Arctic Operations

Nations Convene for Arctic Maritime Discussion

Citing an increasing need to ensure safety, security and stewardship of Arctic waters, member countries of the Arctic Council gathered at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters

Shell Moves Rigs to Alaska Ahead of Possible Drilling Permit

Royal Dutch Shell is moving oil rigs to Alaska ahead of the possible resumption of controversial drilling activities as the oil major awaits the green light from U.

Statoil: Polarled Pipe-Laying Kicks Off

On 26 March, the Solitaire pipe-laying vessel started on the first stage of the Polarled installation project. The 482-kilometre long pipeline will transport gas

Icebreaker Murmansk Launched at Arctech Helsinki Shipyard

  The 16 MW Icebreaker for the Russian Ministry of Transport was launched at Arctech Helsinki Shipyard on March 25th, 2015. Before floating the vessel, she was

Seattle Fears Arctic drilling, Shell Moves Rigs

 Shell Oil Co is poised to restart oil drilling in the Arctic in the near future once it receives the go-ahead from the U.S. government, which could happen soon.

Norway Supports Statoil, Rosneft JV

  Norwegian authorities have given the Stavanger-based energy giant Statoil the go-ahead on joint projects with Rosneft, a Russian oil titan that was the target of Western sanctions in 2014.

Arctic Melt Messing with Gulf Stream

 As glacier melt in the Arctic continues to accelerate, the foot of the Atlantic's most powerful ocean current keeps pressing harder and harder on the brake pedal,

World War 3 or Cold War? Focus On Arctic Oil

 The Arctic is heating up, both climatically and militarily. Vladimir Putin sends troops and jets to oil- and gas-rich region also coveted by Canada, United States, Norway and Denmark.

Shell to Get Permission to Drill in the Arctic

 The US government is expected this week to give the go-ahead to a controversial plan by Shell Oil Company, one of the largest oil companies in the world to restart drilling for oil in the Arctic.

Arctic Winter Sea Ice Retreats to Record Levels

Shrinking ice matches trend blamed on climate change. Ice maximum smaller than previous record in 2011. Arctic sea ice this year is the smallest in winter since satellite records began in 1979,

Russia's Floating Research Station Unfolds in the Arctic

 The Russian Ministry of Natural Resources says that Russia plans to establish a floating research station in Arctic sea. The floating research station “North Pole-41” is already in the making,

Arctic Sea Ice Sets Record Low Extent at Winter Maximum

Arctic sea ice has set a new winter record by freezing over the smallest extent since satellite records began in 1979, in a new sign of long-term climate change, U.

Icebreaker Makes Emergency Return to Antarctica

The icebreaker 'Aurora Australis' was forced to return to Antarctica on Thursday, to evacuate a seriously ill Australian expedition member, just two days after

NOAA to Boost Arctic Nautical Charting

NOAA plans increased 2015 Arctic nautical charting operations, coordinating with U.S. Coast Guard for safe shipping route from Unimark Pass through Bering Strait    As

Wärtsilä, VTT Contribute to Propulsion Research

  A new technology research programme aimed at developing propulsion products specifically for operating in arctic conditions has been implemented with Wärtsilä and VTT,

Schlumberger Unveils UltraHT Drilling Technologies

  Schlumberger announced today the launch of TeleScope ICE* ultrahigh-temperature measurements-while-drilling service and PowerDrive ICE* ultrahigh-temperature rotary steerable system (RSS).

Shipbuilding for the Arctic

(The following excerpt by Authors: S Navaneetha Krishnan & Antony Prince) The Arctic region has a huge potential in terms of unexploited natural wealth and resources,

Canada Ups Arctic Military Gear

 Canada plans to spend billions of dollars on new patrol ships, polar satellites, transport upgrade, and winter gear for its troops amid rising demands for the Arctic’s riches.

Arctic warms up to Shipping

 Diplomats from global trade and economic powers signaled their governments' growing interest in Arctic transit and heavy shipping in the Arctic Ocean. Arctic Business

ExxonMobil Resumes Drilling at Point Thomson

  ExxonMobil announced today that it has resumed drilling at Point Thomson on Alaska’s North Slope as construction continues toward bringing the initial production system online.

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