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USCG frees vessels stuck in frozen Lake Erie

Lake Erie experiences very low temperatures, which caused ice to form rapidly over the lake leading to the motor vessels ‘John J. Boland’, ‘Hon Paul J. Martin’, ‘Indiana Harbor’ and ‘James R. Barker’ to become stuck in ice.

International agreement to prevent illegal fishing in Arctic

Five Arctic states, including Canada, Denmark -in respect of Greenland and the Faroe Islands-, Norway, Russia, and the United States have reached a historic agreement in principle, to prevent unregulated commercial fishing in the high seas of the central Arctic Ocean.

US approves new drilling operations in Arctic

The US BSEE approved Arctic exploration operations on the Outer Continental Shelf, for the first time in more than two years. The exploratory drilling, to be made by Eni US Operating Co. Inc., will take place on Spy Island, a man-made artificial island approximately three miles offshore of Oliktok Point, in State of Alaska waters.

Oil company fined for Jones Act violation in Alaska

The US Department of justice announced that a company whose focus is exploration and production of natural gas and oil in Cook Inlet, Alaska, has agreed to pay $10 million to satisfy a civil penalty originally assessed against it by U.S. Customs and Border Protection for violating the Jones Act.

US Congressman introduces Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling act

A day after President Trump’s Executive Order designed to expand coal, oil, and gas leasing on public lands, Congressman Jared Huffman reintroduced the Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act, a bill that would make the Arctic Ocean off-limits to any future drilling proposals by prohibiting any new or renewed leases for the exploration of oil in the Arctic Ocean.

IMO highlights Polar Code importance

IMO announced that Polar Code took centre stage at the Arctic Council in Juneau, Alaska,on 8-9 March, where IMO Secretary-General, Kitack Lim, delivered a speech on the importance of the Code and highlighted the safety of seafarers and the environmental protection as key elements of the Code.

U.S. Shipyard to build next generation of polar icebreakers

In testimony before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, Matthew Paxton, President of the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) cited the proven track record of the men and women of the U.S. shipyard industry describing the capability and capacity of the U.S. shipyard industry to build the next generation of polar icebreakers.

US toughens Arctic drilling rules

The U.S. Department of the Interior announced final regulations to ensure that any future exploratory drilling activities on the U.S. Arctic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) are conducted under the highest safety and environmental standards and subject to strong and proven operational requirements.

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