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First Yamal LNG cargo shipped to China through NSR

Russian natural gas major Novatek announced, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Novatek Gas and Power Asia Pte. Ltd., that it has shipped its first LNG produced cargo from the Yamal LNG project to China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), through the Northern Sea Route, as part of its plans to expand customer base in China.

Researchers use drones to create 3D map for Alaska wave study

The Alaska Hydrokinetic Energy Research Center carried out a multibeam bathymetry survey and a land survey of Cannon Beach in Yakutat, Alaska. This aims to create a 3D map of the beach, under a US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management-funded project to assess wave energy in Alaska.

Novatek, Pavilion Energy to collaborate in Arctic LNG 2 project

Novatek and Pavilion Energy signed an agreement expanding their collaboration in LNG supply and trading. According to the agreement, Pavilion Energy will consider a possible participation in Novatek’s Arctic LNG 2 project. Pavilion will also consider booking volumes at the project.

Unusual warmth continued in Arctic and Antarctic in October

The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) issued figures confirming that while sea ice extent in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas remains below average, extent remains especially low on the Atlantic side of the Arctic in the Barents and Laptev Seas. October sea ice extent in the Arctic was the third lowest in the satellite record, averaging 6.06 million square kilometers (2.34 million square miles).

Ιcebreaker tested new in-built oil recovery system

IB Polaris, a Finnish icebreaker has conducted an oil spill response exercise in the Baltic sea in order to test a new oil recovery system. This in-built oil recovery system enables Polaris to collect 1015 m³ oil with a rate of 200 m³/h in harsh weather and ice conditions. Polaris’ icebreaking capabilities means the vessel can intervene in oil spills in ice infested waters.

Russia changes Northern Sea Route ice class requirements

Russia’s Ministry of Transport has declared changes concerning ice navigation criteria for the Northern Sea Route. These changes will apply from May 2019. More zones will be added to the already existing seven areas. Areas of rare ice and clear water are to be removed from larger zones typically defined by more ice.

Murmansk Shipping signs contract to transfer coal through Arctic

Murmansk Shipping Company signed an important contract concerning a five-year transportation of coal along the Northern Sea Route. The contract, about the transit of coal, was signed between Murmansk Shipping Company and Sibanthracite Overseas, a subsidiary of Russian coal company VostokCoal. 

Norwegian center focuses on sustainable use of oceans and the Arctic

DNV GL has been assigned to put together a report  for the Center for the Ocean and the Arctic.  The aim is to coordinate efforts to begin a course for the proper use of the ocean and the Arctic. Experts work to understand how technology, innovation and digitalization could help the growth of the ocean’s economy. It is important to know actions that threat the ocean such as overuse, pollution, loss of biodiversity, climate change.

US report to Congress: Key issues related to changes in the Arctic

As the US has substantial interests in the Arctic, by virtue of Alaska, it issued a report providing an overview of Arctic-related issues for Congress, referring to the potential consequences for weather, access to mineral and biological resources in the Arctic, the economies and cultures of peoples in the region, and national security.

Iceland now included in AECO’s geographical range

The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators has included Iceland in its geographical range. Guidelines and other measures will also be applied to ensure sustainable expedition cruise operations in Iceland. At least 25% of AECO’s operating members have itineraries that already include or will include Iceland in the future.

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