North Norway Port Booms as Arctic Ocean Base

Barents Observer
Friday, August 17, 2012
Port of Kirkenes: Photo credit Port Authority

Kirkenes is becoming an important port for vessels conducting seismic surveys in the Arctic search for fossil fuels.

Geographical proximity to the oil and gas fields and developed infrastructure draws companies to this North Norwegian town.

One of the companies making a profit on the increased activity in the Arctic is Henriksen Shipping. Since the Agreement on Delimitation of the Barents Sea and Arctic Ocean came into force, Henriksen Shipping has had an enormous increase in the number of calls by vessels heading to Arctic waters for seismological surveys.

This company has landed a large contract with WesternGeco, one of the world’s leading geophysical services companies. WesternGeco is conducting seismic surveys for Russia in the Kara Sea and has chosen Kirkenes as service port for its vessels.

While the company only had a couple of calls by seismic vessels last year, the number will be 30-40 in 2012, manager Arve Henriksen told BarentsObserver.

“This really puts Kirkenes on the map and means a lot more than just money for us”, Henriksen says.

The foreign captains are impressed by how much competence the many small companies in Kirkenes hold. “Half of Kirkenes is on their feet when a vessel comes in”, Henriksen says. “Here you can get anything done, at any time of the day”. When a vessel comes in from the operation field in the Arctic, it takes only some 20 hours to change the crew, get necessary custom clearance, load supplies and have smaller repairs done, he explains. 

Services to the Russian fishing fleet are still very important for ship agencies in Kirkenes. Nearly 50 percent of Henriksen Shipping’s turnover comes from services to the Russian king crab fleet and other Russian fishing vessels.

 

Maritime Reporter July 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Egypt Says Finishes Work on New Suez Canal

Egypt has finished building its New Suez Canal, its overseer said on Wednesday, a project President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi sees as a symbol of national pride and

CMA CGM to Resume Service to Iran

The world's third-largest container shipping group, France's CMA CGM, said on Monday it would resume operations to Iran following the deal between Tehran and world

Obituary: Yacht Designer Jörg Beiderbeck

Jörg Beiderbeck, recognized as a figure among the world’s top megayacht designers, has passed away at the age of 69 on the evening of Sunday, August 2, at his home in Bremen-Vegesack,

Offshore

CWind Joins National Workboat Association

Citing crew transfer services as an integral part of its offering, offshore wind industry service provider CWind announced it is now a member of the National Workboat Association (NWA) of the U.

BG Group Starts up Sixth FPSO in the Santos Basin

BG Group announced first oil from the Cidade de Itaguaí floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, the sixth unit to start production across the

BG Awards Fugro MBES, Seabed Coring Contract

Fugro has been awarded a contract by BG International Limited Sucursal Honduras to conduct an integrated multibeam echosounder (MBES) survey and seabed coring campaign

Ports

Pentalver Opens London Container Facility

U.K. inland container service operator Pentalver opened a new five-acre site at the U.K.’s newest deep sea container port, DP World London Gateway, the London Port Authority announced.

USCG’s New Cutter Pulls into Boston

The U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG) latest 418-foot National Security Cutter James (WSML 754) entered Boston Harbor August 3 ahead of her commissioning scheduled for August 8.

CMA CGM to Resume Service to Iran

The world's third-largest container shipping group, France's CMA CGM, said on Monday it would resume operations to Iran following the deal between Tehran and world

Arctic Operations

Renovated Marion Dufresne II sets sail on time

French scientific research vessel completely renovated in life extension project The renowned French research vessel, Marion Dufresne II left Damen Shiprepair

Thordon Bearings Secures AK Ferry Contract

Thordon Bearings has received an order to supply its COMPAC system to two Alaska Ferry newbuilds under construction at the Vigor Industrial shipyard in Ketchikan, Alaska.

Shell Moves Ahead in Arctic with Exploratory Well

Shell Oil's icebreaker MSV Fennica weaved through nine remaining protesters hanging from the St. Johns Bridge and made its way toward the Pacific Ocean.   Authorities

Seismic Vessel Tech

Polarcus Secures New Contract

Polarcus Limited sign a new contract with an unnamed client in terms of a marine 3D seismic project where Polarcus' Right Band technique used  for broadband data acquisition.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Salvage Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1706 sec (6 req/sec)