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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.   


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.   


Two Product Tankers Collide in the Arctic

Svyatoy Pavel. Photo by Myship

Two Product tankers, Svyatoy Petr and Svyatoy Pavel collided during a passage of Northern Sea Route in convoy with nuclear icebreaker Vaygach.    The collision happened on 70 nautical miles SouthWest off New Siberian islands in Laptev sea.  


Concept of Container for North Sea Route

Photo courtesy of korabli.eu

  At a meeting of the scientific and technical council of the Central Research Institute of the Navy in St. Petersburg presented the concept of the Arctic Arc container class 7. According to the publication "Maritime News of Russia"


Around 20 African Migrants Lost at Sea After Boat Sinks

Around 20 African migrants are missing at sea after their boat sunk in the Atlantic Ocean around 20 miles off the coast of Western Sahara, Spanish sea rescue services said on Wednesday.   Spanish lifeguards rescued 22 African men from the sea late on Tuesday in stormy conditions and


Northern Sea Freight Traffic Volumes Surge

Northern Sea Route Photo Arctic Info

In 2015, the volume of freight traffic along the Northern Sea Route has increased by 1.2 million tons and amounted to 5.1 million tonnes. This was at a meeting of the International Forum "The Arctic: Present and Future" in St. Petersburg deputy head FGKU "Administration of the


Italy Navy Rescues 209 From Migrant Boats

Italy's navy rescued 290 migrants and recovered six bodies from the water near a half-sunken rubber boat on Thursday, the first sea deaths recorded on the North Africa to Italy route this year, a spokesman said.   The navy rescued 109 migrants from a large rubber boat in the morning


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






 
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