On Thursday August 16, in the ASMAR Talcahuano Shipyard, the construction of Chilean Navy’s new polar ship has officially started. The ship is part of the Antarctic Project I, and will replace the current icebreaker “Oscar Viel”, which is in its final stages. The ship will carry out logistic support activities for Antarctic operators.
According to One Ocean Expeditions, its ship, the ‘Akademic Ioffe’, ran aground in the western Gulf of Boothia on Friday, August 24. However, in the latest update, the company informed that the passenger ship has now been refloated. All passengers are reported as safe.
Speaking about the problems that the Arctic faces at the moment, the President of the Republic of Finland, Sauli Niinistö and the Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed that there is indeed a need to move to cleaner ships’ fuels such as LNG in the Arctic.
After declining fast through July, sea ice extent decline slowed during the first two weeks of August, with a new record September minimum being highly unlikely, the National Snow & Ice Data Center informed. It also informed that the sea ice extent for 2018 falls between the fourth and ninth lowest in the 40-year satellite record.
Maersk will launch the first ever container ship on an Arctic route. Venta Maersk will leave Vladivostok for St. Petersburg later this week, as melting sea ice offers an alternative route to the Suez Canal. The ship will carry frozen fish and will travel through the Northern Sea Route.
Canada has bought three icebreaking anchor handlers from Viking Supply Ships. These icebreakers will be used by the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG). The first vessel will start operation in December, with the other two being delivered during 2019. The vessels are ‘Tor Viking,’ ‘Balder Viking’ and ‘Vidar Viking’.
The US Coast Guard’s current fleet of polar icebreakers has two heavy icebreakers and one medium icebreaker. The current program acquisition strategy is approved to construct up to three heavy polar icebreakers and may expand to include up to three medium icebreakers.
Maud, the ship that the explorer Roald Amundsen used to reach the North Pole with, returned to Norway on Monday after almost 100 years. The ship completed the circle around the North Pole and has returned to Norway. The ship stayed two days in Bergen, with its final destination beings Vollen and Asker on 18th of August.
Norway’s PSA has given the Norwegian oil firm DEA Norge consent for exploration drilling in block 7321/4 in the Barents Sea. Earlier in July, PSA granted oil major Equinor consent for exploration drilling in block 7132/2, as well as 7220/5-3 in production licence 532 in the Barents Sea.
Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs) are regions of ocean space of 200,000 square kilometers or greater that encompass coastal areas from river basins and estuaries to the outer margins of a continental shelf or the seaward extent of a predominant coastal current.
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