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Two Seattle-based Coast Guard Divers die in Arctic Ocean

Accoring to reports, two Seattle-based Coast Guard divers died Thursday while diving in the Arctic Ocean, about 500 miles north of Barrow, Alaska. Lt. Jessica Hill, 30, of St. Augustine, Fla., and Petty Officer 2nd Class Steven Duque, 26, of Miami, were assigned to the Cutter Healy. The ship was on a scientific mission when the deaths occurred, according to the Coast Guard. Hill and Duque were on a practice dive familiarizing themselves with the cold waters of the Arctic Ocean, the Coast Guard said. The cause of this dive accident is under investigation. The 420-foot Healy is one of three polar ice breakers operated by the Coast Guard. Healy is primarily used for Arctic science operations under sponsorship of the U.S. National Science Foundation. Source: Seattle Times


Chinese Icebreaker Transits Northern Sea Route

Photo credit:antarctica.gov.au

The icebreaker 'Xuelong' made the Arctic Ocean passage from China through to Norwegian waters. The Chinese icebreaker completed the Arctic North-East Passage marking the first such voyage by a Chinese vessel and opening an Arctic route connecting the Pacific and the Atlantic for future Chinese science expeditions. In completing the voyage, the icebreaker Xuelong or Snow Dragon channeled through five marginal seas of the Arctic Ocean: the Chukchi Sea, the East Siberian Sea, the Laptev Sea


Samsung Wins Tanker Contract

According to a Korea Herald report, Samsung Heavy Industries Co. won a $422.5 million deal to build three arctic tankers for Russian state-owned shipper Sovcomflot. Samsung is the first Korean shipbuilder to receive an order for ice-breaking oil-carriers. Sovcomflot plans to operate the artic tankers over the Barents Sea between the Varandiy oil well in the Arctic Ocean and Murmansk harbor in Russia, according to the report


U.S., Canadian Coast Guard Oil Spill Exercise

Representatives from the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards, Arctic region stakeholders and established responders are scheduled to hold a joint “Canada - United States North” (CANUSNORTH) tabletop exercise March 16 and 17 at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage. This biennial exercise provides an opportunity for all responders to work together to consult on local issues and improve communications and coordination for potential responses to pollution incidents in the contiguous


Adm. Papp Continues USCG Arctic Outreach

Anchorage, Alaska Introductions: Photo credit USCG

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp has spent a week in Alaska, underscoring the importance of establishing and maintaining a range of Arctic partnerships. Despite snowfall in the North Slope of Alaska last week and cooler than average temperatures all summer, Arctic sea ice extent tracked well below average again this year. This ongoing transformation of the Arctic Ocean from a solid expanse of inaccessible ice fields into an emerging maritime frontier is attracting increased human activity


Navy Submarines Begin Arctic Ocean Exercises

Arctic-bound USS New Mexico: USN official photo

Virginia-class attack submarine USS New Mexico (SSN 779) and Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Hampton (SSN 767) have commenced Ice Exercise 2014 (ICEX 2014) in the Arctic Ocean, says Commander,  US Submarine Forces. "In keeping with the Department of Defense's Arctic Objectives, the Submarine Force uses Ice Exercises to prepare for a wide range of challenges and contingencies," said Capt. Paul Whitescarver


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.


USCGC HEALY Geophysical Survey

The National Science Foundation is making available a draft environmental assessment for the proposed marine geophysical survey to be conducted by the USCG icebreaker HEALY. Plans call for the HEALY to transit the Arctic Ocean from northern Alaska to Svalbard during the period 5 August to 30 September 2005. Scientific research, particularly sediment coring, will be conducted en route. While marine mammals will be encountered


NOAA Meetings Arctic Oil & Gas Activities

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will conduct five scoping meetings to receive public comments on its planned environmental impact statement on the effects of oil and gas activities in the Arctic Ocean. Meeting will be held in Wainwright (March 9); Barrow (March 10); Nuiqsut (March 11); Kaktovik (March 12); and Anchorage (March 23). Written comments should be submitted by April 9. 75 Fed. Reg. 8304 (February 24, 2010).


Arctic Research Ship Scientists on Thin Ice

Polarstern Backdrops Scientific Expedition: Photo credit Alfred Wegener Institute

Return to Bremerhaven: The research vessel 'Polarstern' returns with new findings from the Central Arctic during the 2012 ice minimum. After a good two months. 54 scientists and technicians from twelve different countries conducted research on the retreat of the sea ice and the consequences for the Arctic Ocean and its ecosystems Since its departure from Tromsø (Norway) on 2 August 2012 Polarstern has travelled some 12,000 kilometres and conducted research at 306 stations


Arctic Sea Ice Sets Record Low Extent at Winter Maximum

Photo courtesy of the National Snow and Ice Data Center

Arctic sea ice has set a new winter record by freezing over the smallest extent since satellite records began in 1979, in a new sign of long-term climate change, U.S. data showed on Thursday.   The ice floating on the Arctic Ocean around the North Pole reached its maximum annual extent of


Russia's Floating Research Station Unfolds in the Arctic

Arctic Research: The University of Alaska Fairbanks

 The Russian Ministry of Natural Resources says that Russia plans to establish a floating research station in Arctic sea. The floating research station “North Pole-41” is already in the making, says the Ministry statement.  


Seattle Fears Arctic drilling, Shell Moves Rigs

How we operate in the Arctic: Shell Global

 Shell Oil Co is poised to restart oil drilling in the Arctic in the near future once it receives the go-ahead from the U.S. government, which could happen soon.     The decision to allow the oil company access has been controversial among environmentalists groups as well as local


Nations Convene for Arctic Maritime Discussion

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft speaks during the Arctic Coast Guard Forum (USCG photo by Patrick Kelley)

Citing an increasing need to ensure safety, security and stewardship of Arctic waters, member countries of the Arctic Council gathered at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters Wednesday for a two-day Arctic Coast Guard Forum (ACGF) Experts Meeting.  


Naval EXPO Coming to Washington

  For the first time ever, the general public will be admitted free to the Naval Future Force Science and Technology EXPO general exhibit hall Feb. 4-5 where they will be able to see the Electromagnetic Railgun, an autonomous swarmboat, a firefighting robot and much more.


WOC Partners With The Economist for 2014 Summits

File photo by WOC

  The World Ocean Council is partnering again with The Economist to help engage the ocean business community in upcoming events: For the third Arctic Summit, the WOC is working with The Economist to help ensure Arctic business community participation


NOIA: Don’t Freeze US Opportunity with Arctic Regulations

National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Randall Luthi issued a statement in response to the Obama Administration’s proposed Arctic Regulations on offshore oil and gas production, stating the U.S. must take steps to become a leader in Arctic Energy.  


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


Royal Navy Data Provide Insights for Arctic Science

Image: Arctic Council Secretariat

 The researchers at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have investigated the nature of turbulence in the ocean beneath the Arctic sea-ice using recently released Royal Navy submarine data reports Science Daily.   This meeting of oceanography and military intelligence has seen


Arctic on Thin Ice

Arctic Sea Ice: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

 Arctic sea ice - the ice that freezes and floats on Arctic waters - is thinning at a steadier and faster rate than researchers previously thought, a new study finds.   Using modern and historic measurements, the researchers got an extensive view of how the thickness of Arctic sea ice


Martian Ocean Held More Water than the Arctic

An artist’s impression of the ancient ocean on Mars. Credits: Mars Geronimo Villanueva/NASA

 The National Aeronautics and Space Administration say there was once more water on the planet Mars than in the Arctic Ocean on Earth.   In a new study in the journal Science, space agency researchers say they compared the ratio of two different types of water found in the Martian


US Navy Drones to Fight Russia in Arctic

US and Russian interests in the Arctic: Source: Jeannette Lee, National Geographic

 The U.S. Navy has deployed underwater drones beneath the ice in the Arctic Ocean to assess how quickly the ice is melting and understand how soon the U.S. and Russia will be competing for strategic waterways in the region, reports Sputnik.  


Oil Price Fall May Aid Long-term Arctic Exploitation

Photo: NOAA

A fall in oil prices may help long-term exploitation of fossil fuels in the Arctic by averting a short-lived "gold rush" into the vulnerable icy region, Norway's Foreign Minister Boerge Brende said on Thursday.   Exploitation of oil and gas required long planning to safeguard the


Arctic warms up to Shipping

The Arctic (University of Wyoming, Atmospheric Science)

 Diplomats from global trade and economic powers signaled their governments' growing interest in Arctic transit and heavy shipping in the Arctic Ocean. Arctic Business Forum held in Rovaniemi from March 10 to March 12 forecast huge possibility for business and investment in the arctic region


Putin Puts Northern Fleet on Full Combat Alert

Ships of Russian Navy Northern Fleet. Photo: Gazprom

 Russian President Vladimir Putin put the nation’s northern fleet on full alert in the Arctic Ocean this week, as the U.S. and several Eastern European NATO countries conduct a series of military exercises near Russia's border.  






 
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