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Eight more companies not to ship products through Arctic

Eight new companies signed the Arctic Corporate Shipping Pledge, marking their decision of not shipping any goods through the Arctic Ocean, due to the news of high temperature in the area and in protection of the marine environment.

World’s first floating nuclear power plant starts electricity production

Although the widespread environmental and safety concerns, the Russia’s floating nuclear power plant officially started to supply electricity to a remote port in Siberia. Specifically, the state nuclear corporation Rosatom announced that the electricity production begun on Thursday 19 December.

AECO responses positively on Svalbard bans

With the Norwegian Government expressing its consideration for a generalized ban on heavy fuel oil (HFO), size limitation on passengers ships in Svalbard and several other measures to manage the growing tourism, the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) gave its positive response, supporting the measures to be forced.

Russia’s most powerful nuclear-powered icebreaker completes stage one sea trials

Russia’s largest and most powerful nuclear-powered icebreaker returned from its stage one of sea trials prior to its planned delivery in May 2020. Namely, Arktika, which is still under construction at Russia’s Baltic Shipyard in St. Petersburg, departed St. Petersburg on December to the Gulf of Finland, returning two days later after completing testing of the ship’s generators, navigation and communications systems. 

USCG starts ice breaking procedures in Great Lakes

U.S. Coast Guard’s officials, announced that the “USCGC Katmai Bay” begun its ice breaking operations. In order to face the expanded ice growth and as part of the “Operation Taconite”, the 40-foot ice-breaking tug started its ice breaking procedures in western Great Lakes.

Watch: Polar cruise vessel hits the water for the first time

The Lindblad Expeditions Holdings’ new polar expedition vessel “National Geographic Endurance”, hit the water for its first float test. Specifically, the designer of the cruise ship Ulstein, informed that float-out was successfully completed in Ulsteinvik, Norway on December 7.

Wison begins working on Arctic LNG 2 project

The Wison Offshore & Marine started its procedures for the Novatek Arctic LNG 2 project. Specifically, the company announced that the project’s manufacturing started on 29 November, at the Zhoushan yard in China. For the records, in the past the Technip France S.A. has awarded Wison for its module fabrication.

Yamal LNG completes delivery of all Arc7 ice-class tankers

In fact, Yamal LNG announced the operational start of its new Arc7 ice-class LNG tanker Yakov Gakkel- the fifteenth and final of the Arc7 ice-class tankers built specifically for the Yamal LNG Project, according to a recent statement. Namely, the “Yakov Gakkel” has loaded the 354th LNG cargo in the port of Sabetta and is now set to China.

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