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More ice to enter in the North Atlantic Ocean

A recent research shows that more Arctic sea ice is entering the North Atlantic Ocean, increasing the risks for ships which sail in these areas in spring. The ice trapped many ships, even causing some to sink, as it damaged their hulls. The study authors say that warming temperatures cause by climate change are melting more Arctic ice, increasing ice mobility and opening channels that are normally frozen shut.

China to get its first polar expedition cruise ship

Namely, the vessel will be 104.4 meters long, 18.4 meters wide and will have a weight of 7,400 tonnes, reaching a speed of at least 15.5 knots. Moreover, it will have electric propulsion and control system, thus being able to sail through high-latitude sea ice. The ship will be designed by the Norwegian shipbuilding company Ulstein.

New shipping routes in the Bering Sea and Bering Strait

IMO’s Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue agreed to establish two-way routes, precautionary areas and areas to be avoided in the Bering Sea and Bering Strait. These waters are expected to see increased traffic due to rising economic activity in the Arctic. 

The first ship that sailed through Arctic in winter

Recently, a milestone was set for Arctic shipping. Namely, the tanker “Eduard Toll” became the first ever ship to sail through the Northern Sea Route during winter, without the help of an icebreaker. Teekay’s “Eduard Toll” started from South Korea in December 2017, heading to the Sabetta LNG terminal in Russia.

Bremen, Bremerhaven Ports sign up to Arctic Commitment

The German ports Bremen and Bremerhaven have cooperated in a campaign to ban heavy fuel oil (HFO) from Arctic shipping, along with more than 80 companies, organisations, politicians, NGOs and explorers. bremenports signed the Arctic Commitment to eliminate heavy fuel oil in Arctic shipping, and called other ports to join as well.

US Navy released Request For Proposal for new icebreaker

The US Navy in collaboration with the US Coast Guard, released a request for proposal on March 2, 2018, for the design of the USCG’s heavy polar icebreaker, with options for detail design and construction for up to three HPIBs. A single contract award will be made in 2019.

Ice class fleet shows lack of orderings

Gibson Shipbrokers released their latest report informing about the lack of ice class fleet ordering activity in recent years. Most of the recent newbuild investment has gone into Aframax tonnage with a mix of Finnish/Swedish ice class 1A and 1C orders.

Thick sea ice forces research mission in the Antarctic to stop

Heavy sea ice conditions have aborted a science mission from reaching the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica from which a large iceberg broke off in July 2017. A team of scientists, led by British Antarctic Survey, were travelling on board the RRS James Clark Ross, in sea ice up to 4-5 metres thick, when the ship’s captain made the decision not to continue.

New EU-funded project to improve Arctic search and rescue

21 international partners will join forces to enhance Arctic search and rescue through the new ARCSAR network. Having secured €3.5 million in EU funding, the project will run for five years and include a live exercise on a cruise vessel, in a bid to strengthen cooperation and innovation in emergency response in Arctic and North Atlantic.

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