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Watch: Oldest Arctic ice is disappearing

A study issued in the journal “Geophysical Research Letters” informs that what has been the oldest and thickest Arctic sea ice has begun disappearing, twice as fast in the rest of the Arctic Ocean, because atmospheric winds in north of Greenland transfer sea ice to other parts of the Arctic. 

AECO to apply self-imposed ban on HFO in the Arctic

After the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators’ Annual Meeting, the association announced several decisions, aiming to strengthen responsible industry practices. Among these, is a ban on the use and carriage of heavy fuel oil (HFO) in the Arctic.

New guidelines for developing a Polar Water Operational Manual

Maritime trade between Arctic destinations and the rest of the world is expected to grow and an increasing number of ships are now conducting voyages in polar waters. For this reason, new joint guidelines from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) aim to support shipping companies by providing advice on how to develop a Polar Water Operational Manual (PWOM).

Environmental groups call Norway to stop Arctic oil drilling

Environmental groups called a Norwegian appeals court to consider emissions from the country’s oil and gas exports when assessing the government’s decision to allow oil firms to carry out exploration in Arctic waters. The groups claim that Norway’s decision contravenes local and international law, citing article 112 of Norway’s constitution.

Russia collects more data for its North Pole claim

The Russian Ministry of Defence announced that it has collected enough data that support its claims on the Arctic shelf, which are to be assessed by the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) in a meeting in February, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov adds.

Companies commit not to use Arctic shipping routes under new pledge

Nike and and nonprofit environmental group Ocean Conservancy have teamed up to launch the Arctic Shipping Corporate Pledge, a voluntary commitment by consumer goods and shipping logistics companies to not send ships through the rapidly melting sea ice and other unique habitats of the Arctic.

Watch: Russia reveals missile-carrying icebreaker to operate in Arctic

The Russian Admiralty Shipyard in St. Petersburg launched the icebreaker rescue tag “Ivan Papanin” able to defend the Russian interests in the Arctic, equipped with cruise missiles and a deck gun. The newly-launched vessel is the first in a series of two vessels that were ordered by the Russian Ministry of Defence. The second icebreaker is scheduled for delivery in 2024. 

Researchers find microplastics along the entire NSR

During an expedition in the Northern Sea Route, Russian researchers discovered microplastics all along the route, marking the first time ever that samples have been taken of microplastic waste along the route. The expected results will highlight the seriousness of marine pollution, addressing the matter that even some of the world’s most inaccessible oceans are impacted form pollution. 

New project eyes LNG export from Alaska to Asia

The new Alaska-based company Qilak LNG revealed plans to ship natural gas from the North Slope field to Asian markets, under a proposed Alaska North Slope LNG export project (Qilak LNG 1 Project). To this end, the company announced an agreement with ExxonMobil Alaska Production to ship LNG from Point Thomson.

Six carriers deployed to Yamal LNG no longer subject to US sanctions

Six ARC7 LNG carriers transporting gas from the Yamal LNG project, under a joint venture of Teekay LNG with China LNG, are no longer classified as a “Blocked Person” under US OFAC rules, according to an official statement by Bermudas-based Teekay Corporation. 

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