Melting Arctic Means New, and Faster, Subsea Cables

By Thomas Pfeiffer and Ilya Khrennikov (Bloomberg) --Global warming has opened up Arctic passages to new shipping routes. Now the melting ice is handing an opportunity to other industries. Submarine data cables have become easier to lay in previously frozen regions, offering a shorter route for communications between the world’s major economic centers and giving a … [Read more...]

Azipod-Equipped Norwegian Coast Guard Vessel Reaches North Pole

The Norwegian Coast Guard vessel KV Svalbard Nordpolen has become the first Norwegian ship to reach the North Pole. Built in 2001, the KV Svalbard is a relatively small icebreaker equipped with ABB's Azipod® propulsion system, making it the first first ever Azipod-powered ship to reach the North Pole. According to the Norwegian Coast Guard, the vessel reached 90 degrees … [Read more...]

Macron Calls on Shipping Lines to Shun Arctic Route

By James Regan and Irina Reznik (Bloomberg) -- French President Emmanuel Macron is calling on container lines to avoid using a new Arctic shipping route to protect the environment. Speaking at the start of the Group of Seven summit in Biarritz in southwest France on Saturday, Macron said France’s biggest shipping line, CMA CGM, has committed not to use the so-called Northern … [Read more...]

Arctic Cruises Accused of Leaving Indigenous People in the Cold

By Sonia Elks LONDON, Aug 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A lust for adventure tourism is driving a rise in the number of cruise ships touring the Arctic, but local people are not seeing the benefits, experts said on Tuesday, after an explorer raised fears over "party ships" in the region. Indigenous communities are being "overwhelmed" by ships that drop up to 1,000 … [Read more...]

Icebreaker Salvages Lost Recordings Of Beluga whales

by Matthew Green (Reuters) - A year-long recording of the songs of Beluga whales has been salvaged from the Arctic after the crew of a Swedish icebreaker chanced upon a research buoy adrift in hazardous pack ice. A team tracking the device from California said they had almost given it up for lost when a “miracle” run of events allowed the vessel, the Oden, to stage an … [Read more...]