Canada’s lead Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessel the future HMCS Harry DeWolf, was launched on September 15, marking a significant milestone for the National Shipbuilding Strategy and the Royal Canadian Navy’s combatant fleet. HMCS Harry DeWolf is the largest Royal Canadian Navy ship built in Canada in 50 years.
At Eastern Economic Forum, Russian Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex, owned by United Shipbuilding Corporation, signed a Term Sheet with South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. for creating a joint venture to manage projects for construction of Arctic shuttle tankers.
On September 11, Atomflot’s nuclear icebreaker “50 Years of Victory” escorted the container vessel Venta Maersk, which is currently travelling from the East to Northern Europe along the Northern Sea Route. The nuclear icebreaker provided a safe passage for Venta Maersk from the East Siberian Sea to the Laptev Sea.
MOL announced that on 11 September, a naming ceremony for an ice-breaking LNG carrier, which was jointly ordered by MOL and COSCO, took place at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering. The newbuild vessel was named “Vladimir Vize” and is the sister vessel of the “Vladimir Rusanov”.
The US Coast Guard and the Navy are collaborating to acquire up to three new heavy polar icebreakers. The US Government Accountability Office reviewed the heavy polar icebreaker program’s acquisition risks. It examined the extent to which the program is facing risks to achieving its goals, reviewed USCG and Navy program documents, and analyzed USCG and Navy data.
ESL Shipping received the bulk carrier ‘Viikki’ on September 4. ‘Viikki’ is an LNG-fueled vessel which, along with its sister ship ‘Haaga’, will travel to the Baltic Sea via the Northern Sea Route. In addition to ESL Shipping, Cosco, Novatek, Maersk and Sovcomflot have also opted the Northern Sea Route as an alternative shipping route.
The sea off the north coast of Greenland is usually so frozen that is is considered as the ‘last ice area’. An area that would not be affected by global warming. However, this ice has started to break up; this happened twice this year, while it has never happened before.
On September 5, a barge broke off mooring and allided with the ro-ro cargo ship Zapolyarnyy which at the time was berthed in Dudinka port, in the Russian Arctic.
According to information, the barge remained intact, while Zapolyarnyy sustained dents in its stern quarters area.
The Cosco owned cargo ship ‘Tian En’ managed to sail out of the Arctic Circle successfully, completing its maiden voyage within the circle. Specifically, the vessel has departed Arctic waters for the French port of Rouen, after having travelled through the Arctic’s Northern Sea Route
The change in ice conditions is opening the high Arctic as a trade route, fishing ground and potential tourism destination, but more infrastructure support is required to facilitate the provision of adequate insurance, says IUMI in a new position paper.
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