Arctic

Vladimir Rusanov ships LNG to China via Northern Sea Route

Russian natural gas producer Novatek announced that the Arc7 ice-class LNG tanker ‘Vladimir Rusanov’ completed the Northern Sea Route (NSR) passage via the Eastern direction, delivering a LNG cargo from the Yamal LNG project, at the port of Sabetta, to China’s port of Tianjin.

NORAD: Increased Arctic activity threats national security

Increased activity in the Arctic is a concern for national security and for US Northern Command, the officer in charge of North American security told an audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington about the role both agencies play in homeland defense.

Novatek closes Arctic LNG 2 transaction

Russian natural gas producer Novatek announced the closing of the sale of participation interests in Arctic LNG 2 Project to subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation, subsidiary of CNOOC, and the consortium of Mitsui & Co and Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (Japan Arctic LNG).

The importance of Antarctica for the planet

Antarctica is the highest, coldest, and windiest place on Earth. This frozen continent may seem irrelevant to our daily lives at first site, but it is vital to our survival, as it plays a huge role in how the entire planet and the climate function. Antarctica accommodates 90% of the global ice and helps keep the planet cool and liveable.

First Yamal LNG cargo marks summer season for NSR

The first voyage of the 2019 summer season across the Northern Sea Route began with a liquefied natural gas tanker transmitting cargo from the Yamal LNG through Arctic waters north of Russia towards Asia, Reuters reports. 

Passenger submarine design revealed

Seabourn is preparing to take travelers into the depths of the ocean for the first time by presenting the design and details for its custom submarines that will operate excursions for an additional charge from the line’s two upcoming ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ships. 

Inmarsat to launch two new satellite payloads for the Arctic

Inmarsat plans to introduce two new satellite payloads dedicated to the Arctic region, in collaboration with Space Norway and its subsidiary Space Norway HEOSAT. The new Global Xpress (GX) payloads will support the increasing demand for reliable mobile broadband services in the Arctic and throughout the world.

First battery-powered cruise ship begins maiden voyage towards the Arctic

The world’s first cruise ship partially powered by batteries will leave northern Norway to start its maiden voyage, according to cruise operator Hurtigruten. The hybrid cruise ship ‘Roald Amundsen’s’  battery pack allows it to operate solely on batteries for about 45 to 60 minutes under ideal conditions.

Norway addresses broadband communication in Arctic

The Norwegian Government announced an agreement with the state-owned company Space Norway to address the unstable broadband communication in the High North using satellites. The satellites are scheduled to be launched in 2022.

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