Monday, December 7, 2020
Defense

The United States’ Only Heavy Icebreaker Heads North to the Arctic

The nation’s only heavy icebreaker, the USCGC Polar Star, departed Seattle on Friday for its month-long deployment to the Arctic. While there the vessel and its crew will “protect the...

December 7, 2020
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Wednesday, November 4, 2020
uscgc polar star
Defense

McMurdo Resupply Canceled – US’s Only Heavy Icebreaker Will Go North Instead

This year the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, the nation’s only heavy icebreaker, will not deploy to Antarctica to resupply McMurdo station this year because Operation Deep Freeze was...

November 4, 2020
Total Views: 337

Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Maritime News

Aker Arctic to Develop New Baltic Icebreakers for Finland and Sweden

Finnish-based Aker Arctic has been selected to develop next-generation icebreakers for the Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA) and the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency (FTIA). The new icebreakers will provide escort operations...

November 3, 2020
Total Views: 119

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
China's polar icebreaker Xuelong 2
Defense

Without Icebreakers, How Will The US Navy Defend Greenland?

By Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen COPENHAGEN, Oct 20 (Reuters) On a windy August afternoon in 2017, Akitsinnguaq Ina Olsen was relaxing in the old harbor of Nuuk, Greenland’s capital, when a Chinese icebreaker...

October 20, 2020
Total Views: 160

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Maritime News

Russia: World’s Most Powerful Nuclear-Powered Icebreaker Headed to Arctic

MOSCOW, Sept 22 (Reuters) – A nuclear-powered ice breaker Russia says is the world’s largest and most powerful set off on Tuesday on a two-week journey to the Arctic as...

September 22, 2020
Total Views: 78

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Christophe de Margerie LNG carrier
Maritime News

Russian Joint Venture Orders 10 LNG Carriers for Arctic LNG 2 Project

A joint venture involving Russian firms SCF Group and NOVATEK has placed an order for 10 icebreaking LNG carriers to support the Arctic LNG 2 project along the Northern Sea...

September 8, 2020
Total Views: 69

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Defense

Heading Home: U.S. Coast Guard Icebreaker Healy Suffers Fire Off Alaska

The United States’ only medium icebreaker USCGC Healy has suffered a fire and propulsion failure while en route to the Arctic. The U.S. Coast Guard reports that the Healy was...

August 26, 2020
Total Views: 234

Thursday, June 11, 2020
Maritime News

President Trump Calls for Review of Nation’s Polar Icebreaker Program

President Trump has called on various federal agencies to review options for achieving a fully-operartional polar security icebreaking fleet by 2029. President Trump ordered the review in a memo released...

June 11, 2020
Total Views: 41

Thursday, April 23, 2020
A Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker escorts ships on the Northern Sea Route, July 14 2016
Maritime News

Russian Firms to Build World’s Most Powerful Nuclear Icebreaker

MOSCOW, April 23 (Reuters) – Two Russian companies signed a deal on Thursday to build the world’s most powerful nuclear icebreaker to help boost trade on a northern sea route...

April 23, 2020
Total Views: 5

Monday, December 16, 2019
arktika nuclear-powered icebreaker
Maritime News

World’s Largest Nuclear-Powered Icebreaker Completes Stage One Sea Trials

Russia’s largest and most powerful nuclear-powered icebreaker has returned from its first round of sea trials before its planned delivery in 2020.  The icebreaker, named Arktika, is under construction at...

December 16, 2019
Total Views: 443

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
lng carrier eduard toll
Maritime News

Yamal LNG’s 15-Vessel Fleet of Icebreaking LNG Tankers Now Operational

The fifteenth and final icebreaking LNG carrier responsible for shipping gas from the remote Yamal LNG terminal in the Russian Arctic has now been delivered. The vessel, named Yakov Gakkel,...

December 11, 2019
Total Views: 346

Thursday, December 5, 2019
Maritime News

Serious Concerns Raised Over Inadequate Icebreaking Capabilities on Great Lakes

With winter approaching, worsening ice conditions and high water, the Great Lakes region could be facing potential job losses and serious financial implications due to aging icebreaking assets on both...

December 5, 2019
Total Views: 27

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
arctic sea ice
Maritime News

Carr: Foam Lance Under the Ice

By Michael Carr – I worked at bracing myself under the ship, trying to steady my body against the hull while inserting the foam lance’s fabric-covered tip into the icebreaker’s...

December 4, 2019
Total Views: 10

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Interesting

Russian Icebreaker Issues (Then Retracts) Mayday Call in Storm Off Norway

OSLO/MOSCOW, Oct 22 (Reuters) – A Russian icebreaking vessel with 33 people on board made a Mayday call during a storm off the coast of western Norway on Tuesday but...

October 22, 2019
Total Views: 2

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Maritime News

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...

October 8, 2019
Total Views: 2

Monday, August 5, 2019
CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent
Maritime News

Canada Announces Plans for Six New Icebreakers

The Government of Canada has announced plans for the construction of six new icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard. The new vessels will replace existing vessels in the Coast Guard’s...

August 5, 2019
Total Views: 27

Friday, August 2, 2019
Helicopter Landing On icebergs
Blog

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...

August 2, 2019
Total Views: 3

Monday, June 24, 2019
A Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker escorts ships on the Northern Sea Route, July 14 2016
Maritime News

Russia’s Rosatom Sees Northern Sea Route Development Costing $11.7 Billion

By Katya Golubkova and Gleb Stolyarov MOSCOW, June 24 (Reuters) – Russia’s ambitious Northern Sea Route (NSR) requires 735 billion roubles ($11.7 billion) in investments, with the state budget to provide...

June 24, 2019
Total Views: 6

Monday, June 17, 2019
Maritime News

Watch: Amazing Time-Lapse Shows the World’s Biggest Nuclear Icebreakers

Check out this mesmerizing time-lapse showing the Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker Yamal conducting Arctic operations along the Northern Sea Route. The video was released by the Russian-based media company TimeLab which...

June 17, 2019
Total Views: 69

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
A Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker escorts ships on the Northern Sea Route, July 14 2016
Maritime News

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...

May 28, 2019
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