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Climate change challenges for the Arctic

Norway’s Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, discussed the challenges climate change poses to the transatlantic alliance in the Arctic during the “NATO Engages: Innovating the Alliance” in London.

IMO urged to act after findings on VLSFO black carbon emissions

The Clean Arctic Alliance has called the IMO to support an immediate switch to distillate fuels for ships in the Arctic and develop a global rule prohibiting fuels with high Black Carbon emissions, after a study revealing that some of the new VLSFOs will actually lead to a surge in the emissions of Black Carbon. 

Greenpeace loses the battle against Arctic oil drilling

After the environmental groups Greenpeace and Nature and Youth taken legal action against the Norwegian government in an attempt to stop oil drilling in Norway’s Arctic waters back in 2018, an Oslo appeals court recently approved Norway’s plans for more oil exploration in the Arctic.

USCG cutter Polar Star arrives in Antarctica

The 159 crew members of the US Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arrived on 22 January at McMurdo Station, following a 58-day transit from the US, marking its 23rd journey to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze. The cutter departed its homeport of Seattle on November 26.

New collaboration to boost Arctic connectivity

The global communications company OneWeb announced a new distributor partnership expected to enable delivery of its high speed communications services across Alaska. The deal, inked with Pacific Dataport Inc. (PDI), a company founded by Microcom.

Eight more companies not to ship products through Arctic

Eight new companies signed the Arctic Corporate Shipping Pledge, marking their decision of not shipping any goods through the Arctic Ocean, due to the news of high temperature in the area and in protection of the marine environment.

World’s first floating nuclear power plant starts electricity production

Although the widespread environmental and safety concerns, the Russia’s floating nuclear power plant officially started to supply electricity to a remote port in Siberia. Specifically, the state nuclear corporation Rosatom announced that the electricity production begun on Thursday 19 December.

AECO responses positively on Svalbard bans

With the Norwegian Government expressing its consideration for a generalized ban on heavy fuel oil (HFO), size limitation on passengers ships in Svalbard and several other measures to manage the growing tourism, the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) gave its positive response, supporting the measures to be forced.

Russia’s most powerful nuclear-powered icebreaker completes stage one sea trials

Russia’s largest and most powerful nuclear-powered icebreaker returned from its stage one of sea trials prior to its planned delivery in May 2020. Namely, Arktika, which is still under construction at Russia’s Baltic Shipyard in St. Petersburg, departed St. Petersburg on December to the Gulf of Finland, returning two days later after completing testing of the ship’s generators, navigation and communications systems. 

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