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Aker Arctic Acquires Canada’s Akac

Photo: Aker Arctic

Aker Arctic Technology Inc has acquired full ownership of Canadian based company Akac Inc, which is known in the oil and gas industry for its involvement in the Arctic offshore projects and operations.   According to Aker Arctic Technology, the acquisition strengthens its position in the field of Arctic offshore work. Akac provides tailored solutions and consultancy to enhance the operability, efficiency and safety of offshore operations in ice conditions.   The ownership change is effective as of June 1, 2015. Akac will continue operations in both its Canadian locations, under the management of newly nominated company president Evan Martin. Akac’s previous owner and founder, Dr. Arno Keinonen, will remain in the company as a senior advisor.   The new structure will allow both companies to provide more comprehensive solutions that incorporate the icebreaker design expertise of Aker Arctic with the operational experience of Akac. Aker Arctic’s existing design and model testing services will be enhanced by incorporating Akac’s practical approach and unique operational expertise in the offshore industry in ice covered waters. Technologies developed by Aker Arctic, such as the vessel simulator for ice environments, will allow Akac to better meet the needs of its clients by expanding the range of operational planning, operator training, and risk based ice management services provided.  


Bridge Systems Ordered for Canadian Navy Newbuids

Artist rendering of the definition design for Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships

OSI Maritime Systems signs contract for the implementation phase of Integrated Navigation and Bridge Systems for the Royal Canadian Navy’s Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship Program   OSI Maritime Systems Ltd.  (OSI) has signed a contract with Lockheed Martin Canada to build, deliver and support the installation of the Integrated Navigation and Bridge Systems (INBS) for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) new class of Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) to be built at the Halifax


Canada Announces Arctic Offshore Drilling Rules

The National Energy Board (NEB or the Board) released filing requirements today for future applications to drill in the Canadian Arctic Offshore. The Filing Requirements, a companion document to The Past is Always Present, Review of Offshore Drilling in the Canadian Arctic, Preparing for the Future, follows several months of extensive consultation carried out across the North during the NEB’s Arctic Review. During the Arctic Review


Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship Contract for Irving Shipbuilding

Canadian Government signs $9.3-million preliminary contract for Irving to create strategy for AOPS shipbuilding project The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, welcomed the signing of a preliminary contract with Irving Shipbuilding Inc. as part of the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) project being implemented under the National Shipbuilding


GSP Offshore Dips a Toe in Barents Sea

GSP Jupiter: Photo credit GSP Offshore

Romania's Grup Servicii Petroliere (GSP) to start drilling in June, admitting it has no experience of drilling operations in the Arctic. Operations are scheduled to start at the beginning of June and will be carried out in Dolginskoye oil field, located in the Pechora Sea, in the south eastern part of the Barents Sea, the continental shelf of the Russian Federation. MODU GSP Jupiter will perform the drilling, logging, completion and testing of North-Dolginskaya № 3 well


Collaboration Sought for Arctic Emergency Strategies

Photos courtesy of DNV GL

As offshore field developments in the North and Norwegian Seas face maturity, operators on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) are looking to the more remote areas of the Barents Sea for further development. Here harsher environmental conditions, prolonged periods of darkness and long distances to shore make evacuation and rescue of personnel on Arctic offshore installations more challenging.   A new DNV GL report examines the feasibility of emergency preparedness solutions and calls


Oil Majors Expand Far North Exploration Projects

Rosneft and ExxonMobil agree to collaborate in the search for offshore energy in the Russian Arctic & Far East,  and Alaska. The two companies have agreed to expand their cooperation under their 2011 Strategic Cooperation Agreement to include an additional approximately 600,000 square kilometers (150 million acres) of exploration acreage in the Russian Arctic and potential participation by Rosneft (or its affiliate) in the Point Thomson project in Alaska


Lockheed Martin Seeking Atlantic Canada Companies for Shipbuilding Projects

Lockheed Martin Canada, a major supplier of systems, software and professional services to the Royal Canadian Navy, will be in Saint John, Halifax and St. John’s this week to meet with companies that could become partners and suppliers on shipbuilding projects, including the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships and other future programs.  In each location, Lockheed Martin officials will provide a briefing on how companies can prepare and position themselves for shipbuilding work through


Sovcomflot Orders 3 Icebreaking Vessels from Arctech

Three Icebreaking Stand-by vessels for Sovcomflot

  Arctech Helsinki Shipyard signed a contract for building of three icebreaking stand-by vessels for Russia´s largest shipping company Sovcomflot. Vessels will be built for the North East Sakhalin Offshore region oil and gas field where they will serve the operator of Sakhalin-2, Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd. (SEIC). The contract was made in May 2014 and the total value of the order is about USD 380 million.


Arctech Helsinki Shipyard to Russian Ownership

Photo: Arctech Helsinki Shipyard

Arctech Helsinki Shipyard is now 100 percent Russian-owned as United Shipbuilding Corporation bought the remaining half of the company’s shares from STX Finland Oy.   Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Inc. was founded in December 2010 as United Shipbuilding Corporation bought the first 50 percent of the shipyard shares from STX Finland, a subsidiary of the Korean-owned STX Europe. The joint venture was established to respond to the need of growing market of Arctic shipbuilding and to


China to Use Arctic Shipping Route

Image: Chinas Maritime Safety Administration

 China plans to make use of Arctic sea route for its shipping to shorten the distance by 30 per cent compared to the ocean passages traditionally used to connect the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans through Panama Canal.    


Statoil Looks to the Arctic to Increase Exploration off Norway

Oil firm Statoil is looking to a rebound in exploration activity offshore Norway in the next few years with a focus on the Arctic, having curbed activity due to the oil price slump, the firm's exploration chief for Norway told Reuters.  


EU Adopts New Arctic Policy

 The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission have adopted a policy proposal that will guide the actions of the European Union in the Arctic region.   The European Union will step up its existing action and engagement in the region with 39


ECSA Looks Forward to Improvement of Shipping Conditions in Arctic

Photo: The Whitmore Group

 European shipowners believe that the three priority areas of the new EU Arctic Policy Communication published by the Commission this week address all topical Arctic matters. Climate change and environment, sustainable development and international cooperation in the Arctic are equally


Green Groups Urge Arctic Council Urged to Ban HFO

Supply ship. Photo: WWF-Canada

 Environmental groups want the eight countries that ring the North Pole to take a stand on banning the use of heavy fuel oil (HFO), considered one of the greatest threats to the Arctic ecosystem, reports  Canadian Press.   The use of heavy fuel oil by shipping in the Arctic could


ABS, COSCO Partner on Arctic Shipping Development

Parties bring together technical capabilities on trans-Arctic shipping Facing changing climate conditions in the Arctic which have effectively generated new opportunities shipping in the region, classification society ABS and commercial shipper China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (COSCO) have


Arctic Shipping Routes May Open by 2080 -NOC

Photo: NOC

Commercial summer shipping across the North Pole may be possible by the end of the century, with the first potential crossings feasible for ice-strengthened ships around 2040.    According to this study, by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC)


Research Priorities Defined for the Arctic

Integrating Arctic Research - A Roadmap For The Future Photo IASC

The leading international Arctic research organisations have set common scientific objectives for the coming decade. The indigenous peoples of the Arctic were also involved in this process. Under the auspices of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)


First Vessel Secures IMO Polar Code Compliance

Magne Viking (Photo: Viking Supply Ships)

 AHTS Magne Viking, owned by Viking Supply Ships, is in compliance with the new IMO Polar Code, confirms DNV GL and the Danish Maritime Authority following a successful survey.    “Having followed the development of the Polar Code for some years


Arctic Thaw Presents Shipping Risks to Environment

The U.S. Coast Guard Icebreaker Polar Star (credit: USCG)

Rising average temperatures are melting ice; the call goes out for heavy fuel oil to be regulated in Arctic. The Arctic is thawing even faster than lawmakers can formulate new rules to prevent the environmental threat of heavy fuel oil pollution from ships plying an increasingly popular trade


US Navy Sets Course for the Arctic Circle

The view at sunset of Ice Camp Nautilus, located on a sheet of ice adrift on the Arctic Ocean, during Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2014. ICEX 2014 is a U.S. Navy exercise highlighting submarine capabilities in an arctic environment. (U.S. Navy photo by Joshua Davies)

Commander, Submarine Forces (COMSUBFOR) officially kicked off Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2016 in the Arctic Ocean with the construction of U.S. Navy Ice Camp SARGO March 2.    ICEX 2016 is a five-week exercise designed to research, test and evaluate operational capabilities in the Arctic


Japan, Finland Cooperation for Arctic

Japan and Finland are ready for Arctic cooperation, including the use of the Northern Sea Route and the development of Barents Euro-Arctic region.   A joint statement of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in Tokyo says: "The two leaders confirmed


Arctic Sea Ice at Alrmingly Lower Level

Photo Credit: NASA/Operation Ice Bridge

 Low Arctic sea ice extent for March caps a highly unusual winter in the Arctic, says the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC).   In March, Arctic sea ice extent fell to its second lowest extent since 1981 — as did the overall Arctic sea ice extent for 2106.  


High Correlation of Biomass to Species Diversity in Northern Chukchi Sea - BOEM Study

Last summer, researchers began a five year study to monitor biodiversity in the Arctic Chukchi Sea from an ecosystem perspective, looking at microbes, whales and everything in between. Marine biodiversity is a key indicator of ocean health and critical ecosystem services that contribute to human


WWF-Canada Brings Lawsuit Against Shell on Arctic

Two narwhal (Monodon monoceros) surfacing to breathe in Admiralty Inlet, Lancaster Sound, Nunavut, Canada. Photo: WWF-Canada

 WWF-Canada, represented by Ecojustice lawyers, is taking legal action to quash Arctic oil and gas exploration permits that continue to obstruct conservation efforts in Lancaster Sound, Nunavut.   The environmental group believes they “continue to obstruct conservation






 
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