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 August 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

CEVA Opens European Center of Logistics Excellence

CEVA Logistics, a leading global supply chain management company, today announced the opening of its first Center of Logistics Excellence in Europe. Situated in Ashby de la Zouch,

SBM Offshore Announces Thunder Hawk Tiebacks

SBM Offshore is pleased to announce it has signed a Production Handling Agreement (PHA) with Noble Energy to produce the Big Bend and Dantzler fields to the

BHP Billiton Communities and EWB Provide Support to 5 Students

BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities and Engineers Without Borders Support Students in Sustainable Development September 16, 2014 Five university students

Offshore

SBM Offshore Announces Thunder Hawk Tiebacks

SBM Offshore is pleased to announce it has signed a Production Handling Agreement (PHA) with Noble Energy to produce the Big Bend and Dantzler fields to the

Fifth Jackup Contract for Keppel from Gulf Drilling

Keppel FELS Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine, has secured a contract from Gulf Drilling International Ltd. of Qatar to build a

Fugro Takes Delivery of 2nd Coastal Survey Vessel from Damen

Fugro yesterday took delivery of its second of the three Fugro Offshore Coastal Survey Vessels (FOCSV) being built by Damen. The Fugro Pioneer is a compact,

Ports

Gladding-Hearn Delivers Third NYPD Boat

With more than a dozen patrol boats and a fireboat built by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, operating in New York Harbor, the Somerset, Mass.,

China, Sri Lanka to Launch FTA Talks

Chinese President Xi Jinping began a visit to Sri Lanka on Tuesday agreeing to open bilateral negotiations for a free trade pact as Beijing tightened its embrace

Trelleborg Report Optimistic for Port Investment

The latest 'Barometer Report' from Trelleborg's marine operations business sector, discusses the issues impacting ports and terminals around the globe, and reveals

Arctic Operations

Maritime Academy Awarded DHS Grant for Arctic Training

Maine Maritime Academy receives $450,000 grant From U.S. Department of Homeland Security for ice navigation and maritime first responder courses for the Arctic Maine

PPG Offers SIGMASHIELD 1200 Coating for Shipping

PPG Industries' protective and marine coatings business is fulfilling growing demand for "ice class" marine coatings for hull protection with SIGMASHIELD® 1200 coating.

Vard Orders Rolls-Royce Equipment for Rem OCV/AH

Rolls-Royce has won a £19m contract with the Norwegian shipbuilding group Vard to deliver deck machinery, propulsion and engines to a new offshore construction

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Standards Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | 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: 0.2235 sec (4 req/sec)