Arctic Sea Route Opens For Yamal LNG Cargo

by Sabina Zawadzki (Reuters) - A liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker carrying a cargo from the Yamal LNG plant has spent this week making its way through Arctic waters north of Russia towards Asia, marking the first voyage of the 2019 summer season across the Northern Sea Route. The Vladimir Rusanov, an Arc7-classed LNG tanker that can plough through semi-cleared waters, left … [Read more...]

Putin’s Arctic Plans Are a Climate Change Bet -Opinion

By Leonid Bershidsky (Bloomberg Opinion) -- Last weekend, Russia launched the last of a new crew of atomic icebreakers meant to consolidate the country’s dominance of commercial traffic in the Arctic. As much of the rest of the world recognizes climate change as an emergency, Russia is working hard to capitalize on it — and the U.S. appears to be far behind. The icebreaker … [Read more...]

Russia, Eyeing Arctic Future, Launches Nuclear Icebreaker

ST PETERSBURG, Russia, May 25 (Reuters) - Russia launched a nuclear-powered icebreaker on Saturday, part of an ambitious program to renew and expand its fleet of the vessels in order to improve its ability to tap the Arctic's commercial potential. The ship, dubbed the Ural and which was floated out from a dockyard in St Petersburg, is one of a trio that when completed will … [Read more...]

U.S. Sinks Arctic Accord Over to Climate Change Differences -Diplomats

By Simon Johnson ROVANIEMI, Finland, May 7 (Reuters) - The United States has refused to sign an agreement on challenges in the Arctic due to discrepancies over climate change wording, diplomats said on Tuesday, jeopardizing cooperation in the polar region at the sharp edge of global warming. With Arctic temperatures rising at twice the rate of the rest of the globe, the … [Read more...]

Pentagon Concerned About China’s Increasing Presence in the Arctic

By Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON, May 2 (Reuters) - Deepening Chinese activities in the Arctic region could also pave the way for a strengthened military presence, including the deployment of submarines to act as deterrents against nuclear attack, the Pentagon said in a report released on Thursday. The assessment is included in the U.S. military's annual report … [Read more...]