The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published its updated edition of the “Arctic Report Card for 2019”, focusing on the risks generated from the warming air temperatures, the declining sea ice and the warming waters. The report pays attention basically to the Bering Sea region.
During its 31st session on 25 November-4 December, the IMO Assembly adopted a resolution on interim safety measures for ships not certified under the SOLAS Convention operating in polar waters. The resolution urges Member States to implement, voluntarily, safety measures prescribed in the Polar Code.
The Government of Iceland and the Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources recently published a new regulation, tightening fuel requirements in Iceland’s territorial waters. Through the regulation, the government aims to enhance improved air quality in harbors and comply with its coalition agreement and climate action plan.
The Iceland Nature and Conservation Association and the Clean Arctic Alliance applaud Iceland’s restrictions on sulphur emissions, commenting that this decision has a “loophole” given that some vessels will continue burning HSFO using scrubbers.
Rosatom is completing the legal process of acquiring a non-controlling interest in logistics firm Delo Management Company, to further solidify its position in the Arctic. On the basis of Rosatom’s logistics assets and the assets of Delo Asset Management, it is planned to create a new Arctic container line.
Exactly 60 years have passed, since the “Antarctic Treaty” was inked in Washington on 1st of December 1959. Yesterday, was the 60th anniversary for the agreement which made Antarctica a peaceful place for science purposes and international collaborations.
According to Yamal LNG’s statement, from the beginning of 2019, the plant produced more than 16.5 million tonnes of LNG, surpassing its annual nameplate production capacity. The LNG plant reached the 25 million tons of LNG since the beginning of Train 1 in December 2017; From that time, Yamal has dispatched more than 340 cargos.
Russia’s Arctic North is facing two conflicts; valuable minerals and preserving the wildlife. The latter faces many challenges, as the decline in Arctic sea ice provides a new economic opportunity for Russia in that area, concerning the country’s trade relations with others.
An Arctic shipbuilding and repair center is to be created in Russia’s Murmansk Region, which is expected to consolidate resources and optimize costs. The center will be set up on the basis of three affiliates of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC).
Three US Senators introduced the Arctic Shipping Federal Advisory Committee Act, aimed to address increasing shipping and maritime traffic by creating an advisory committee to study Arctic maritime transportation, including Arctic seaway development.
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