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The opening of Arctic routes could offset ice melting

As the ice melting creates an uncertain future for the Arctic environment, a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters suggests that the growth of trans-Arctic shipping and the subsequent increase in emissions may offset some of the overall warming trend in the Arctic by the end of the century.

Arctic’s sea ice is now younger and thinner, report says

According to a recent research by NASA scientist Ron Kwok of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, published in Environmental Research Letters, Arctic’s sea ice has changed since 1958 from once older, thicker ice to mostly younger, thinner ice. In addition, from 1999 to 2017 the Arctic has recorded a decrease of more than 50% multiyear sea ice.

Novatek announces major gas find in Gulf of Ob

Russian natural gas producer Novatek, through its wholly owned subsidiary Arctic LNG 3, announced discovery of a new natural gas and gas condensate field at the North-Obskiy license area, located in the shallow waters of the Ob Bay, in the Arctic Ocean.

Report: Switching to clean fuel in Arctic costs a glass of wine

It would cost passengers just the price of a glass of wine a day if cruise ships would stop burning HFO in the fragile Arctic, according to a new report from T&E. The report resulted from analysis of the impact on the cruise ship ‘MS Rotterdam’ had it switched to MGO, during three summer trips to the Arctic.

Norway to boost funds for mapping petroleum resources in Barents Sea

The Norwegian government issued a proposal to increase funding to geological surveying with NOK 50 million, to boost knowledge through mapping of the petroleum resources in the Northern parts of the Barents Sea. The acquired seismic data will provide important information about the geology of the Barents Sea.

Global agreement signed to prevent unregulated fishing in Central Arctic

Greenland’s Minister for Fisheries, Hunting and Agriculture hosted a Signature Ceremony for an international fisheries agreement to prevent unregulated high seas fisheries in Central Arctic Ocean. Parties have taken responsibility to engage in scientific cooperation for a sustainable fishery management in the area.

Finnish ice class rules review requirements for ships reaching age 20

TRAFI requires vessels whose keel was laid before 1 September 2003 to comply with the minimum power requirement of the current Finnish ice class rules, when they reach the age of 20. The vessel can only keep its current Baltic ice class when the installed engine power complies with the minimum requirement.

Venta Maersk calls at St. Petersburg concluding passage of Northern Sea Route

On Friday, 28 September 2018, Venta Maersk called the port of Saint Petersburg, Russia, after successfully completing a trial passage of the Northern Sea Route. Venta Maersk started her voyage on 22 August 2018 in the port of Vladivostok, Russia. The ship stopped in Vostochny Stevedoring Company and Busan, before passing through Bering Strait on 6 September 2018 on her way to Bremerhaven.

Arctic: New routes open but challenges ahead 

We heard that in early 2018, the first commercial ship traveled the Northern Sea Route in winter without the assistance of an ice breaker. Indeed, due to the climate change, new trade routes have opened in some areas, however, at the same time the risk of ice in others is getting larger and larger.

NASA, ULA launch satellite to track Earth’s changing ice

NASA’s ICESat-2 satellite launched from California earlier in September, embarking on its mission to measure the ice of Earth’s frozen reaches ‘with unprecedented accuracy’. With this mission, NASA seeks to explore remote polar regions in a bid to understand ice changes on Earth.


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