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Arctic conditions delay salvage operation for trawler until 2020

The removal of the Northguider trawler that grounded in early 2019, in a in the Hinlopen Strait, has been postponed for next year as announced by the Norwegian Coastal Administration, as the salvage company found out that the grounded vessel suffered more damage than what they initially expected. 

Insight on Polar Vortex breakdown

Polar Vortex, a pattern of high-altitude winds in the Arctic, weakened resulting to frigid air over North America and Europe in the second half of January 2019. Although the Arctic ice sea extent remained below average, temperatures in the far north were closer to average than in past years. Specifically, Arctic sea ice extent for January averaged 13.56 million square kilometers (5.24 million square miles). This was 860.000 square kilometres less in comparison to 1981 to 2010 long-term average sea ice extent, and 500.000 square kilometres above the record low for the month set in January 2018.

Arctic climate outlook forum’s predictions for summer season

The Arctic experiences two main seasons: a long and icy winter of about 9 months and a short and cool summer of about 3 months. Strong warm oceanic temperatures, predominant atmospheric circulation, and the distribution of sea ice are the main contributors of predictability over Arctic regions for the summer.

Watch: How pilots board onto moving ships in Arctic

The video, published by ViralHog, depicts how a maritime pilot is boarding to a moving ship, near the coast of Hailuoto, Finland, when the harsh Arctic conditions won’t allow pilot boats to sail. The film is reportedly dated on 2 April 2018, as the Ro-Ro cargo ship ‘Tavastland’ headed for the Port of Oulu.

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