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USCG starts ice breaking operations in Western Great Lakes

US Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie begun Operation Taconite, on January 7. This USCG’s largest domestic icebreaking operation in response to expanded ice growth in the commercial ports of Western Lake Superior and the St. Marys River. Operation Taconite includes Lake Superior, St. Marys River, Straits of Mackinac, Georgian Bay, Green Bay, northern Lake Huron, and Lake Michigan.

AECO signs declaration to tackle illegal wildlife trade

AECO, an industry association aiming to manage responsible expedition cruise tourism in the Arctic, signed the Buenos Aires Declaration on December 7. This Declaration states that signatories cannot knowingly enable the carriage or sale of illegally traded wildlife products.

Arctic’s oil spill response system to pass testing

Arctic FoxTail, a new oil spill response device, capable of cleaning up spills in the Arctic passed the testing as stated by H Henrisken’s press release. The device is a winterised version of the company’s Foxtail mop skimmer and contributes to Norway’s preparedness when it comes to oil spills. 

Watch: Eduart Toll transiting the NSR

Eduard Toll entered the open water in the Chukchi Sea and voyaging to the Chinese port of Jiangsu Rudong. Eduard Toll is the fourth of 15 Arc7 LNG carriers built for the Yamal LNG project and Teekay’s first of six LNG carrier newbuildings contracted to service the project.

Rosatom to regulate Russian Arctic shipping

Russian President Putin signed a law giving Rosatom a number of powers in the development of the Northern Sea Route. Namely, Rosatom will be responsible for managing the development and operation of the Northern Sea Route. The law was adopted by the State Duma on December 11, 2018 and approved by the Federation Council on December 21, 2018.

Finland’s second icebreaker departs in Bothnian Bay

Arctia’s icebreaker Kontio, the season’s second icebreaker, landed on the icebreaker base in Helsinki, Finland on December 29, 2018. The icebreaker will assist vessels that are to arrive in the operation area near Oulu and Raahe on December 30, 2018. Namely, Kontio icebreaker is the second vessel arriving in the area. Specifically, icebreaker Otso departed on December 25, in Bothnian Bay and is already providing assistance to vessels in the area.

Construction starts for Russia’s self-propelled Arctic research platform

Admiralty Shipyards have officially began the construction of the high-Arctic research platform North Pole. The shipyard had signed a contract with Federal Service of Russia on Hydrometeorology and Monitoring of the Environment for constructing the ice resistant self-propelled platform back in April 2018.

Watch: Blue economy emerges in Arctic as ice melts

WWF’s Arctic Programme published the ‘Getting it right in a new ocean’ report focusing on how the Arctic’s biodiverse ocean resources and economies can be developed to ensure long-term, economic and ecosystem health for the region and the planet. The report underlines the importance of ensuring any future development promotes a healthy, biodiverse Arctic that benefits all life in the region.

Novatek moves forward with Arctic LNG 2 project

Novatek announced a series of agreements that will advance the Arctic LNG 2. The company has signed two agreements regarding gravity-based structures and turbo machinery equipment respectively. The Arctic LNG 2 project includes the construction of three LNG trains.

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