Maud, the ship that the explorer Roald Amundsen used to reach the North Pole with, returned to Norway on Monday after almost 100 years. The ship completed the circle around the North Pole and has returned to Norway. The ship stayed two days in Bergen, with its final destination beings Vollen and Asker on 18th of August.
Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs) are regions of ocean space of 200,000 square kilometers or greater that encompass coastal areas from river basins and estuaries to the outer margins of a continental shelf or the seaward extent of a predominant coastal current.
On the aftermath of the polar-bear-shot-dead incident by a Hapag-Lloyd guard, AECO reiterated its guidelines for passengers and guards when encountering polar bears, to ensure that wildlife is not disturbed in this extremely fragile environment, as well as ensuring human safety.
The American Meteorological Society published its “State of the Climate in 2017”, reporting that the sea level last year was the highest annual average since 1993. The sea level has increased for the sixth consecutive year. As for the Arctic, sea ice extent continued to see low levels.
Christophe de Margerie, the icebreaking LNG carrier owned and operated by Russian Sovcomflot (SCF Group), has crossed the Northern Sea Route in a new record time for a merchant ship without icebreaker support, during the month of July, the company announced.
The US Congressional Research Service issued an updated report on the Coast Guard Polar Icebreaker Program, foreseeing acquisition of up to three new heavy polar icebreakers, as well as plans to acquire up to three new medium polar icebreakers. Construction of the first icebreaker is scheduled to begin in 2019.
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coast Survey announced launch of hydrographic expeditions through July and August to discover what lies underneath the water’s surface. Currently only 4.1% of the US maritime Arctic has been charted to modern international navigation standards.
In its latest Shipping Review, Allianz noted that climate change is impacting ice hazards for shipping, opening new trade routes in some areas, while increasing the risk of ice in others. Arctic ice has been thinning over the past 40 years, bringing new opportunities for shipping, but also environmental concerns.
This summer, Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators is working with cruise operators on identifying how the expedition cruise industry can drastically reduce the use of disposable plastics on ships. AECO will also continue to engage thousands of cruise passengers in beach cleanups in the Arctic.
The Komi Region in Russia and the North-West Strategic Partnership agreed to jointly advance tourism and big industrial projects in the Arctic, in order to improve the region’s potential. According to the agreement, the two parties will synchronize their plans, with plans of neighboring regions and major companies.
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