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Underscoring the political will behind Russia’s LNG ambitions President Vladimir Putin attended the naming ceremony of the first ice-class LNG carrier designed to serve the Yamal LNG project in the country's Far North.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says the country is set to become the world’s largest producer of LNG as the world’s first ice-breaking LNG carrier calls at Sabetta port in Yamal.

Greencarrier Freight Services has set up an office in Polarbase in the Far North of Norway to service the oil and gas industry in the Barents Sea.

Global satellite operator Inmarsat reports that it has been able to demonstrate a consistent shipboard internet connection for its Fleet Xpress service in the Antarctic region.

Hamburg-based Hansa Heavy Lift (HHL), which specializes in super heavy lift, heavy lift and project cargo, says it is looking to step up its involvement in the offshore industry with a particular focus on transportation and installation (T&I) in the subsea oil and gas market as well as the offshore windfarm sector.

ABS and China Ocean Shipping Company (Cosco) have signed an agreement to cooperate on trans-Arctic voyages through the Northeast passage.

Wärtsilä has inked a contract with Russia’s Ruselprom Group to outfit two new icebreakers with engines that can operate in super arctic conditions.

The decision by Shell to pull out of drilling in the Alaskan Arctic is a major blow to an already hard-pressed specialised segment of the offshore industry, says DNV GL.

Shell is pulling out of oil exploration off the coast of Alaska “for the foreseeable future”, after finding insufficient oil and gas quantities in one of its basins, and the impact of high costs associated with further exploration.

The Arctic, viewed by some as a burgeoning frontier for offshore energy - and, therefore, tanker shipping - has presented a study in contradictions for the Obama administration.

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