Russia seized two cruise ships from the Canada-based cruise company One Ocean Expeditions, allegedly ‘without warning’. The cruise company has leased the two Russian-seized cruise vessels using them to transmit travellers on cruises through the Arctic and Antarctic.
Hurtigruten launched silent, electric-powered and emission-free catamarans. The company has collaborated with Norwegian startup Brim Explorer, in order to introduced the battery powered catamarans, which are custom built for Polar water exploration. Starting operations in the spring of 2020, the 24-meter vessel will operate in daily ocean excursions from Longyearbyen on the Arctic island of Svalbard.
According to One Ocean Expeditions, its ship, the ‘Akademic Ioffe’, ran aground in the western Gulf of Boothia on Friday, August 24. However, in the latest update, the company informed that the passenger ship has now been refloated. All passengers are reported as safe.
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.
As Hapag-Lloyd Cruises informed, during the weekend, on a trip ashore in Spitsbergen during a Bremen cruise, a polar bear guard was attacked on land by a polar bear. The guard suffered head injuries, however, he was responsive after the attack and was airlifted. However, the polar bear was shot dead.
The International Council on Clean Transportation issued five briefing papers, prepared by PhD Bryan Comer, summarizing HFO use in the IMO Polar Code Arctic, for 2015. Analyzing data for the cruise sector, the paper reveals 40 of 62 cruise ships operated on HFO in the region in 2015, with most HFO-fueled cruise ships flying the Bahamas flag.
More and more companies are attempting to expand into Arctic cruise shipping. The newest attempt is by Lindblad, which celebrated the keel laying of its first polar new build at the CRIST shipyard in Gdynia, Poland. However, this is not the first cruise ship aimed to sail in the Arctic. Namely, 16 new expedition vessels for Arctic waters are being designed.
Namely, the vessel will be 104.4 meters long, 18.4 meters wide and will have a weight of 7,400 tonnes, reaching a speed of at least 15.5 knots. Moreover, it will have electric propulsion and control system, thus being able to sail through high-latitude sea ice. The ship will be designed by the Norwegian shipbuilding company Ulstein.
21 international partners will join forces to enhance Arctic search and rescue through the new ARCSAR network. Having secured €3.5 million in EU funding, the project will run for five years and include a live exercise on a cruise vessel, in a bid to strengthen cooperation and innovation in emergency response in Arctic and North Atlantic.
“Crystal Endeavor” will be the largest and is expected to start its journey on 2020, travelling in the world’s polar and most remote destinations. The megayacht will cruise in Polar Regions during the summer and autumn in medium “first year” ice, possibly including old ice inclusions.
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