Winter ice conditions in addition to Arctic region’s ecosystem sensitivity to any human interference have always been harshening vessels’ navigation through Arctic shipping routes. However, as global warming started vanishing arctic ice, new shipping routes opened. Currently, the Arctic trading has opened new frontiers.
French oil and gas major Total inked an agreement with Russian LNG producer Novatek to acquire a direct working interest of 10% in Arctic LNG 2, the giant LNG project lead by Novatek on the Gydan Peninsula in the north of Siberia. The deal was signed in the presence of the Russian and French Presidents.
During April the Marine Environment Protection Committee agreed to move forward on developing an Arctic HFO ban. The ban on the use and carriage of HFO as fuel in the Arctic was co-sponsored by eight countries: Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand.
The plant arrived in port of Murmansk Saturday, to start providing electricity to an isolated Russian town across the Bering Strait. Rosatom says it could pioneer a new power source for remote regions, but environmentalists are concerned of the risk of nuclear accidents, with Greenpeace calling it ‘nuclear Titanic’.
According to Arctia, the Finnish state-owned company responsible for operating a Finnish icebreaker fleet, the icebreaking season 2017-2018 in the Baltic Sea ended.
The season ended with Finnish icebreakers on Friday, May 18, 2018, when the last icebreaker “Kontio” returned to the icebreaker base in Katajanokka, Helsinki. The conditions were more challenging in the two previous winter, but normal for the long-term average.
Milestone Arctic protections proposed jointly by the US and Russia, to establish three new areas to be avoided in Bering strait and to set up six recommendatory two-way routes and six precautionary areas in the Bering Sea, are anticipated to be approved this week, on the sidelines of IMO’s MSC 99, underway in London.
PAO Novatek announced that it will create a transportation subsidiary called “Maritime Arctic Transport LLC.” The new company will manage and optimize transportation costs, build up the competencies of Arctic navigation and ensure the centralized management of the Arctic fleet.
WWF-Canada released a new guide designed to help mariners in the eastern Arctic identify and avoid marine mammals. The guide recommends what to do in Arctic waters in order not to affect the animals, as well as maps of the most concerning areas. Passing ships can often drive marine mammals away from their usual habitat.
A new public web portal has been designed to support implementation of IMO’s Polar Code for ships operating in polar waters, at the second meeting of the Arctic Council’s Arctic Shipping Best Practices Information Forum, on 14-15 May, in London. The portal provides links to authoritative information essential to compliance with the Polar Code.
Governments should cease oil exploration in the fragile Arctic environment amid the rising threat of global warming, said Christiana Figueres, who was a former chef of the UN Climate Change Secretariat, when 200 countries signed the Paris agreement back in 2015.
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