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USCG Medevacs Fisherman NE of Cold Bay, Alaska

Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a 44-year-old man

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a 44-year-old man from the fishing vessel Golden Alaska approximately 60 miles northeast of Cold Bay, Tuesday.   The Jayhawk helicopter crew forward deployed to Cold Bay hoisted the man and safely transported him to Cold

WFN: Cable Route Survey Support for Kativik

Photo: WFN Strategies

WFN Strategies has been awarded a contract by Kativik Regional Government, a supramunicipal body with jurisdiction over the territory of Québec situated north of the 55th parallel of Canada, to provide cable route survey support for the proposed Eastern Arctic Undersea Fiber Optic Network (EAUFON) submarine telecoms cable system.

Sberbank, Sovcomflot Sign $106m Finance Deal

Ice-breaking LNG carrier Christophe de Margerie. Photo: PAO Sovcomflot

 The largest bank in Russia Sberbank and shipping company Sovcomflot have signed a new USD 106 million project financing agreement, with a term of up to 14 years.    The funds will finance the construction of a high ice class Arctic shuttle tanker (Arc7) for the Novy Port project, under a long-term agreement with Gazprom Neft.

US Icebreaker Suffers Flooding, Engine Failure in Antarctic

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star breaks ice in McMurdo Sound near Antarctica (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Nick Ameen)

America’s aging, sole remaining heavy icebreaker suffered several engineering challenges, including flooding and engine failure, on its way to completing a recent mission in the Antarctic, highlighting the U.S.’ need for new polar icebreakers.   The 1970s-era U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star is

Sovcomflot’s New Icebreaker Named

(Photo: Sovcomflot)

A ceremony raising the flag of the Russian Federation and naming a new multifunctional icebreaking platform supply vessel, Yevgeny Primakov, took place on February 3, 2018 in Saint Petersburg.    The vessel was built by Arctech Helsinki Shipyard, a subsidiary of the United Shipbuilding Corporation;

Novatek to Launch Second Yamal LNG Line in September

(Photo: Yamal LNG)

Russia's largest non-state natural gas producer Novatek will launch a second line at its Yamal LNG plant in September, the RIA news agency cited the company as saying on Wednesday.   Novatek owns a 50.1 percent stake in Yamal LNG. France's Total and China National Petroleum Corp each control 20 percent, while China's Silk Road Fund owns 9.

Polaris Commences Icebreaking in Bothnian Bay

Polaris in the Bothnian Bay during winter 2017 (Photo: Patrik Barck, Arctia Ltd.)

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered icebreaker Polaris has left its home base in Helsinki on Tuesday to become the third Finnish icebreaker active in this year’s icebreaking season. The nearly 110-meter-long Polaris is the world’s first LNG powered icebreaker, running on both LNG and marine diesel.

Alaska Requests Limits on US Offshore Drilling

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Alaska Governor Bill Walker said on Tuesday he has asked U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to pare back a Trump administration plan for oil and gas leasing off the state's coast.   While Walker supports offshore oil development, he said the Interior Department should focus on the most prospective

China Reveals “Polar Silk Road” in Arctic

Xi Jinping, President, China. Photo: Hellenic Chinese Center for Entrepreunership

 China unveiled its ambitions to develop a "Polar Silk Road" through the Arctic, joining a multinational race to exploit opportunities in the resource-rich region, as the shipping lanes opened up by global warming.   China said it would encourage enterprises to build infrastructure and conduct commercial trial voyages,

China Unveils 'Polar Silk Road' Arctic Vision

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China on Friday outlined its ambitions to extend President Xi Jinping's signature Belt and Road Initiative to the Arctic by developing shipping lanes opened up by global warming.   Releasing its first official Arctic policy white paper, China said it would encourage enterprises to build infrastructure and conduct commercial trial voyages,

Coral EnergICE Named in Finland

Coral EnergICE is the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier to hold 1A Super ice class (Photo: Skangas)

The first liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier to hold 1A Super ice class was named Coral EnergICE during a ceremony at the Port of Turku, Finland on January 25.   The 18,000-cubic-meter capcity Coral EnergICE was constructed by German shipbuilder Neptun Werft for owner Anthony Veder, and will be operated

US, Russia Propose Bering Strait Shipping Routes

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In response to increased Arctic shipping traffic, the United States and Russian Federation have proposed a system of two-way routes for vessels to follow in the Bering Strait and Bering Sea. The nations jointly developed and submitted the proposal to the International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Canada Unveils New Arctic Shipping Safety Regulations

Photo: Transport Canada

 Canada's Arctic is a vast and diverse region that is an integral part of this country. Marine transportation in the Arctic connects Canada to other countries and provides an essential lifeline for northern communities.   To uphold the Government of Canada's high standards for marine shipping in the north,

US Could Get First LNG Import from Russia despite Sanctions

Christopher De Margerie (Photo: SCF Group)

A vessel that may be carrying liquefied natural gas from Russia's new Yamal LNG export terminal could be heading to the United States despite sanctions against the company that operates the Russian facility, according to a report by S&P Global Platts and Thomson Reuters shipping data.   The tanker Chris.

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