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Rolls-Royce Unveils Stabilizer for Ice Class Ships

Photo: Rolls-Royce

The latest version of Rolls-Royce stabilization systems adds the potential for ice class ships to benefit from the company’s Stabilization-at-Rest (SAR) concept.The SAR system, incorporated to both the Aquarius and Neptune ranges of Rolls-Royce retractable stabilizers, employs active fin control technology

Damen to Equip Chile's Antarctic Research Vessel

Photo: Damen Marine Components

Damen Marine Components has won a contract to supply steering gear, rudders and stern tube parts for an Antarctic research vessel of the Chilean Navy, under LRS -Polar 5 Class notation. The contract was awarded by ASMAR Talcahuano Shipyard, Chile. Design of the vessel was done in collaboration with VARD Canada.

LNG Carrier Completes Record Arctic Transit

Christophe de Margerie (Photo: Sovcomflot)

An icebreaking liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier has completed a record journey through the Northern Sea Route (NSR) in the Arctic.The Christophe de Margerie owned and operated by Sovcomflot (SCF Group) covered the distance of 2,360 nautical miles eastward through the NSR, from the port of Sabetta

Novatek Ships First LNG Cargo to China via Arctic

Eduard Toll (File photo courtesy Teekay)

Russian natural gas producer Novatek delivered on Thursday the first ever liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo to China via the Northern Sea Route (NSR) alongside the Arctic coast, which drastically cuts delivery time to Asian consumers.The shipments of LNG from Yamal LNG project via the NSR to China cuts

Soundnine XTP Sensors Deployed on Polar Buoy

An experimental drifting buoy equipped with eXpendable Temperature and Pressure (XTP) sensors from Soundnine Inc. was deployed for the UpTempo project.  The UpTempO project, headed by Dr. Mike Steele of the University of Washington, Polar Science Center, uses inexpensive buoys to measure the Upper layer Temperature of the Polar Oceans.

"Vladimir Rusanov" Completes First Eastern Transit

Photo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced that the Ice-Breaking LNG Carrier "Vladimir Rusanov", which is jointly owned by MOL and China COSCO Shipping Corporation, has successfully arrived at the Bering Strait.    The vessel carried out a LNG loading operation in the Yamal LNG plant at Sabetta port, before

Russian Arctic LNG Debuts on NSR to Asia

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A landmark Russian Arctic liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipment has begun its journey through the Northern Sea Route (NSR) to Asia, marking the delayed start of summer navigation as thawing sea ice clears a short-cut to the world's biggest LNG market.   The $27 billion Yamal LNG plant developed by Russia's Novatek and France's Total despite U.

Russian Arctic LNG Liftings Halved as Ice Impedes

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Shipments from Russia's Arctic liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant picked up from late last week after maintenance and unseasonably thick sea ice impeded exports this month.   The Boris Vilkitski LNG tanker left the area of the Yamal plant on Friday for France's Montoir terminal after spending more than a week idling fully-laden offshore.

Norway Awards Oil Permits to 11 Firms in Arctic Licensing Round

The West Hercules drilling rig in the Barents Sea. (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland / Equinor)

Norway has awarded 12 oil and gas exploration licences to Equinor and 10 other companies focused mostly on the Arctic, where Oslo believes it has the greatest potential for significant new discoveries.Nine of the licences are located in the Barents Sea and three in the Norwegian Sea off central Norway, the Ministry of Oil and Energy said on Monday.

Aker Arctic Tests Autonomous Ship Model

(Photo: Aker Arctic)

A Finnish engineering firm known for its ice-going vessel expertise says it is studying another area of ship technology: autonomous vessel operations.Aker Arctic says it recently successfully tested an autonomous ship model at its ice model test laboratory in Helsinki.The test, which was carried out in ice-free waters,

Accelerating Antarctic Thaw Speeds Sea Level Rise

Crevasses near the grounding line of Pine Island Glacier, Antarctica. (Credits: University of Washington/I. Joughin)

An accelerating thaw of Antarctica has pushed up world sea levels by almost a centimeter since the early 1990s in a risk for coasts from Pacific islands to Florida, an international team of scientists said on Thursday.Antarctica has enough ice to raise seas by 58 meters (190 ft) if it ever all melted,

SunStone Orders Third Expedition Ship from China

3D rendering of an Infinity class ship (Image: SunStone Ships)

SunStone Ships, Inc. announced it has finalized an agreement with shipbuilder China Merchants Industry Holdings Co. Ltd. to build a third Infinity class expedition cruise vessel, to be named Ocean Victory. The newbuild is scheduled to be delivered in March 2021.SunStone’s President & CEO, Niels-Erik Lund,

Denmark Transfers ArcticWeb to Norway

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Effective today, Denmark will transfer to Norway responsibility for the ArcticWeb, a web-based platform designed to improve navigational safety in the Arctic.The Norwegian Coastal Administration will take over the ownership and operation of ArcticWeb, while the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) will continue

IMO Okays U.S.-Russian Bering Strait Routing Plan

Image: PACIFIC ENVIRONMENT

The International Maritime Organization approved the Bering Strait and Bering Sea ship routing measures proposed by the United States and Russian Federation.   Taking effect Dec. 1, 2018, the six two-way routes and six precautionary areas are the first internationally recognized ship routing measures the IMO has approved for polar waters.

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