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.
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 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.
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).
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’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 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.
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.
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.
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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