Russia Willing to Pay to Lure Shippers to the Arctic

(Bloomberg) --Russia wants to make its Arctic waters more attractive to shippers than the Suez Canal and could be willing to compensate for potential risks to make that happen. President Vladimir Putin has made development of the Arctic one of Russia’s top long-term priorities and huge projects to export liquefied natural gas via the Northern Sea Route have already lured … [Read more...]

Research Icebreaker Parks on Arctic Ice Floe for Year-Long Drift Around the North Pole

German research icebreaker Polarstern is now parked Arctic Ocean ice floe where researchers will set up camp for a one-year-long drift around the North Pole in the name of climate science. Experts from the MOSAiC expedition used satellite imagery and helicopter flights to scout the perfect ice floe, perhaps the most critical piece of the puzzle in the year-long expedition to … [Read more...]

Arctic Expedition to Investigate ‘Epicenter of Climate Change”

For the first time ever, scientists will use a modern research icebreaker to drift in the ice for an entire year, allowing scientists to investigate the Arctic winter from the vicinity of the North Pole. By Ints Kalnins TROMSOE, Norway, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Scientists from 19 countries are preparing to embark on a year-long expedition to the Arctic, the longest project of … [Read more...]

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...]