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...
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 Ocean....read 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 2025........www.investinfinland.fi
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. www.cefor.no
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 field........www.osjonline.com