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  • ombugge
    started a topic News about Arctic Shipping and Marine Operations

    News about Arctic Shipping and Marine Operations

    The Arctic has been "hot" news in Shipping and Oil Exploration, among other thing. ​Time to have a separate thread for this subject, as it has been mentioned in several thread so far.

    Remember the plan to build a major Container Port near Kristiansund some years back to cater to the large number of Container ships expected to ply the Northern Route?
    Well, so far no Main line container ship has done so and none is not likely to do so in the near future.
    The cost and uncertainty of availability of Ice breakers is one reason, politics another. Besides, none of the large new Container ships are strengthen for unattended passage in ice.

    Here is an article which explains the reasons why this is not a viable proposition on a large scale and for general use in the foreseeable future: http://gcaptain.com/high-arctic-cost...Captain.com%29

    No doubt there will be specially built vessels traversing the Northern Route in the short season when it is ice free, but for ordinary Container vessels carrying ordinary cargo between Far East and Europe it is not economically viable yet. Besides, only from northern parts of Far East to Northern Europe is there any real distance savings. From Singapore to Rotterdam via Suez the distance is about the same as via the northern route, with far better weather and less technical or political problems.
    Last edited by ombugge; October 29th, 2014, 09:35.

  • Ralf__
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    Underestimation of the Global Warming? I am a bit surprised, since this seems to be such a well planned project with no regards on the costs. Why didN#t they choose a Nuclear Ice Breaker for this trip. There are only two left of seven, but anyway...

  • ombugge
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    Even the strong and capable can get overtaken by the ice
    https://www.arctictoday.com/aid-is-o...ar-north-pole/

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  • Ralf__
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    This is from Wikipedia:
    According to a press release dated 7 May 2019 announcing the PSC contract, VT Halter Marine teamed with Technologies Associates, Inc. (TAI), in the overall design based upon the proposed German polar research vessel Polarstern II. In addition to TAI, VT Halter Marine has teamed with ABB/Trident Marine for the PSC's Azipod propulsion system, Raytheon for command and control systems integration, Caterpillar for the main engines, Jamestown Metal Marine for joiner package, and Bronswerk for the HVAC system. Also, VT Halter Marine anticipates that the lead ship will be delivered in 2024, with the second PSC in 2025, and the third in late 2027.[11] The first three PSCs will be homeported in Seattle, Washington.[

    But meanwhile the latest news about Polarstern II in Germany are, that they stopped the process of forming the call for bids, because it is lasting too long (four years now) and the originally described technology is now too old. So they have to start it over again.

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  • ombugge
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    The new US federal budget contain funds for the second heavy icebreaker from VT Marine:
    https://www.arctictoday.com/trumps-2...ic-priorities/

    Any news on how the first one is progressing?

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  • ombugge
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    Not exactly news but nostalgia:
    https://www.maritime-executive.com/e...hattan-in-1969

    I saw the Manhattan at the anchorage off Chittagong, Bangladesh in 1972 when she arrived with a cargo of grain as a gift from USAid at a time when there were starvation in the aftermath of the 1971 war.
    She was far too big to get even to the normal anchorage area so she anchored several miles down the coast, not far from Cox's Basar, using some Greek owned small shallow draft ships to bring the cargo up river
    There were no vacuum sucking machines in Bangladesh, so initially the grain was hauled on deck in wicker baskets, emptied onto cargo nets and lifted to the small ships by their derricks.
    A Norwegian shipping man that had been living and working in India for many years, but had turned to some obscured hindu sect and forsworn worldly riches, somehow got involved. He managed to arrange to get some vacuum machines, which was rented out to UNDP. They did the job a lot easier, but it still took months to discharge the entire cargo.

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  • ombugge
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    If you are planning on a trip to the Arctic beware of Walruses:
    https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/ar...ern-fleet-boat

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  • ombugge
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    AECO (An organisation I didn't even know existed)has issued guidelines for visitors to the arctic:
    https://www.aeco.no/2019/05/new-clea...to-the-arctic/

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  • ombugge
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    SCF is the leader in Arctic shipping and intend to maintain that position with a new fleet of "Green funnel" tankers:
    https://www.tankershipping.com/news/...tics_57598.htm

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  • pakarang
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    That is an amazing size for an icebreaker!

    I'm not sure that this route will be a good solution for many, but I guess time will show. What I'm most worried about is the sensitivity of the area, and the real possibility of (severe) pollution, either due to normal operation or an accident.

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  • Ralf__
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    I have doubts, if this route will be such attractive. I think for container ships it will be not (huge temperature differences can spoil the cargo, big distance from China to Europe, via Suez it is much shorter.

  • ombugge
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    Russia is going ahead with it's plan for year around transit on the NSR with an aim to transport 80 mill. tons of cargo per year.
    This will require larger, wider and more powerful icebreakers than presently available:
    https://www.arctictoday.com/moscow-c...ar-icebreaker/

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  • pakarang
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    Not sure we have shared this interesting look at the effects of cruise ships sailing in Arctic waters, but it's well worth seeing if you have some interest in the subject:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cf_lMloF_lc

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  • ombugge
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    BBC has an article about the North West Passage and the possibility of future shipping, which is interesting:
    https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45527531
    They mention the Franklin expedition, but manage to forget Roald Amundsen. I wonder why??

    PS> The also mention that "you don't want your ship to break down while in the Arctic" True, but nobody WANT their ship to break down AYNWHERE.

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  • Seagull
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    A highly significant maritime news item which I didn't see reported elsewhere ...thanks for bringing that link to our attention ombugge.
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