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Aurora Australis departs for its last voyage

The Australian Government reported that the final voyage for Australia’s Antarctic icebreaker RSV Aurora Australis began, as the vessel departed from Hobart for sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island.

IMO discusses about Arctic region issues

Arctic Council came in contact with Heike Deggim, Director of IMO’s Maritime Safety Division and discussed about IMO’s interest in the Arctic region and how it engages with the Arctic Council and current projects that is working on.

Swiss bank stops investing on offshore Arctic projects

According to Reuters, the Swiss UBS Bank decided to stop providing its support concerning drilling in the Arctic. In fact, the bank will stop funding future offshore oil and gas projects located in Alaska, amid efforts to face climate change.

Icebreaker needs assistance after record North Pole voyage

After having set historical record in winter ice, the Russian icebreaker «Kapitan Dranitsyn» requested assistance to return to Russia as it made its way to the North Pole to support the MOSAiC expedition. The 129 meter-long icebreaker left Norway on 3 February.

Fishing vessels in Antarctic fail safety checks, report finds

Fishing vessels in Antarctic waters are failing a majority of their safety inspections, Greenpeace International announced after analyzing PSC inspection records. The 26 reefers recorded transferring catch from fishing boats in the Antarctic in the period 2017-2019 failed 70% of their inspections.

Russia launches Northern Sea Route development plan

The Russian government through its Northern Sea Route development plan, which was also approved and signed by the Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev before the end of 2019, aims to give a boost to annual shipments on the Northern Sea Route to 80 million metric tons by 2024.

Yamal LNG announces shipment of 30 million tons of LNG

Yamal LNG announced that it has shipped its thirtieth million ton of LNG since the launch of the project. The Arc7 ice-class tanker “Nikolay Yevgenov” loaded the 411th cargo as the project reached 30 million tons of LNG dispatched since the start-up of Train 1 in December 2017.


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