Here you will find links to scientific publications, public reports, general information, and news and dissemination material on all aspects of Arctic shipping.
Listed below are links to other relevant external material, including research on Arctic shipping, activities of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the European Union, as well as to technical databases and other sources of relevant specialised material.
Teekay’s maiden LNG icebreaker’s Northern Sea route
- Recently Eduard Toll, the fourth of 15 Arc7 LNG carriers being built for the Yamal LNG project, made history as it underwent the latest seasonal independent passage by a merchant ship on the Northern Sea Route.
Sailing Frozen Oceans
- This article discusses environmental prediction requirements for safe Polar navigation.
Is China’s Arctic Expansion a Reason to Worry?
- China has said it plans to build a “Polar Silk Road” that will open shipping lanes across the largely pristine region at the top of the world. It’s an ambitious idea for a country that lacks an Arctic border, and it has raised concerns around the world about China’s ultimate intentions and its capacity for environmental stewardship.
The Complexities of Arctic Maritime Traffic
- In late August 2017, the Russian icebreaking LNG carrier Christophe de Margerie made headlines in maritime traffic news for a record-setting transit of the Northern Sea Route (NSR).
Campaign pushes heavy fuel oil ban in Arctic shipping
- An ambitious campaign for a ban on heavy fuel oil (HFO) from Arctic shipping has successfully harnessed the power and influence of 65 companies, organisations, politicians and explorers, since its launch in Tromsø twelve months ago.
DNV GL: Owners Advised to Prepare for Cold Conditions in the Arctic
- Classification society DNV GL has listed recommendations for navigation in cold climate conditions, which include performing risk assessments to analyze the ship’s current preparedness for operation in low temperatures, as well as preparing the vessel and initiate mitigation actions to ensure smooth operations of all equipment
Arctic study uncovers how melting ice is changing ocean’s ecosystem
- Scientists have discovered that levels of the naturally-occurring isotope radium-228 have almost doubled in the middle of the Arctic Ocean in the last 10 years. The study illustrates once more that a warming climate is having a far-reaching effect on Arctic ecosystems.
Our changing Arctic
- The Scottish Association for Marine Science, in collaboration with the University of Tromsø in Norway, is beginning a project to find out more about the unique ecosystem of the Arctic. A combination of robotic machines, known as ocean gliders, and seals fitted with similar data-gathering devices, will play a vital role in recording and transmitting measurements on changing factors as the ice changes through the seasons.
Arctic Report Card: Fewer Records Shattered in 2017
- A NOAA-sponsored report shows that the warming trend transforming the Arctic persisted in 2017, resulting in the second warmest air temperatures, above average ocean temperatures, loss of sea ice and a range of human, ocean and ecosystem effects.
2017 Arctic Research Explores the ‘Roomba’ Approach
- An important research project took place this August during the US Coast Guard’s annual science patrol aboard the cutter Healy, the United States’ newest and most technologically advanced polar icebreaker.
Canadian Partnership Leads to Better Ice Detection
- Canadian technology firm Rutter has completed a collaborative initiative with Statoil Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to improve ice detection for harsh environment offshore oil and gas operations.
High tech Arctic communications without satellites
- Two Finnish companies, Fleetrange and KNL Networks, say they are the first in the world to provide Arctic maritime situational awareness, IoT and communications using technology independent of satellites.
Arctic Regional Hydrographic Commission
- On October 6, 2010, the five Arctic Coastal States; Canada, Denmark, Norway, the Russian Federation and the United States, under the leadership of Canada established the Arctic Regional Hydrographic Commission (ARHC).
BMT ARGOSS Launches Ice Charting Capability
- BMT ARGOSS (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, has launched its ice charting capability which, coupled with its extensive weather forecasting expertise, will provide a more enhanced and cost effective service to customers globally.
A new integrated EU policy for the Arctic adopted
- In April 2016, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission adopted a policy proposal that will guide the actions of the European Union in the Arctic region.
- The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters