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Operation to Liberate the MV Arctic Sea

According to Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, eight people of Estonian, Latvian and Russian nationality were arrested during the operation to liberate the Arctic Sea. Investigations revealed that on July 24, 2009, these people boarded the Arctic Sea and using the threat of arms, demanded that the crew change course. Then the Arctic Sea sailed on to an African route indicated by the aggressors and turned off its navigation equipment. Serdyukov reported on the measures taken in accordance with the President's instructions concerning the disappearance of the Arctic Sea and the Russian crew on board. Earlier on during the meeting, Serdyukov reported to President Medvedev that the crew of the Arctic Sea has been released.


Arctic Sea Ice Report

The National Snow and Ice Data Center, sponsored by the University of Colorado and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), issued its report on Arctic sea ice. The ice in the Arctic Ocean has reached its minimum extent for 2009 and is starting to reform. This year’s minimum extent is above the record and near-record minimums of the last two years, but lower than the average minimums of the past 30 years. (9/17/09).


Underprepared for Maritime Accidents

NOAA photo: Ice and open water in the Beaufort Sea north of Alaska.

The UNH/NOAA said that the existing infrastructure for responding to maritime accidents in the Arctic is limited and more needs to be done to enhance emergency response capacity as Arctic sea ice declines and ship traffic in the region increases, according to new report released on Jan. 29 by the University of New Hampshire and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The report details findings from a panel of experts and decision-makers from Arctic nation governments


Halt Arctic Oil Drilling Urges UK Parliamentary Committee

The Environmental Audit Committee has published the report of its inquiry into Protecting the Arctic. The Environmental Audit Committee calls for a halt on oil drilling until:     •    A pan-Arctic oil spill response standard is in place     •    A stricter financial liability regime for oil and gas operations is introduced that requires companies to prove that they can meet the costs of cleaning up


ABB to Supply Key Equipment for Russian Icebreaker

Depicted: The new icebreaker vessel under construction for Russia’s state shipping company Rosmorport FSUE.

ABB wins $35 million order for next generation icebreaker in Russia’s Arctic. Integrated propulsion and electrical systems to maximize performance and energy efficiency of icebreaker expected to operate in 2 meters of ice at minus 35 degrees Celsius Zurich, Switzerland, October 1, 2012 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, recently won an order worth $35 million from the Baltic Shipyard Ltd


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.   The Ministry says that the station will be an important instrument in securing Russian presence in the Arctic and will give Russia the opportunity to set new priorities for the scientific research on the drifting ice.  


Northern Sea Route Ice-free Soon?

EM Bird: Photo credit AWI

Winter measurements by Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research point to early and large scale summer melt The Northern Passage, the sea route along the North coast of Russia, is expected to be free of ice early again this summer. The forecast was made by sea ice physicists of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association based on a series of measurement flights over the Laptev Sea, a marginal sea of the Arctic Ocean.


RS Signs Classification Agreement with Nordic Yards

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) and Nordic Yards Wismar GMBH have signed an agreement on classification under construction and survey for compliance with the applicable statutory requirements of two MPSV 06 NY multipurpose icebreaking salvage vessels. The ships of 7 MW each to be constructed by 2015 in Wismar (Germany) under the Federal Target Program Transport System Development in Russia (2010-2015) by the order of the Federal Treasury Institution State Customer Directorate for


New Arctic Spyship Hull Arrives at Norwegian Shipyard

Norwegian Arctic Surveillance vessel: Photo courtesy of NMI

The first photo of what is to be the most important military intelligence vessel for NATO in the Barents and Arctic Seas is to be seen on the right. “This is an important project to ensure Norway’s interests in the North. Control with the development there is strategically important for Norway,” says Head of the Norwegian Military Intelligence Lieutenant General Kjell Grandhagen. The hull was completed in a Romanian shipyard then towed to Norway's Vard Lansten Shipyard


Icebreakers Ordered for Neft’s Novy Port Project

Image: Aker Arctic

Aker Arctic’s icebreaker design selected for Gazprom Neft’s Novy Port project   Aker Arctic and Vyborg Shipyard have confirmed a contract for the design of two new icebreakers based on Aker ARC 130 A design. The icebreakers will be used in the oil terminal operated by LLC Gazprom Neft Novy Port in the Gulf of Ob.   The new icebreakers represent a further development of the Aker ARC 130 icebreaker concept originally developed for the Finnish Transport Agency


Protesters Gather in Seattle to Block Access to Shell Oil Rig

About 200 protesters gathered at the Port of Seattle on Monday to block access to a Royal Dutch Shell drilling rig headed for the Arctic this summer to resume exploration for oil and gas reserves.   Holding signs reading "Shell No" and "Seattle Loves the Arctic


RV Polarstern Sets Course for Spitsbergen

RV Polarstern

  On Tuesday, 19 May 2015 the research icebreaker Polarstern will leave its home port in Bremerhaven, setting a course for the Arctic. Led by Dr Ilka Peeken from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) a team of 53 researchers from 11 countries will


U.S. Senators Urge Obama to Block Arctic Oil Drilling

The Arctic is estimated to hold the worlds largest remaining untapped gas reserves  Photo WWF

  A group of 18 mostly Democratic U.S. senators on Friday urged the Obama administration to stop Royal Dutch Shell's preparations for oil exploration in the Arctic, saying the region has a severely limited capacity to respond to accidents.


Alaska, Washington to build Arctic Icebreakers

Arctic icebreaker

  Senator Lisa Murkowski, Alaska, and Senator Maria Cantwell, Washington, have introduced a bill that would authorize the Navy to build up six icebreakers for use by the U.S. Coast Guard. The senators believe that the Coast Guard and the Navy need the icebreakers — which cost


Arctic Yacht Race from New York to Victoria

Arctic Yacht Race route: Sailing the Arctic Race (STAR)

 Extreme Arctic yacht race planned  a race through the Northwest Passage, from New York to Vancouver Island, is possible only because of sea-ice melt, the organizer says.   Sailing The Arctic Race (STAR) is launching an extreme sailing race from the Atlantic to the Pacific through


Murmansk Region Head for Zoning Arctic Territories

Courtesy Arctic Info

  Murmansk Governor Marina Kovtun, at the first meeting of the State Commission for the development of the Arctic has proposed a change to the system of energy pricing for the Murmansk region and zoning of marine areas. The authorities of the Murmansk region linked the successful


Arctic Offshore Rig Gets USCG Escort

(U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Air Station Port Angeles)

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) crews escorted heavy lift ship Blue Marlin as it toted a controversial 38,000-metric-ton drilling rig into Port Angeles, Wash., Friday. Blue Marlin, Dockwise’s 674-foot semi-submersible heavy lift ship, was escorted into its anchorage location in Port Angeles while


Arctic Nations to Fight Climate Change Despite Russia Tensions

Arctic Nations

  The eight Arctic Council nations pledged on Friday to do more to combat climate change that is shrinking the vast frigid region, with countries trying to put aside disputes over issues like Russia's intervention in Ukraine. Meeting in the Canadian town of Iqaluit


Arctic Whitening Might Help Ice But Not Climate

Image by Carnegie Institution for Science

 The attempt to artificially whiten the surface of the Arctic Ocean and offset climate change will not be able to reduce global temperatures substantially. It could in principle help restore some amount of sea ice, says a research based on model configurations.  


Shell Awaits U.S. Nod, Pushes Ahead in Arctic

Royal Dutch Shell is pushing ahead with plans to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean near Alaska this summer despite opposition from environmental groups. The Anglo-Dutch oil major is preparing "an armada of 25 vessels" to begin a two-year programme to explore two to three wells in


US Approves Shell's Plan to Drill for Oil in Arctic

Drill barge Kulluk, used for oil exploration in the Arctic, drifted aground December 31, 2012. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Jonathan Klingenberg)

Royal Dutch Shell's return to oil drilling in the U.S. Arctic for the first time since 2012 took a big step forward on Monday when the Obama administration approved the company's exploration plan.   The Department of Interior conditionally approved Shell's plan to explore for oil in the


Baltika's DP and Autopilot Pass Ice Trials

Baltika icebreaking (Photo: Aker Arctic)

The dynamic positioning control system and autopilot onboard the icebreaking rescue and emergency vessel Baltika have been approved as meeting performance expectations, following a set of Arctic ice trials in the Kara Sea.   Developed by Finnish company Aker Arctic Technology


Shale Revolution in US Cannot Alter Arctic Oil

Sergey Donskoy

Even the so-called shale revolution in the United States did not stop striving for sustainable business with the direct support of the state to extract "Arctic" oil Don wrote on his page to Facebook. In the Arctic sector of the US (Alaska) are two sedimentary basins - the North Slope


Seattle Flotilla Protests Shell's Arctic Drilling Plans

Environment Friendly Port of Seattle

  Hundreds of activists in kayaks and small boats fanned out on a Seattle bay on Saturday to protest plans by Royal Dutch Shell to resume oil exploration in the Arctic and keep two of its drilling rigs stored in the city's port. Environmental groups have vowed to disrupt the Anglo-Dutch


Anti-Arctic Drilling Activists Hold 'Shell No' Protest in Seattle

Photo: Greenpeace USA

 Seattleites took a dramatic stand, er paddle, against Arctic oil drilling. Local Native Americans and concerned citizens took to kayak and canoe and surrounded a giant, Arctic-bound Royal Dutch Shell oil drilling rig currently making a layover in the Port of Seattle.  






 
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