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Russia Setting Up Another Arctic Sea Defence Base

The Siberian Department of Spetsstroy of Russia has begun work on the construction of buildings and structures on one of the islands of the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago, commissioned by the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation, reports the official agency Arctic-Info. Construction of facilities as part of the infrastructure of the Ministry of Defence in the Arctic is expected to be completed this year. These actions are aimed at strengthening the defence capability of Russia, according to a report on the website of the Federal Agency for Special Construction (Spetsstroy) cited by Arctic-Info. Spetsstroy comes under the Russian Defence Ministry, which coordinates and controls its activities. Spetsstroy activity management is implemented by the Russian President. In the summer of 2013, the research station at Severnaya Zemlya was brought back into service. One of the priorities of the Northern Fleet in 2014 was further development of new areas in the Arctic.
 A number of studies are planned in the area of the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago islands.   Source: Arctic-Info  


U.S. Coast Guard's GMDSS Task Force Met on 3 August 2011

The U.S. Coast Guard's GMDSS Task Force met 3 August 2011, at RTCM Headquarters in Arlington, VA. The summary record for that meeting can be downloaded at: http://rtcm.info/TFSR-68.doc The next meeting is Wednesday 28 September 2011 at 9:00 am, Sanibel Harbor Resort; Fort Myers, Florida (see www.nmea.org). The agenda for that meeting can be downloaded at: http://rtcm.info/Tfag-69.doc Captain Jack Fuechsel 703-527-0484 gmdss@comcast.net


South Europe Gains in Ferry Shipbuilding

Figures published in the latest issue of Cruise & Ferry INFO, published by Swedish shipping media house and consultancy, ShipPax Information, reveal that South European shipyards have taken a lead in the ”market shares” of ferry newbuildings. Ferries worth $1.511 billion are now on order in the Mediterranean countries. At the same time, Northern Europe only produce new ferries worth $ 448 million whereas the Far East produces for $ 545 million, and then mostly for domestic account.


Confident Captain, Oceans Pros Event

On Wednesday, December 9 at 6:30PM, Confident Captain/Ocean Pros will be hosting Captain "Skip"  Strong who will recount the challenge, resolve and dramatic salvage operation that made history.  Prentice “Skip” Strong, III, the author of “In Peril,” will speak about how he rescued the crew of the J.A. Orgeron and salvaged NASA’s $50m liquid fuel cell in the fall of 1994


Russia Increases LNG Export Potential

President Putin: Photo credit Government

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law on the liberalization of exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG). According to the document, two new categories of license holders are entitled to the right to export LNG, in addition to Gazprom, reports Arctic-Info. The law now effected allows LNG to be exported by Rosneft and Yamal SPG (in addition to Gazprom) on the following grounds: The authorisation gives the right to export LNG to license holders of subsoil resources of federal


New Russian Tax Credits Encourage Arctic Oil Exploration

Arctic drilling platform: File photo

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed off a new law on mineral extraction tax incentives for hydrocarbons produced in Yamal and the Nenets Autonomous District, reports official news agency Arctic-info. The document [signed] also refers to the resources that are extracted in Eastern Siberia, the Sea of Japan, the Gyda Peninsula and the Bazhenov Suite. According to the official online portal of legal information, the law was signed on June 28, 2014.


MARPOL Training Institute NPDES Training

California-based MARPOL Training Institute, Inc. (MTI) released its NPDES Training for Vessels (NTV) software package. This software meets the requirements of the EPA’s Vessel General Permit (VGP) Section 5 for crew training which went into effect February 6. “NTV details each of the 26 discharges permitted under the VGP”, explained MTI’s Managing Partner Captain Robert Hall, “as well as providing training on a fully customizable checklist that helps you


CENTA authorized for In-House Testing

CENTA is the first company worldwide to which Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has conferred the responsibility for alternative product certification of type-approved couplings. In the future, CENTA will have the authority to carry out acceptance testing and final stamping of those couplings that have previously been classified as approved types. These tests must be performed in accordance with the “Alternative Product Certification


Rhothetha Shows SAR, Tracking Solutions in Brazil

Rhothetha, with headquarters in Murnau, Germany and sales and service centers in Utah and Florida, will be exhibiting at LAAD 2011 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The company provides Search & Rescue (SAR) and Tracking solutions, and specializes in the development, manufacture, and integration of professional products for ATC, SAR, COSPAS‐SARSAT, VTS, Surveillance, and Tracking of RF transmitters in general. Rhothetha products are installed in special mission aircraft, helicopters, boats


Arctic Circle Iceland Convention Date Changed

Image courtesy of Arctic Circle

The Arctic Circle informs that due to increased demand, and to better accommodate the large number of expected attendees, the dates for the second annual Arctic Circle Assembly have been changed. The gathering will now take place October 31-November 2, 2014, in Reykjavík, Iceland, at the Harpa Reykjavík Concert Hall and Conference Centre. Background The inaugural gathering drew more than 1,200 participants from 40 nations


Oceanteam Dips Toe in Mexican Offshore Market

Image credit Oceanteam

Norway-based Offshore shipping company, Oceanteam Shipping ASA, highlights results in the first quarter of 2014 and draws attention to a Mexico J/V  with PEMEX. Revenue from operations USD 15.1 million for the quarter. EBITDA from operations is positive USD 6


Descartes Acquires Customs Info

Descartes Systems Group (DSG), a global company in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce operating the Global Logistics Network (GLN), acquired Customs Info LLC, a U.S.-based provider of trade data content to power Global Trade Management (GTM) systems and streamline global trade


NATO to Keep the Arctic in its Sights

Anders Fogh Rasmussen: Photo NATO

NATO will pay more attention to the situation in the Arctic, reports Arctic-Info, citing the alliance's Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Rasmussen explained that this is, in particular, due to the effects of climate change. At the NATO Parliamentary Assembly session in Vilnius


Putin Urges Openess in Arctic Economic Activities

Arctic offshore operations: Photo Gazprom

Russia's President Vladimir Putin stressed the need for the utmost transparency in implementing economic activities in the Arctic region, reports official news agency Arctic-info. The head of state made his views known during a recent round table meeting in St


Russia, South Korea, Discuss Northern Sea Route Cooperation

Putin & Park shake hands: Photo courtesy of the Russian Federation

At a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the President of the Republic of Korea in Seoul, Park Geun-Hye discussed mutual cooperation in the development of the Arctic, reports 'Arctic-Info'. In a joint statement the leaders pointed out that as the Republic of Korea has official observer


'Pirates Plunder W.Africa Oil & Gas Riches' Says Analyst

Photo credit EUNAVFOR

West Africa is experiencing a surge in piracy, with well-organised hijackers targeting the region's growing oil and gas industries, writes national security expert Dr James Jay Carafano in 'World Review'. Extracts by permission of 'World Review' follow:


Efficient Fleet Planning: FleetPlan Generates Cost Savings

Date Display: Image credit HMC

Fleet management solutions are designed to help cut costs associated with maintaining vessels by streamlining workflow, and FleetPlan clains their use can reduce up to 20 % cost by efficient fleet planning. The goal of HMC’s FleetPlan is to generate an optimised Fleet schedule on a daily


NMRA Extends 2014 Scholarship Opportunities

Photo: NMRA

The National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) is offering scholarships to students pursuing education and training in the maritime trades. Interested high school seniors and college students can request an application from NMRA at info@nmraonline.org.


Russia Sells Off Archangel Trawler Fleet

North Sea Fishing Trawler: Photo Wiki CCL

Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation has approved the sale of 100% of the shares of OAO Archangel Trawler Fleet, reports Russia's 'Arctic-Info'. Citing the Federal Agency for State Property Management, Arctic-Info reports that Archangel Trawler Fleet was owned by the state


Deep Draft Ships Can Access Northern Sea Route Port

Northern Sea Route: File photo

The works carried out to deepen the approach channel to the Port of Sabetta on the Gulf of Ob in the Russian Far North have resulted in the removal of  previous restrictions on vessel call for large ships, including nuclear-powered icebreakers, report Arctic-Info.


Canada Opts Out of Arctic Council Meeting

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Canadian Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq stated that a principled stand had been taken by Ottawa against Moscow's intervention in events in Ukraine, reports Russian official news agency Arctic-Info. A statement from the Minister stated that Canada will not be attending working-group level


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


NAT in Q1 2014 Black: First Time in Four Years

NAT Tankship: Image courtesy of NAT

Nordic American Tankers (NAT) report a cash dividend, strongly improved operating cash-flow and a positive net income in the first quarter of 2014. The Company informs that thanks to a strong winter market, Q1 2014 has produced the best results it has seen in several years


Siemens Asks Alstom For More Info

 French Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg

  Germany's Siemens wrote to Alstom on Tuesday asking for more information ahead of a likely offer for the French company's power business, French Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg said. Alstom is already in talks with U.S. conglomerate General Electric over a 12


Russia to Beef Up Arctic Military Infrastructure

Pyotr Veliky: Photo Russian Navy

The Russian Northern Fleet will deploy military infrastructure in most of the archipelagos and islands of the Arctic Ocean on the borders of Russia, according to official news agency Arctic-Info, citing the Northern Fleet command spokesman Andrey Korablev.






 
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