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Greenpeace Ship Welcomed Back After 300-day Russian Detention

Arctic Sunrise: Photo Greenpeace

The environmental protest icebreaker 'Arctic Sunrise' has sailed back into Dutch territorial waters after over 300 days in Russian custody. The ship had been held illegally since taking part in a peaceful direct action against state owned oil company Gazprom, as it tried to drill the world’s first oil well in icy Arctic waters, says Greenpeace. Several members of the so called ‘Arctic 30’ were there to greet the ship and boarded the vessel in Beverwijk, near Amsterdam. “This is a joyous day for me, for my friends and for the millions of people around the world who campaigned for the release of the Arctic 30 and the Arctic Sunrise”, says Dutch climate and energy campaigner Faiza Oulahsen, who spent two months in Russian prison last year on piracy and then hooliganism charges following the protest. The activists saw the ship for the first time since it was seized by Russian security agents on September 19th 2013. The ship will then sail to the harbour of Amsterdam, accompanied by a fleet of Greenpeace supporters in small vessels. Greenpeace adds that in Amsterdam the Arctic Sunrise will host a humble, but festive homecoming ceremony. On board the ship is a samovar, a traditional Russian tea-pot. The tea-pot, engraved with the words ‘MY Arctic Sunrise - From Russia with love’, will stay on board, as an ongoing symbol of support and care from the Russian Arctic defenders


SAIC Tsunami Buoy System for Russian Federation

PRNewsFoto/SAIC

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) announced it has been awarded a contract for the production and delivery of an SAIC Tsunami Buoy (STB) system by the Far Eastern Ecological Center, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, for the Far Eastern Regional Hydrometeorological Research Institute (FERHRI), Vladivostok, Russian Federation. The STB system will be one of the key sensors monitored by the Tsunami Warning Center in the Russian Far East


Software Radio Technology Wins Big Russian AIS Contract

Software Radio Technology plc (“SRT”} wins contract to supply Transas of Russia with Glonass – capable AIS systems Software Radio Technology plc (“SRT”} announce it has signed an AIS supply agreement with Transas Navigator (“Transas”) of Russia with an initial frame order for Class A products worth US$1.25 million which is expected to be delivered over the next twelve months in minimum call-offs of US$250,000.


Russian Shipyard Cuts First Metal for Mistral-class Warship

Mistral-class Ship: Photo credit Wikimedia CCL

Baltic Shipyard cuts metal for the hull of  first Mistral-class amphibious assault ship for construction in France. Russia and France signed a US$1.2-billion contract on two French-built Mistral class ships, including the transfer of sensitive technology, in June 2011. Under the contract, STX France will carry out the final assembly of the hulls from 24 blocks produced in Russia. STX France handed over in July the first batch of technical documentation on the Mistral project to Russian


Greenpeace sends protest ship as first Russian Arctic oil arrives

Rainbow Warrior

  Greenpeace International has sent out a ship 'Rainbow Warrior'on Monday to confront the Russian Oil tanker bringing the first oil produced at a new Russian offshore platform in the Arctic Circle to Rotterdam. The oil was drilled at the Prirazlomnaya platform, an offshore rig owned by Russian energy giant Gazprom and the site of Greenpeace's protest last September. The ship sailed from the port of Rotterdam at 12:40 Dutch time (13:40 GMT), told AFP Saliz Patrick


Russia, Japan Hold Shipbuilding and Repair Seminar

The fourth Russian-Japanese seminar Development of Cooperation in Shipbuilding and Ship Repair, organized by Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) and the Japan Ship Machinery & Equipment Association (JSMEA), was held September 4-5 in St. Petersburg. More than 30 representatives from 11 Japanese suppliers of ship equipment and components took part in the seminar, along with representatives of Russian maritime industry enterprises


Russian Tanker Seized Off West Africa

Reports indicate that armed men have seized a Russian tanker off the West African coast and sailed it to Guinea. Russian officials say the men came on board and claimed that the tanker had entered Guinea's territorial waters. The ship, which was chartered by a Swiss-based oil company, is now in Conakry, the capital of Guinea. Russia says it will request information from authorities in Guinea and demand the ship's release.


Police Investigation in Moscow at Aker Kvaerner

Russian police came to the Aker Kvaerner Engineering & Technology representation office in Moscow to inquire about a complaint from a former Russian business partner regarding Aker Kvaerner Engineering & Technology's acquisition of 56 percent ownership in Astrakhan Korabel. The inquiry concerns Aker Kvaerner Engineering & Technology's acquisition of shares from the Finnish company RR Offshore Oy. There were 14 employees working in the office when the police started investigation


Petrofac Offers Accredited Offshore Safety Training in Russia

Photo courtesy of Petrofac Training Services

Petrofac Training Services' training centre the first in Russia to offer OPITO accredited OERTM, CASS & Escape Chute training. The company has achieved OPITO accreditation at its state-of-the-art base on Sakhalin Island, having continuously added to its offering at the STTC since it first opened its doors in 2008, initially providing technical and language training to meet the demands of the region’s rapidly expanding oil and gas workforce.


The Bounds of Arctic Russia Defined

Antique Arctic Map image in public domain

A decree defining the land territory of Arctic Russia has been signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and published on the Kremlin's website, reports the officeal news agency Arctic-Info. According to the [final] document, the Russian Arctic zone includes the territory of Murmansk Region, the Nenets, Chukchi and Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Regions, the municipal formation of the the urban district of Vorkuta (Komi Republic), the municipal district of Norilsk


Morgan Stanley says "no assurance" Rosneft Deal Will Close

  Morgan Stanley said on Friday that there is "no assurance" a deal to sell its physical oil trading business to Russian oil company Rosneft will close. The Wall Street bank cited a contractual requirement to get regulatory approvals by year end


Northern Fleet’s Environmental Center in Arctic

Northern Fleet’s Environmental Center to appear in the Arctic

  The regional Environmental Center of the Northern Fleet will be established in the Arctic in the near future. The news agency TASS reported the news with reference to the Deputy Russian Defense Minister Army General Dmitry Bulgakov.


Simushir Under Tow by Barbara Foss

Simushir Under Tow By Barbara Foss

  Foss Maritime's ocean-going tug, the Barbara Foss, is towing the Russian cargo vessel, Simushir, which lost power late Thursday night off the west coast of Haida Gwaii. The Barbara Foss is currently traveling at 5.5 knots and is expected to arrive at the Port of Prince Rupert


Total CEO Killed in Moscow Runway Accident

Christophe de Margerie

Private jet collided with snow plow during takeoff; Total's CEO a defender of Moscow policies. Insiders Boisseau and Pouyanne long seen as potential successors. The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when his private jet collided with a snow plough as


Exxon: U.S. to Allow Wind Down Ops in Russian Arctic

U.S. oil major Exxon Mobil said on Friday the U.S. Treasury Department granted it a license to wind down operations on a drilling well in the Kara Sea in the Russian Arctic. U.S. sanctions on Russia over its aggression in the Ukraine seek to stop billions of dollars worth of cooperation between


Russia's Yamal LNG Project May Tap Wealth Fund in 2014

Yamal megaproject

  Russia's Novatek may get funds from the National Wealth Fund for its Yamal LNG project before the year-end, a minister said, as part of government plans to support sanction-hit companies. Russia's No.2 gas producer, co-owned by an ally of President Vladimir Putin, Gennady Timchenko


Rosneft, ExxonMobil Continue Drilling for Now

Russia's Rosneft and U.S. ExxonMobil are continuing to drill in the Kara Sea and plan to stop work by Oct. 10, Russian Deputy Energy Minister Kirill Molodtsov said on Tuesday. "They are drilling and will be drilling until Oct. 10. They did have to stop on Sept


Russian Class & Arctic Operations

LNGC Velikiy Novgorod under construction.

When it comes to Arctic operations, the Russians arguably have more hands-on experience and investment than any other nation. With that in mind, Maritime Reporter spoke recently with Georgiy Bedrik, Head of the RS Business Development Division, for his input on RS and matters of the Arctic


Delivery of Russia’s Mistral-class Warship ‘Conditional’

Mistral-class warship: Photo CCL

Paris continues to believe that the transfer of a Mistral-class ship to Russia is not possible at the moment, according to official Russian News Agency ITAR/TAS, citing a Foreign Ministry spokesperson. The spokesperson recalled President Francois Hollande’s statement of September 18 that


Steel Cut for Yamal LNG Project’s Lead Tanker

SCF Yamalmax mock up (image courtesy of SCF Group)

A steel-cutting ceremony was held on September 29 for the lead gas tanker ordered by SCF Group for transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) under the Yamal LNG project. The prototype vessel will be operated under a long-term time charter between OAO Sovcomflot and JSC Yamal LNG.


Yamal LNG: Steel Cut for First Arctic Gas Carrier

Construction of an Arctic gas carrier for OAO Sovcomflot has begun under the survey of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS).The ship is being built as part of Yamal LNG, a major Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG) project being implemented in the Arctic.


RS at Offshore Marintec Russia

From October 7-10, 2014, Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) will participate in Offshore Marintec Russia, the International Conference and Exhibition, a new project for the Russian market. The event is focused on offshore development and is dedicated to the specialists of oil and gas


Iran Won't Replace Russia as Top Gas Supplier

 Iran is not ready to replace Russia as a key gas supplier if sanctions against Tehran are removed, Itar-Tass news agency quoted Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as telling Russian TV channel Rossiya 1. The European Union is quietly increasing the urgency of a plan to import natural gas


Russia Going Ahead with South Stream Gas Pipeline

South Stream gas pipeline design capacity 63 billion cubic meters per annum.

The Russia-led South Stream undersea gas pipeline is still going ahead, Energy Minister Alexander Novak was quoted as saying on Saturday, following concerns the European Union might be losing enthusiasm for the project. The natural gas pipeline, which will cost an estimated $40 billion


Samsung Heavy to Tankers for Gazprom

South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries plans to build three Arctic tankers for Russian oil company Gazprom Neft, which has been targeted by Western sanctions, sources familiar with the deal said. The sanctions imposed on Moscow over its role in the crisis in Ukraine have complicated






 
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