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Finland’s President calls for a first ever ‘Arctic Summit’

In his address to the Finnish Climate Summit in Helsinki in mid-June, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö called on the Arctic Council to have ‘a first ever Arctic Summit’ in order to tackle black carbon emissions in the polar region, noting that there is no time to wait on climate change.

Watch: Massive iceberg approaches Greenland village

A huge iceberg has come dangerously close to the village Innaarsuit in Greenland. As local media reported, a partial evacuation is taking place in case the iceberg splits. As of now, the iceberg has not moved. Despite fact that locals are used to icebergs, the say that they have never seen anything like this.

UK’s new polar ship launched

The RRS Sir David Attenborough, the new polar research ship for Britain, was launched into the River Mersey, on Saturday July 14. The ship is being built at Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead, near Liverpool. Once the ship becomes fully operational in late 2019, it  will be operated by British Antarctic Survey

Watch: Capture of 4-mile iceberg breaking in Greenland

A team of NYU scientists has captured on video a 4-mile iceberg breaking away from a glacier in Greenland. This phenomenon, known as “calving”, is a force behind the rise of global sea water levels. The resulting iceberg would stretch from lower Manhattan up to Midtown in NY. 

Watch: New high-tech icebreaker joins Russian Arctic fleet

Following a ceremony in Saint-Petersburg, on 29 June, Russia’s new icebreaker ‘Alexander Sannikov’ has joined the national Arctic fleet, becoming the first icebreaker built under the ‘Arctic Time’ program. Gazprom Neft’s icebreaker is designed to support tankers transporting oil from the Novoportovskoye field in the Gulf of Ob.

Narwhals the most vulnerable whales to Arctic shipping

The most vulnerable marine mammals to Arctic shipping are narwhals, or tusked whales, according to a new study from the University of Washington and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. These animals migrate through parts of the Northwest Passage to and from their summertime habitats.

STCW Requirements for ships operating in Polar Regions now effective

From 1st of July 2018, amendments related to revised training requirements for Masters and Deck Officers onboard ships operating in Polar Water have come into force. Namely, the STCW has been amended with a new regulation V/4 , according to which, two main trainings are defined: the basic and the advance training.

Watch: Arctic sea ice continues a trend of shrinking maximum extents

Arctic sea ice reached its annual maximum extent on March 17, and joined 2015, 2016 and 2017 as the four lowest maximum extents on record, according to scientists at the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center and NASA. In the video, Dr. Claire Parkinson explains how and why NASA studies Arctic sea ice.

Sovcomflot, Novatek to transport gas from Arctic LNG projects

Russian Sovcomflot and Novatek signed an agreement on transport support for the Yamal LNG, Arctic LNG-2 projects and other Arctic projects of Novatek. The agreement regards the transportation of hydrocarbons such as LNG and gas condensate from Yamal LNG and Arctic LNG-2 project.

LNG carrier transports LNG to Asia through the Northern Sea Route

A Russian Arctic LNG shipment started its voyage through the Northern Sea Route to Asia. The ‘Vladimir Rusanov’ LNG tanker marked Yamal LNG plant’s first shipment through the NSR. The NSR is crucial for Yamal LNG, and it generally opens from June until November. However, extreme conditions this year have postponed the deliveries.

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