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.
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.
TimeLab, a media-based Russian Company, was filming for a week the Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker Yamal conducting Arctic operations along the Northern Sea Route. The time-lapse presents ice-breaking operations in the Northern Sea Route.
Norwegian Government’s State Secretary Marianne Hagen commented on maritime security in the Western Indian Ocean, during a ministerial conference. She highlighted that Somali piracy hasn’t been eradicated yet. The State Secretary noted that Norway wishes to maintain its capacity on prosecuting and imprisoning pirates here in the region, with Mauritius, the Seychelles and Kenya as important partners.
In light of climate change and its impact on the Arctic region, Dr Sian Prior, Lead Advisor to the Clean Arctic Alliance, urges the shipping industry to reduce, as soon as possible, ship speed to cut CO2 emissions globally, while also reduce black carbon emissions by changing to cleaner fuels in the Arctic.
The Norwegian government introduced new rules for passenger ships in Svalbard, in the Arctic Ocean, in a bid to improve safety and security in this fragile Arctic environment. The rules apply to both Norwegian and foreign ships.
The Arctic Council’s Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum convened for the third time since its inception in 2017, in London from 3-4 June, under Iceland Chairmanship. The aim of the Forum is to support the effective implementation of IMO’s International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code).
During the 2019 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Novatek, Sovcomflot, Cosco Shippinh Corporation Limited, and the Silk Road Fund Co., Ltd, signed a four-party agreement to establish a joint venture Maritime Arctic Transport LLC. The focus of the Maritime Arctic Transport joint venture is to manage an icebreaking tanker fleet of Arctic ice-class vessels.
MOL signed a MoU with the Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping ‘Makarov University’, that boosts its aim to be one of the leading shipping companies in the NSR operation, as the company understands that one key for its success is having seafarers especially well-trained for the NSR.
Russia’s Novatek signed a series of partnership deals for the equipment supply and the development of Arctic projects. The company announced an agreement with Gazprom Neft to establish a joint venture, aiming to explore and develop Arctic hydrocarbon fields.
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