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New Danish satellite to monitor ships in the Arctic

The satellite Ulloriaq was launched into space on 2 February 2018 and will orbit around the Arctic approximately 540 km above the Earth to test the ability of the satellite to take pictures and catch signals from ships and aircrafts, among other tasks. The project will last until 2020, when it will be more clear whether this can contribute to this project by the Danish Armed Forces. 

Greenpeace appeals case of Norway’s Arctic drilling

In the People vs. Arctic oil climate lawsuit, the Norwegian State was sued for violating the Norwegian Constitution’s environmental Article number 112 for opening up a vast new area for oil and gas drilling in the Norwegian Arctic. Greenpeace and Nature and Youth will challenge the judgement by taking the legal battle directly to the Supreme Court.

Teekay receives its first LNG icebreaker

Teekay announced that it received its first LNG Carrier Newbuild, ‘Eduard Toll’, which is the fourth of 15 Arc7 LNG carriers being built for the Yamal LNG project. The vessel was technically accepted in Korea at the beginning of December 2017 after successfully completing sea trials and departing for its journey to Northern Russia.

Greenpeace launches expedition to protect the Antarctic

Greenpeace will begin an expedition to Antarctica that will see the first humans ever visit the seafloor in the Weddell Sea. This area was proposed by the EU as an ocean sanctuary, a request that will be considered by the Antarctic Ocean Commission in October 2018. The expedition to Antarctica will last three months, in the Greenpeace ship, ‘Arctic Sunrise’.The

USCG, Canadian Coast Guard update icebreaking cooperation

USCG and the Canadian Coast Guard renewed their Memorandum of Understanding between their agencies concerning Coast Guard icebreaking services in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway maritime transportation system, on January 18. The new agreement improves the mutual commitment for ensuring important icebreaking operations in the Great Lakes region.

Arctic unlikely to be viable shipping alternative in the near future

The Arctic Institute issued a paper examining all the aspects of Arctic Shipping. It presents operational challenges and explores issues with governance, crisis response, and the impact of increased traffic in the Arctic region. Significant progress has been made on Arctic governance, but there is still much to be done.

Finland’s LNG-fueled icebreaker departs in Bothnian Bay

Arctia’s LNG-fueled icebreaker ‘Polaris’ departed the icebreaker base in Helsinki on 30 January 2018, as the Finnish icebreaking season’s third icebreaker. The vessel will first head to Pori Tahkoluoto to refuel LNG and then to provide maritime transport to the Bothnian Bay in the Baltic Sea. 

China presents plans of its new Arctic vision

China will manage Arctic-related affairs and activities that are within its jurisdiction, complying with with the law, as it wants to better understand, protect and develop the Arctic, and actively participate in international cooperation in Arctic affairs, through the “Polar Silk Road”. During this project, navigation security will be very important.

Record cargo volumes shipped on Northern Sea Route in 2017

The Northern Sea Route saw a record volume of 9.7 million tons of cargo shipped last year, the biggest annual volume ever, according to the Russian Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transport. In 2016, it had been 7.3 million tonnes, which in turn presented an increase of 35% compared to 2015.

Clean Arctic Alliance welcomes EU’s initiative to end HFO in Arctic

The Clean Arctic Alliance welcomes the adoption of the European Parliament Resolution on international ocean governance, and in particular its commitment towards ending the use of heavy fuel oil and its carriage in fuel tanks in Arctic shipping, Dr. Sian Prior, lead advisor to the Clean Arctic Alliance, said.

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