.5 meters in thickness both ahead and astern, giving them possibility to operate practically independently on their shuttle route between the Varadei terminal and Murmansk for exports of crude oil from jointly by LUKoil and ConocoPhillips operated onshore oil fields. The high ice class vessels are to fly Russian flag and will have diesel-electric machinery and they will be fitted with twin 10 MW pod drives.

Aker Arctic WinsShuttle Tanker Contract

Aker Arctic Technology of Finland and the St. Petersburg based FSUE Admiralty shipyards signed a contract for a license and design including classification package of two 70,000 dwt double-acting Arctic shuttle tankers, which the yard is building for ZAO Sevmorneftegaz for the Prirazlomnoye oil field in the Arctic Ocean. The ships are the largest tankers so far built by the yard and will be delivered towards the end of 2007 and respectively 2008.

Aker Arctic to Design Chinese Research Icebreaker

A plan has been organized by State Oceanic Administration (SOA),China, Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration (CAA)  and the Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC) to build an advanced new icebreaking research vessel to meet the increased need of polar scientific research.   The new vessel will be equipped with advanced scientific equipment for polar oceans research. The integrated survey systems include marine geological and geophysical equipment

Board Changes at Aker Arctic Technology

After the acquisition of 66.4% of the shares by Finnish Industry Investment Ltd (fully owned by the State of Finland) Aker Arctic Technology Inc.’s extraordinary shareholders’ meeting today appointed the new Board of Directors for the company. Ole Johansson was nominated Chairman and Juha Marjosola Vice-Chairman of the Board. The board members are Ole Johansson, Juha Koskela (ABB Oy), Antti Kummu (Finnish Industry Investment)

Aframax Tanker Designed for Arctic Shipping

Aframax tanker in-ice- Aker Arctic

A modern Aframax-sized tanker concept designed for transporting crude oil and oil product in the Arctic has been developed via collaboration between Deltamarin Ltd. and Aker Arctic Technology Inc.  In creating the new tanker concept, Deltamarin said it drew upon its expertise in affordable energy efficient cargo vessels, together with Aker Arctic’s track record in Arctic vessels. Apart from being ice strengthened and equipped with other new features, the 118

France Orders Polar Logistics Vessel

Aker Arctic announced it has inked a basic design agreement with PIRIOU shipyard for a Frances’s new polar logistics vessel under construction in Concarneau, France.   The contract will also see Aker Arctic provide technical support in hull and ice-related matters to the shipyard during the build process.   Ordered to replace the existing patrol vessel L’Albatros and the polar logistics vessel L’Astrolabe

Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Wins Contract


Arctech Helsinki Shipyard has been awarded a contract to build a multipurpose emergency and rescue vessel for Russian Ministry of Transport. The contract has been awarded together with Shipyard Yantar JSC. The value of the order is about EUR 76 million.  The project will start immediately and the vessel will be delivered to the customer in December 2013. The hull of the vessel will be built by Shipyard Yantar, which is one of the shipyards belonging to United Shipbuilding Corporation

Aker Arctic & Navis Engineering Agree DP Collaboration

Aker Arctic Technology Inc and Navis Engineering Oy have signed an agreement on joint development of Dynamic Positioning systems for ice operation. 
 The companies plan to jointly develop next-generation DP-system technology tailored for ice operation by utilizing their core know how and technologies. The development includes improved control algorithms, testing of the systems and utilising new more intelligent technology to overcome the ice challenges

Hull Form Optimization Yields Fuel Savings

Wave behind transom is small for the developed hull form without any diverging waves (Image courtesy of Foreship)

Hull form optimization and hydrodynamic design contribute to fuel consumption savings to be achieved by a new generation coastal general cargo ship.   Finnish owner Meriaura Group signed for two 4,700DWT Ice Class 1A VG EcoCoasterTM general cargo newbuilds at Dutch yard Royal Bodewes in mid-January, with the first due for delivery at the end of July, 2016. According to Foreship , hull form and machinery optimization are expected to almost halve fuel consumption compared to conventional

Wärtsilä Power for Two Icebreakers

The Wärtsilä 32 engine Photo Wartsila

  Two new Aker Arctic designed icebreakers, under construction at the PJSC Vyborg Shipyard in Russia, will have their main power provided by Wärtsilä generating sets. The ships are being built for Gazprom Neft based in St.Petersburg, Russia. The contract was agreed between Wärtsilä and Ruselprom Group and was signed in October. The new icebreakers will operate in arctic conditions with outside air temperatures as low as minus 50°C and ice thicknesses up to 2

Arctic Shipping a Reality for Asia

Image by The Arctic Institute

 As Western firms wait to for Arctic shipping to show its worth, Asian countries are already betting on the emergence of an Arctic economic rim, reports The Arctic Journal.   For centuries, a harsh climate and ice-choked seas dashed the dreams of sailors attempting to cross the

Sailing into the Arctic’s Future

Randall Luthi (Photo: NOIA)

Last month, a large cruise ship completed its inaugural cruise through the Northwest Passage. The historic journey brought nearly 1,700 passengers from Seward, Alaska, past the rugged wilderness and isolated villages of the Arctic, to the concrete jungle of New York City

Marine News Boat of the Month: October

Image: Tuco Marine

Tuco Marine’s Arctic Workboat Daughter Craft is Marine News' October 2016 Boat of the Month.   Danish producer Tuco Marine has introduced an all new Arctic Workboat Daughter Craft. Developed in response to international requests and specifications

Changing Spill Risk in a Changing Arctic Landscape

Dagmar Schmidt Etkin

Industry analyst and environmental consultant Dagmar Schmidt Etkin, PhD, takes a hard look at a rapidly shifting operational landscape in the Arctic. Always an honest broker of information, Etkin tells it like it is.    Oil spill risk is present anywhere that oil is present in

Arctic Sea Ice Melt at Higher Level

Image: National Snow and Ice Data Center

 Sea ice is decreasing in the Arctic but year-to-year variability in sea ice extent is large. Ice extent is influenced by atmospheric circulation, with temperatures dictating ice melt, and winds shifting the ice, reports the Nature.   

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.  

First Commercial Cruise Will Sail Canada's Northwest Passage

File photo of Crystal Serenity (Courtesy Crystal Cruises)

The first commercial cruise ship to sail through Canada's Northwest Passage was set to depart on Tuesday, part of a growing Arctic tourism industry spurred by rising temperatures and receding ice.   The ship Crystal Serenity was to depart from Anchorage, Alaska

Ice Free Arctic?

Photo Credits: NASA/Kate Ramsayer

 Arctic melting slowed enough in midsummer that scientists don't expect this year's sea ice minimum to set a new record. This year’s melt season in the Arctic Ocean and surrounding seas started with a bang, with a record low maximum extent in March and relatively rapid ice loss through

Tuco’s New Arctic Workboat to Debut at SMM

Image: Tuco Marine

Danish producer Tuco Marine said it will reveal a new Arctic workboat daughter craft at next month’s SMM in Hamburg.   Many arctic patrol vessels, icebrakers and polar research vessels are currently under development and construction worldwide

ACO Marine's Clarimar Selected for New Environmentally Sound EcoCoasters

Clarimar MF-1 is amongst an array of environmentally-safe equipments specified for  VG-Shipping’s EcoCoasters Mirva VG and Eeva VG

Wastewater streams aboard the two state-of-the-art EcoCoasters Dutch shipyard Royal Bodewes is building for Finland’s VG-Shipping will be managed by a bespoke treatment system designed by ACO Marine. Both 4700dwt EcoCoasters Eeva VG and Mirva VG

Stakeholders Discuss Use of HFO in the Arctic

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) held a public listening session in Washington D.C. on September 27, 2016 to address ships’ use of heavy fuel oil (HFO) in the Arctic, examining its risks and as well as potential mitigation strategies which can be taken to the International Maritime Organization

Op-Ed: Alaska's Golden Offshore Opportunity

Credit: Shell McCown

Offshore energy presents a golden opportunity for Alaska and the United States.   As we enter the final quarter of the year, one of the last and most pressing pieces of business facing the Interior Department is to finalize its next offshore leasing program

Foss Maritime: Hard at Work in the Arctic

Glacier Wind in Cook Inlet (Image courtesy of Foss Maritime)

As the oil industry awaits a much-needed rebound, Foss Maritime’s robust presence in the Arctic region underscores its commitment to the region, the environment, and a business plan that looks ahead to the next chapter.   Reports of the death of commercial Arctic activities have been

Uncharted Waters: Mega-cruise Ships Ply Arctic Waters

First luxury cruise sailed Northwest Passage in Aug-Sept; Voyage will be repeated next summer.  A surge in Arctic tourism is bringing ever bigger cruise ships to the formerly isolated, ice-bound region, prompting calls for a clamp-down to prevent Titanic-style accidents and the pollution

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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