Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Northwest Passage versus the Northern Sea Route

Earlier this month, France’s former prime minister Michel Rocard, now French Ambassador for the Arctic and Antarctic, toured the Arctic aboard the Canadian icebreaker Amundsen. Rocard did not have high praise for his host’s capacities up north. He stated, “I … Continue reading

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Asian juggernaut eyes our ‘golden’ waterways

“We are men of action. We get things done.” With those words, Ahmed Ali Al-Subaey, the Saudi-born CEO of South Korea’s largest oil company, set the tone for a conference on Arctic shipping held, significantly, in the middle of the … Continue reading

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Something strange

Commercial shipping through the Northeast Passage over the last couple weeks has reported the seas bubbling as if they were boiling.  Their observations have been reported to the science ministry who have sent scientists to investigate.

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The ice opens the way

Wherever ice disappears, new ways open up for people to move in and through the Arctic. This summer, for instance, both the Northwest Passage and the maritime route north of Russia are ice-free. As the scientists are aware, this is … Continue reading

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First supertanker through the Northeast Passage

On August 30, the Russian Nuclear Corporation Rosatom reported that the tanker Vladimir Tikhonov – a suezmax with a deadweight of 162,000 tonnes that is owned by the Russian shipping company Sovcomflot – set a speed record completing its voyage … Continue reading

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Arctic Shipping Summit 2012

the 8th annual Arctic and cold climate shipping conference and seminar – dates to be confirmed The premier industry Arctic Shipping event focussing on the strategic, operational and technical challenges of ice and cold climate shipping  The 7th Annual Arctic … Continue reading

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