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...]

Canada to Lay Claim to Resource Rich North Pole

OTTAWA, Dec 9 (Reuters) - Canada intends to lay claim to the North Pole as part of a bid to assert control over a large part of the resource-rich Arctic, Foreign Minister John Baird said on Monday. Baird said Canada had filed a preliminary submission to a special United Nations commission collecting competing claims and would be submitting more data later. The move could … [Read more...]

Russian Icebreaker to Take Olympic Torch to North Pole

An Olympic organizing committee in Russia unveiled plans today to take the Olympic torch relay to the North Pole ahead of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi this February. To get to there, the torch will depart this October from the port of Murmansk in the extreme northwest part of Russia on board the nuclear powered icebreaker "50 Years of Victory". Once at the North … [Read more...]

Maritime Monday for May 27th, 2013: Hard Water Sailing

Belgian Antarctic Expedition (1117 x 738) Grosvenor Philatelic Auctions Der Eisbrecher Stettin im Nord-Ostsee Kanal (Kiel Canal) (4,320 × 3,240 pixels) Launched:  7 September 1933 - Out of service:  1981 Steam icebreaker built by the shipyard Stettiner Oderwerke in 1933. For the first time in Germany, the construction was characterized by a novel new design called … [Read more...]