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Russia: Total expands partnership with Novatek through Arctic LNG 2 project

 In the presence of the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, and the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, Total has signed an agreement with Novatek outlining the terms upon which Total shall acquire a direct working interest of 10% in Arctic LNG 2, a giant liquefied natural gas project lead by Novatek on the Gydan Peninsula in the north of Siberia.  Read More....

Meet one of the hardworking crews that provide icebreaking services in  Canadian waters. Witness the hard work that goes into the navigation, propulsion and maintenance of our icebreakers. Travel along with our members that operate the ship’s equipment, conduct daily inspections and feed the ship’s hungry crew.  See what it is like to be on the bridge, in the engine room, on deck and in the galley of a Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker.


Beyond the ice: UK policy towards the Arctic

The UK holds fast to a vision of a Global Britain that is engaged in the world and working with our international partners to advance prosperity and security in the Arctic. UK science and innovation helps advance global understanding of how changes in the Arctic have global consequences and helps to find new solutions to the challenges.  

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IMO in the polar environment: the Polar Code explained

 The Polar Code film shows how this new IMO instrument supports safe and environmentally-friendly shipping in the Arctic and Antarctic waters. (Additional footage credit to Ruedi Abbuehl from PolarNews) 

China's Polar Silk Road Concept, US LNG vs. Russian LNG Market Share Competition & Climate Change


Turkey is a non-arctic state, but few people might know that “Istanbul Technical University Polar Research Centre” conducts international studies on Arctic and Antarctic as well as marine sciences, raises public awareness on these fields and also contributes to arctic studies in international area.

Various issues related to the Arctic region have always provided an agenda for eight Arctic States, which are also members of the Arctic Council, namely Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States. However, certain recent developments have made the Arctic region a focus of attention for some other countries in addition to Turkey like China. Read More....

Coral EnergICE, the first LNG carrier holding the Ice Class 1A Super, was named at the Port of Turku today.



The 18,000 cbm vessel, designed and constructed to operate in the Baltic Sea, was delivered earlier this month to its owner, the Netherlands-based shipping company Anthony Veder, by Neptun Werft in Rostock, Germany.

To be operated by Skandinavian LNG company Skangas, the vessel will be bringing LNG to Skangas LNG terminal in Pori and the joint venture Manga LNG terminal Tornio in Finland.

“The new vessel supports our goal to develop the Nordic LNG infrastructure and gas market,” Kimmo Rahkamo, Skangas CEO, said.

As explained, the vessel’s hull is reinforced to break through one-meter thick ice with the engines and generators designed to give the vessel extra power when sailing through thick ice and harsh winter conditions. Read more....

Norway Beats Back Lawsuit Seeking to Curb Arctic Oil Drilling



Norway beat back an unprecedented lawsuit by environmental groups that sought to curb oil drilling in the country’s Arctic waters.

The government acted lawfully in awarding exploration licenses in the Arctic Barents Sea to companies such as Statoil ASA and Chevron Corp. in 2016, Oslo District Court said in a ruling on Thursday. The risk of environmental damage from the government’s decision is “limited and remedial measures are sufficient,” the court said, also ordering the environmental groups to pay 580,000 kroner ($72,000) in court costs. Read more...

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Lundin Norway a drilling permit for an appraisal well located offshore Norway.


The well 16/4-9 S will be drilled from the COSLInnovator drilling rig in the central part of the North Sea, the petroleum regulator said on Friday.

Lundin hired the COSL Drilling-owned semi-sub for a one-well gig back in July 2017. After the rig contract starts in March this year, Lundin will have an option to extend it for eight more wells. Read more.....

Statoil submits the PDO for the Johan Castberg project on behalf of the partnership with Eni and Petoro.


Statoil today submits the PDO (plan for development and operation) for the Johan Castberg project on behalf of the partnership with Eni and Petoro. Several major contracts will also be awarded to Norwegian industry.

“This is a great day! We have finally succeeded in realising the Johan Castberg development. The project is central part of the further development of the northern regions, and will create substantial value and spinoffs for Norway for 30 years,” says Margareth Øvrum, Statoil’s executive vice president for Technology, Projects and Drilling.

Capital expenditures for Johan Castberg are estimated at some NOK 49 billion. Recoverable resources are estimated at 450 – 650 million barrels of oil equivalent. This makes the Johan Castberg project the biggest offshore oil and gas development to be given the go-ahead in 2017. First oil is scheduled for more

Statoil will not give up on exploration in Arctic


The chief executive of Norway’s biggest oil company refused to give up on oil exploration in the country’s Arctic despite another disappointing drilling campaign this year. Eldar Saetre, Statoil’s chief executive, said that the government-controlled company was “very patient” when it came to exploring new areas and that it would return to the Norwegian Barents Sea next year with “optimism but realism”. Statoil found no oil at its big exploration prospect in the Arctic this year, the Korpsfjell field in an area newly opened up for drilling in the south-east of the Norwegian Barents Sea. But Mr Saetre said: “It’s a game of patience and longevity. We will drill these wells [next year] and they’re justified. We haven’t found the big stuff. But next year will also be exciting.”  Read more...

Scientists urge international agreement on fisheries in Central Arctic Ocean


A group of high-profile scientists specializing in Arctic research is urging the five Arctic coastal states and the five major distant-fishing players to finalize discussions on signing an international agreement on regulating any future fishery in the Central Arctic more



Finland is on a steady course to become a global forerunner in the development of next-generation shipping solutions following the opening of a new test area for autonomous vessels and technologies outside Eurajoki, Western Finland, in mid-August. The Jaakonmeri Test Area is the first test area in the world that is open to companies, research institutions and other interested organisations from around the globe. The test area covers an open-water area of roughly 125 square kilometres. It is controlled and managed by DIMECC, the innovation platform co-ordinating the efforts to establish a co-creation ecosystem for autonomous maritime transport in the Baltic Sea by

Adjusting course - Nordic Plan: 1- 3 November 2017

Education Application to the next specialized training course targeting adjusting of H&M claims in accordance with the Nordic Plan is now open. The course is offered by Cefor and Skuld Marine Agency (SMA), with an aim to give more in-depth knowledge of adjusting through group work and case studies. The course is aimed at professionals working within the marine insurance industry.Venue: Ingeniørenes Hus, Oslo - Norway.Application deadline is 13 October, or upon reaching the maiximum number of qualified applicants; whichever comes first. 



Finnish and Russian shipyards have a long history of collaboration – the latest example of which is a new ice breaking supply vessel for Sovcomflot Sakhalin II and the first of a trio of standby vessels 

January 2017 saw a naming ceremony held for a new icebreaking platform supply vessel for Sovcomflot. The vessel, Gennadiy Nevelskoy, is destined to work on the Sakhalin II project under a long-term agreement with Sakhalin Energy and is the first of four ordered by the Russian company for the oil

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