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‘Lomonosov Prospect’ transits Northern Sea Route on LNG

Russian shipping company Sovcomflot announced that its large-capacity LNG-fueled LNG tanker ‘Lomonosov Prospect’ successfully completed a commercial voyage along the Northern Sea Route on 30 October 2018, delivering a cargo of petroleum products from the Republic of Korea to Northern Europe.

Cargo shipping in Russia’s NSR increased five times in five years

Cargo shipping in Russia’s Northern Sea Route has increased about five times since 2013, Aleksandr Kalashnikov, the department head at the Northern Sea Route Administration, reported.  In fact, a total of 13 million tons of cargo has been transported through the route until October 1.

MEPC 73 marks progress towards Arctic HFO ban

MEPC 73, which concluded on Friday, considered impact assessment methodology ahead of sending the ‘Scope of Work’- which sets out the work to be done to reduce the risks associated with the use and carriage of HFO by ships in Arctic, including the proposal for a ban, to PPR6 in February.

Canada will use interim icebreakers for up to 20 years

The Canadian Coast Guard informed that three interim icebreakers that were recently bought, will be used for the next 15 to 20 years. The Coast guard revealed that during an interview with The Canadian Press, where it also said that it’s worried about the state of their aging fleet.

NASA: Capture of perfectly rectangular iceberg in Antarctic

Under its Operation IceBridge, NASA captured a photo of a very sharp-angled, tabular iceberg floating among sea ice in the Antarctic Peninsula, on 16 October. The rectangular iceberg appeared to be freshly calved from Larsen C, which in July 2017 released the massive A68 iceberg.

Heavy transport vessel arrives in Rotterdam through the Northern Sea Route

On October 7, the Dutch flag heavy transport vessel BigLift Barentsz arrived in Rotterdam from China, after sailing through the Northern Sea Route. The vessel is designed and built for polar waters. When open, the Northern Sea Route, reduces significantly the distance between China and Europe.

Focus on Arctic HFO ban ahead of MEPC 73

As the MEPC 73 starts today in London, the Clean Arctic Alliance calls the member states to reaffirm their commitment towards a ban on the use and carriage of polluting heavy fuel oil from Arctic shipping from 2021. At MEPC 72 most of IMO members agreed in principle to this ban.

Glacial engineering could limit sea-level rise, but emissions remain critical

Targeted engineering projects to hold off glacier melting could slow down ice-sheet collapse and limit sea-level rise, according to a new study issued in the European Geosciences Union journal The Cryosphere. However, the study highlights the importance of reducing emissions as a key to stopping climate change.

The opening of Arctic routes could offset ice melting

As the ice melting creates an uncertain future for the Arctic environment, a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters suggests that the growth of trans-Arctic shipping and the subsequent increase in emissions may offset some of the overall warming trend in the Arctic by the end of the century.

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