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Northern Sea Route – Maritime Rescue Centers Planned

Northwest Passage: Photo credit Wiki CCL Rodbauer

Russia plans to open the first of 10 search & rescue centers this summer The first, in Dudinka, will become operational in time for this year's Northern Sea Route navigable season, according to a report on Russia's 'Arcticuniverse' online publication. Russia is investing in the future of the northern Sea Route and is to spend nearly €23.4 million in development of ten centers from Murmansk in the West to Chukotka in the East. Three of the centers will be located on Chukotka and Anadyr, the other seven in Murmansk, Arkhangelsk, Naryan-Mar, Vorkuta, Nadym, Dudinka and Tiksi. A total of 980 persons will be working at the centers. “It is our intention to turn the Northern Sea Route into a key transport route of global importance”, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has said."  “We believe that NSR has a bright future as an international transport artery capable of being a competitor to more traditional routes, both when it comes to price, safety and quality”. The main challenges for a more use of the sea route are the need for new icebreakers and the lack of infrastructure, first of all instruments for navigation and communication and bases for search and rescue services.


Russian Bulker Transits NSR Arrives Tianjin, China

Inzhener Trubin: Photo Wiki CCL

The bulk carrier 'Inzhener Trubin' which is part of a pilot Northern Sea Route (NSR) trade expedition on the Tyumen-Sabetta-China route, has arrived after a 9-day voyage. After discharging cargo will load Chinese goods for the return voyage to Russia, reports Arica-Info. Since departing Sabetta InzhenerTrubin has been at sea for 32 days, and the vessel has covered over 11,000 kilometers. In the Kara Sea the bulk carrier was joined a convoy of ships escorted by nuclear icebreaker Vaygach


Minoan Mulls Route Expansions

Greek ferry operator Minoan Lines said on Monday it plans to expand into new sea routes linking the ports of West Italy with Malta and Tunisia and later expanding to French ports in the Mediterranean. The company's statement on its plans was issued after Minoan's chairman Costas Kleronomos announced the decision during the delivery ceremony of the operator's newest vessel, the 2,200 passenger Festos Palace, over the weekend at Fincantieri shipyards in Genoa, Italy.


Northern Sea Route Transit Record Likely to be Broken

After a slow start this summer mariime transport along the northern Sea Route has gained speed the last couple of weeks. In course of the two first months of this years’ sailing period only nine vessels had used the Northern Sea Route (NSR) for transportation of cargo between Europe and Asia, as reported in 'BarentsObserver'. During the last two weeks, things have really gained speed, and the number of vessels sailing the NSR has now reached a total of 22 – 13 from the west


MOL China Shipping J/V Orders NSR LNG Carriers

LNG Carrier: Rendering MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) says its joint venture with China Shipping (Group) Company has signed shipbuilding contracts with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in Korea to build three ice class LNG carriers for the [Russian] Yamal LNG project. The ice class LNG carriers for the project will have independent ice-breaking capabilities that enable them to sail in icy seas with maximum 2.1m ice thickness


Arctic Shipping Routes: P&I Insurance FAQs

Arctic navigation: File photo

The UK P&I Club has compiled an FAQ which focuses on the implications for P&I insurance of choosing to use the Northern Sea Route. The Northern Sea Route (NSR), or North East Passage, runs along the Russian coast from the Atlantic to the Pacific through the Kara, Laptev, East Siberian, and Chukchi Seas, having the potential to significantly shorten voyage times between European and Far Eastern ports. The exact routing is variable and depends on the time of the year, ice conditions


Jo Tankers Receives Charges from EU over Alleged Cartel

Norwegian tanker company Jo Tankers has confirmed it has received a statement of objections from the European Commission regarding an antitrust probe into bulk liquid shipping companies. Jo Tankers' legal counsel Bert Seevinck told Thomson Financial News: 'I can confirm that we have been informed that the EU has entered into the final stage of its investigations.' The response follows a confirmation from peer Odfjell ASA that the EU Commission had begun formal investigations of it in an


Tight stow for the Jumbo Javelin

Jumbo recently transported two huge Ship-to-Shore Kalmar cranes, combined with a total of 7 knocked down RTG’s from Taicang, China to Cartagena, Colombia for its client Cargotec.   Since the STS cranes were too big to handle in their fully assembled shape, both cranes were shipped in (still respectable) parts to fit Jumbo Javelin’s deck and cargo hold. Because of the enormous width, height and weight of the cranes and in order to remain within all safety margins during the


Northern Sea Route: Sabetta Port Seen as Focal Point

Map courtesy of Yamal LNG

During a meeting on the implementation of the Yamal LNG project, Russian President Vladimir Putin noted the value of the seaport of Sabetta for further development of the Northern Sea Route, reports 'Arctic Info'. According to the President, the volume of traffic on the Northern Sea Route this year was 1.5 million tonnes. By 2015, this figure may reach 4 million tons, and he considered that the construction of the modern Arctic port, with construction funds of 47


Cheng Ho Maritime Sea Route Inaugurated

China’s Admiral Cheng Ho (Zheng He) (1371-1435) Image by Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia

 Indonesia's Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Indroyono Soesilo inaugurated on Saturday the Cheng Ho sea route package aimed at attracting mainly Chinese tourists.   The tourism route is named "The Cheng Ho Sea Route: Archipelagic Sailing" after the legendary Chinese admiral, a Muslim eunuch from the Ming Dynasty who led voyages to Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and East Africa between 1405 and 1433.   


Italy Rescues Nearly 1,800 Migrants in Mediterranean

Italian vessels have helped rescue nearly 1,800 migrants from boats trying to reach Italy from north Africa in the last 24 hours, the navy said on Friday, indicating that numbers are rising as the weather warms up. The navy said 1,759 migrants were rescued in 10 operations involving the Italian


China Issues Guidance on Arctic Navigation

(Photo: Maritime Safety Administration of the Peoples Republic of China)

On April 5, China issued “Guidances on Arctic navigation in the Northwest route 2015”, which provides navigation information services for international navigation ships planned navigating in Arctic waters.   The Northwest Passage


Smartphone App Aims to Aid Migrant Sea Rescues

Photo: International Maritime Organization

A smartphone application that allows users to scan the Mediterranean for boats in distress is being tested by a migrant rescue service, which hopes that crowdsourced information will help it save more people.   The I SEA App, available on iTunes


Russia Launches ‘World’s Largest’ Nuclear Icebreaker

The launching ceremony for nuclear icebreaker Arktika took place at the Baltijskiy Zavod in St Petersburg (Photo: Rosatom)

Russia has unveiled Arktika, touted as the world’s largest and most powerful nuclear icebreaker, during a launching ceremony on June 16 at Baltic Shipyard in St Petersburg.   The 173 meter long, 34 meter wide Arktika is the lead nuclear icebreaker ordered by Russia's Rosatom


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


Two Migrants Drown off Sicily, Italy Coastguard Says

Two migrants drowned off the coast of Sicily, Italy's coastguard said on Friday, adding to the thousands who have died in the Mediterranean in the last year as European Union leaders argued in Brussels over how to deal with the crisis.  


Strong Growth in Container Traffic between Austria and Hamburg

In 2015 around 295,000 TEU – 20-ft standard containers – were transported between the Port of Hamburg and intermodal terminals in Austria by rail. That represents a 9.3 percent gain, setting a new record for Hamburg’s seaport-hinterland services with Austria


Rederi AB Gotland Looks to the Future

Rederi AB Gotland RoPax ferry (Image: Evac)

Nutrient removal in membrane bioreactor wastewater treatment systems is the future. Rederi AB Gotland acts now for both savings and the sake of our seas.   Rederi AB Gotland, Sweden’s oldest passenger shipping company, has chosen Evac products to equip its new LNG-fueled passenger and


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


Damen Delivers Modular Dredger to Van Oord

MMuC (Photo: Damen Marine Services)

To support its ongoing dredging activities, Van Oord has commenced an 18-month charter agreement with Damen Marine Services for a Modular Multi Cat (MMuC) 2210. Damen completed construction under a short timescale, delivering the vessel just four months after contract signing


GAC, Far East Development Fund Team up to develop NSR

International shipping companies transiting the Northern Sea Route Photo GAC

GAC Russia has teamed up with the Far East Development Fund to address the challenges faced by international shipping companies transiting the Northern Sea Route (NSR), and to make this transport corridor more attractive to ship and cargo owners.


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.    


France to Help Libya with Naval Security

Image: French Navy

 France has expressed its willingness to help Libya’s new unity government with maritime security as the fledgling administration seeks to assert its authority over the chaos-wracked country, reports AFP.   "We must wait for [Libyan] Prime Minister [Fayez Sarraj] to tell us


Ice Navigation System Selected for Magne Viking

Magne Viking (Photo: Rutter)

Rutter Inc. announced that Viking Ice Consultancy selected the sigma S6 Ice Navigator system for installation on the Magne Viking, the first vessel to comply with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Polar Code approved by DNV GL.   


113 Migrants Drown in Libya-Italy Weekend Transits

An estimated 113 people died in four shipwrecks between Libya and Italy at the weekend as the crossing becomes the preferred sea route for migrants to Europe, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday. With the closing of land routes in the Balkans and a recent deal






 
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