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Russian navy to clean up 300 tons of scrap metal from Arctic island

In view of the upcoming summer season, Russia’s Northern Fleet has deployed an ecological platoon to clean up the Arctic from scrap metal and crush oil drums, dumped during the last Cold War. For the fourth consecutive year, the team, comprising 30 men from the military units, will head to the island of Kotelny.

Canada replaces Arctic Pollution Prevention Certificate with Polar Code Certificate

DNV GL informs that Canada stopped its requirement for an Arctic Pollution Prevention Certificate and adopted the Polar Code as from December 2017. For this reason, compliance with the Polar Code is necessary for operators to enter into Canadian polar waters. However, the Polar Code Certificate does not apply to all vessels yet.

Watch: How pilots board onto moving ships in Arctic

The video, published by ViralHog, depicts how a maritime pilot is boarding to a moving ship, near the coast of Hailuoto, Finland, when the harsh Arctic conditions won’t allow pilot boats to sail. The film is reportedly dated on 2 April 2018, as the Ro-Ro cargo ship ‘Tavastland’ headed for the Port of Oulu.

Microplastic concentration sees a record high in Arctic sea ice

Gathering ice samples from five regions throughout Arctic, experts at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, found up to 12,000 microplastic particles per litre of sea ice, which represents higher amount of microplastic in Arctic sea ice than ever before.  

Watch: Why Arctic will not be a major shipping region

In this video Kathrin Stephen of IASS, provides 8 reasons explaining why Arctic trading will be limited and 2 reasons why that’s good. Recently, there is a major interest in Arctic shipping, but it is not clear yet if it is sustainable. There are 8 reasons why Arctic trading will be limited in the future, such as unreliability and seasonality.

Study calls for Arctic speed reduction to save whales

A new study led by University of Victoria marine biologist Lauren McWhinnie warns that as Arctic sea ice shrinks and shipping traffic increases, vessel disturbance could very likely impact marine mammals such as belugas and bowhead whales, which rely on a quiet environment to communicate and forage.

China, Japan to regularly use Arctic route for LNG transport

Chinese and Japanese shipping companies are collaborating to create an Arctic Ocean route, with the aim to ship LNG to Asian markets. This development is an attempt which has as a target to reduce transport time by more than half. Namely, Mitsui and Cosco will cooperate, diversifying risk, as sailing in the Arctic hides many dangers.

UK, US to study one of the largest glaciers in Antarctic

A joint researched program by UK and US research program was launched at Monday, 30 April, called Thwaites Glacier Collaboration. The program will focus on the Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica, which can significantly affect global sea levels. The glacier accounts for around 4% of global sea level rise.

Icebergs considered as the answer to Cape Town water shortage

Marine salvage experts are considering a plan to tug icebergs from Antarctica to Cape Town, as part of a strategy to solve the region’s water shortage. It is estimated that a single iceberg could produce about 150 million liters per day for about a year, around 30% of the city’s needs.

Icebreaker helps submarine sail through Arctic for the first time

The Russian icebreaker “Ilya Muromets”, part of Russia’s Northern Fleet, helped the the nuclear submarine “Yuri Dolgoruk” to sail through the Arctic ice for the first time, Vadim Serga a Fleet’s spokesman informed. During the operation, the icebreaker was ahead clearing the ice and then headed to the White Sea Throat.

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