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  • #46
    Crystal Serenity has done it and will be in New York on schedule 16. Sept. as planned I.A.: http://gcaptain.com/cruise-shipping-...hwest-passage/
    She is now heading to Bar Harbour, Main.

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    • #47
      From pampered guests to crude oil. The first tanker capable of year around operation in the Russian Arctic has completed the first voyage from Ob to Murmansk: https://gcaptain.com/new-oil-tanker-...ussian-arctic/

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      • #48
        Back to pampered guests. Should there be restrictions of how many can visit the Arctic and Antarctic by cruise ships?
        If so, how can this be done?: https://gcaptain.com/uncharted-water...il-the-arctic/

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        • #49
          The first large ship to receive IMO Polar Class endorsement is a Russian tanker: http://gcaptain.com/russian-shuttle-...os-polar-code/

          If you want to see what this ship is going to be doing the next 20 + years, watch an earlier Russian icebreaking tanker in operation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ms_MK2dnGJ0

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          • #50
            Russia intend to continue dominating the Arctic: http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Sec...3501482850791/

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            • #51
              The Polar Code has been implemented, but it has flaws: http://arcticjournal.com/business/27...ce-and-concern
              So far not many ships comply and no enforcement is in place to ensure that only vessels complying is plying Arctic and Antarctic waters.

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              • #52
                Hurtigruten is out front to sign up for HFO ban in the Arctic: http://www.green4sea.com/ngos-demand...ping-clean-up/

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                • #53
                  The Arctic is hotting up in more ways then one.
                  Teekay is building 6 icebreaking LNG Carriers for the Yamal project: http://teekay.com/blog/2017/01/26/la...r-lng-carrier/

                  Last edited by ombugge; March 18th, 2017, 05:32.

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                  • pilotdane
                    pilotdane commented
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                    What fuel do LNG carriers use? I assume there is a certain amount of boil off of the natural gas. It would either have to be vented or collected and used to power the engine(s).

                  • ombugge
                    ombugge commented
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                    Sorry, missed your comment.
                    Yes they are using the boil-off gas for fuel, either for propulsion or for boilers, generators etc.
                    Some of the newest VLNGs are able to use LNG as main fuel when loaded, HFO when in ballast.
                    Pure LNG powered units are in the works.

                • #54
                  Not directly Shipping but a territorial dispute over Hans Island in the Nares Strait, which separate Ellesmere Island in Canada from Greenland, thus affecting shipping in the area.
                  How to settle such disputes, go to war or exchange bottles of booze?: http://www.arcticnow.com/politics-po...-and-schnapps/

                  Maybe herein lay a good lesson for others?

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                  • #55
                    The max. extent of Arctic sea ice for this winter has been reached and are covering less area than ever before: http://www.arcticnow.com/science/201...year-in-a-row/

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                    • #56
                      Polar Code explained and visualized in a video: http://gcaptain.com/imo-film-polar-code-explained/

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                      • #57
                        Since we don't have a sports thread I place this here: http://www.offshoreenergytoday.com/v...an-arctic-rig/

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                        • #58
                          The first shipment of Norwegian LNG is on it's way to Asia via the Northern Sea Route: https://www.arcticnow.com/business/2...n-lng-to-asia/

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                          • PoloUK
                            PoloUK commented
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                            Interesting. Sitting on our little island in the Atlantic we never think about that route for shipping. Just finished an interesting book retracing the route of the Silk Road, and certainly trade with Asia is nothing new - just not in those quantities and in that gaseous state!

                          • ombugge
                            ombugge commented
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                            The Asian states definitely thinks about it. China, India, Japan, South Korea and even little Singapore has obtained Observer status in the Arctic Council.
                            UK is also an Observer, but appears to concentrate their interest more in the south than in the north.

                        • #59
                          More news about the Northern Sea Route and it's potential: https://www.arcticnow.com/business/s...-route-agency/

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