Arctic

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. 

Canada’s Arctic offshore patrols to begin operations by 2025

Canada’s Department of National Defence announced that the nation’s fleet of Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships will be operational by 2025. The new fleet will comprise of six ice-capable Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) that will be used by the Royal Canadian Navy for surveillance operations in Canadian waters.

AECO helps Greenlandic town establish guidelines for tourists

Sisimiut has become the first Greenlandic town to launch its own Community Specific Guidelines. The guidelines inform tourists on how to be thoughtful visitors. The guidelines were created by the local business association Destination Arctic Circle with support from AECO and funding from NORA.

Iceland now included in AECO’s geographical range

The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators has included Iceland in its geographical range. Guidelines and other measures will also be applied to ensure sustainable expedition cruise operations in Iceland. At least 25% of AECO’s operating members have itineraries that already include or will include Iceland in the future.

UK shipping to face many changes in the future

According to the report “Future of the sea”, the shipping industry is a vital part of the UK economy, as 95% of imports and exports are carried by sea. The UK maritime sector is the largest in Europe, worth an estimated £14.5 billion. Growing population and development will increase the demand for the transport of goods and the drive to mitigate against climate change will put pressure on the shipping industry to lower CO2 emissions.

China, Russia agree to jointly build Ice Silk Road

Chinese president Xi Jinping and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev agreed that the two countries can join forces for the development of maritime passageways, particularly the Northern Sea Route, so as to foster an “Ice Silk Road.”

China reveals three sea routes under Belt & Road initiative

China has proposed three marine economic passages connecting Asia with Africa, Oceania, Europe and beyond, in a bid to advance maritime cooperation, under the Belt and Road Initiative: the China-Indian Ocean-Africa-Mediterranean Sea Blue Economic Passage; the China-Oceania-South Pacific Blue Economic Passage; and one that will lead to Europe via the Arctic Ocean.

First X-bow expedition cruise ship launched

Aurora Expeditions announced the launch of a new world-class expedition ship, designed for operations in the polar regions and remote destinations across the globe. Completed in time for the 2019/20 Antarctica season, the vessel is the first of its kind to use Ulstein’s X-bow technology.

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