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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: The next meeting is Wednesday 28 September 2011 at 9:00 am, Sanibel Harbor Resort; Fort Myers, Florida (see The agenda for that meeting can be downloaded at: Captain Jack Fuechsel 703-527-0484

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

Russia Conducts High North Geophysical Surveys

Iceabreaker Yamal: Photo in public domain

For the first time, as part of the Arctic-2014 high-latitude expedition, nuclear icebreakers 'Akademik Fedorov' and 'Yamal' have conducted an entire complex of geophysical research at the North Pole, according to official Russian news agency Arctic-info. Yamal and Akademik Fedorov icebreakers passed the area of the North Pole, where multipath depth sounding, gravity, magnetometric and seismic surveys were carried out

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.

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

MN 100: Wärtsilä

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John Stenbergin ranta 2, FI-00530 Helsinki, Finland Telephone: 358 10 709 0000 E-mail: Website: Chairman: Mikael Lilius President and CEO: Björn Rosengren Number of employees: 18,887 The Company: Wärtsilä is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets. Wärtsilä operates from more than 200 locations in nearly 70 countries around the world. The company’s net sales totaled $6

MN 100: Safety Management Systems, LLC


2 Union Street Portland, ME 04101 Telephone: 207 321 2830 General contact e-mail: Website: Company Director: William Mahoney Number of Employees: 8 The Company: Since 1996, Safety Management Systems, LLC (SMSLLC) has provided consulting services to the global maritime, transportation and related industries. Public and private sector clients turn to SMSLLC to bring effective solutions to a range of challenges

MN 100: Thrustmaster of Texas

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6900 Thrustmaster Drive Houston, TX  77041 Telephone: (713) 937-6295 Website: Email: CEO/President: Joe Bekker Number of Employees: 300 The Company: Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. manufactures heavy-duty commercial marine propulsion and thrusters including waterjets, propulsion out drive units for barges, thru-hull azimuthing propulsion in the form of Z and L drives, retractable thrusters, transverse tunnel thrusters

Two IMCI Seminars on Recreational Craft Directive

IMCI organized several seminars to bring the boat building community up to speed with the new requirements

  There being a new Recreational Craft Directive is now common knowledge in the industry, because of which and due to brisk demand, IMCI organized several seminars to bring the boat building community up to speed with the new requirements

USCG AIS Mandate Resource Center Launched

McMurdo informs it has launched an online resource center at to help impacted vessel operators comply with the requirements of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Automatic Identification System (AIS) Mandate, which becomes effective March 1, 2016.  

Design Competition for Safe Affordable Ferries

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  Registration opened for Third annual International Student Design Competition for Safe Affordable Ferries. Today the Worldwide Ferry Safety Association (WFSA) announced its latest competition for a Safe Affordable Ferry, with entries being sought from naval architectural students from

Military2Maritime Career Fair Features 30 Exhibitors

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San Diego Military2Maritime Career Fair with Rep. Hunter (R-CA) Connects California Veterans With Opportunity.   More than one hundred veterans attended a Military2Maritime career fair on Monday June 22, 2015 from 10:00am until 2:00pm at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier in San Diego, Ca

TDDCL Seeks Input for New Repair Yard

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Trinidad Dry Dock Company to develop new ship repair yard at Port of Spain; company requests Expressions of Interest for Environmental Impact Assessment and Geotechnical Investigation   The Trinidad Dry Dock Company Limited (TDDCL) has invited companies to submit proposals to conduct an

COMPIT to Showcase Smarter Ships, Systems & Solutions


  The 14th International Conference on Computer and IT Applications in the Maritime Industries (COMPIT) will take place from 11th to 13th May 2015 in Ulrichshusen, Germany. First held in the year 2000, COMPIT has established itself as a key conference in information technology (IT) for the

WOC Partners With The Economist for 2014 Summits

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  The World Ocean Council is partnering again with The Economist to help engage the ocean business community in upcoming events: For the third Arctic Summit, the WOC is working with The Economist to help ensure Arctic business community participation

Arctic Shipping Forum on 24th Feb.


  The 11th Annual Arctic Shipping Forum starts on 24 February 2015 in Helsinki Congress Paasitorni, Finland. The first Arctic Shipping conference includes 250 attendees, 60 speakers form 20 maritime nations.

SignalFire Wireless Telemetry Debuts New Product Range


  A range of telemetry products that support robust, long-distance wireless communications in challenging, large scale environments such as those found in oil and gas, agriculture, water systems, forestry and public infrastructures are outlined in the SignalFire Wireless Telemetry Product

Maritime Terrorist Attacks ‘Increasingly Likely’

Shipping in general and oil tankers in particular should increase levels of security to counter the threat of an increasingly likely terrorist attack, maritime security company MAST has warned. The company issued the warning after Al-Qaeda insinuated it could execute strategic attacks on

Oceangrip in Partnership with Legacy Paddlesport

Legacy Paddlesports’ Native Watercraft Slayer 10

  OceanGrip, a leading manufacturer of high-quality, marine-grade non-skid padding protection, announced today that it has been selected as the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for Legacy Paddlesports’ Native Watercraft kayak line.

Singapore Minister Yew to Launch SGMF’s Global

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Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Transport, Singapore, will conduct SGMF’s Global Launch on Stand No. 33 on Wednesday 15th October 2014 at 10.15am in connection with SIBCON 2014 confirms SGMF’s Brand, Marketing and Membership Manager, John Saunders

Arctic Bay is a Strait Proves Research Ship

Admiral Vladimirsky: Photo Baltic Fleet

The crew of the Admiral Vladimirsky research vessel during the second phase of its voyage has made a number of geographical and scientific discoveries in the Arctic, the press-service of the Baltic fleet reports via Arctic-info. During navigation along the Northern Sea Route

MN 100: Shock Mitigation Ltd

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24 Hurn Road Christchurch, Dorset United Kingdom BH23 2RN Tel: 44 (0)1425 280976  Email: Website: President & CEO: John Haynes The Company: Shock Mitigation brings together market analysis, communication

Upcoming Expo 'Offshore Marintec Russia'

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ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre in St. Petersburg, October 7-10  will host the International Specialised Offshore Exhibition and Conference 'Offshore Marintec Russia' dedicated to the Arctic continental shelf infrastructure development informs official Russian news source

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