Right now, the 2020 sulphur cap is on all of our minds. That was especially clear a few weeks ago as I was speaking at a customer seminar in Tokyo. The participants asked a lot of excellent questions, most of which dealt with the same theme: what will next year’s fuels look like and how do we deal practically with the challenges they pose?

Cosco Shipping, Sovcomflot, Novatek and Silk Road Fund have inked an agreement to set up and Arctic shipping joint venture to manage icebreaking LNG carriers.

Technology group Wärtsilä is implementing a fleet operations solution catered to the sensitive Arctic waters for the shuttle tankers of Russia’s shipping firm Sovcomflot.

Norwegian equipment supplier H. Henriksen has developed a winterised version of its standard FoxTail mop skimmer to clean up oil spills, specially modified for use in arctic conditions.

The Tasmanic Winter has nearly finished its voyage from China to Rotterdam via the Northern Sea Route with 24 new vessels on board built at Damen yards in Changde and Yichang.

PAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group) has ordered a pair LNG-powered aframax tanker newbuilds backed by 20-year charters from Rosneft.

An icebreaking LNG carrier serving the Yamal LNG project in far North Russia has set a new record transit for July of less than eight days for the Northern Sea Route (NSR).

GAC Russia has been appointed by Yamal LNG to manage 400 port calls a year for icebreaking LNG carriers.

The importance opening up of the Northern Sea Route (NSR) with the receding of the Polar ice cap should not be exaggerated says Singapore Shipping Association president Esben Poulsson.

The IMO has agreed to take steps toward a ban on the use of heavy fuel oil in Arctic shipping, following an appeal from the Canadian government, indigenous participants and testimony from WWF-Canada.

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