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Rather than waiting for the inevitable to happen, insurers are warning that better precautions should be taken to avoid an Arctic disaster before it happens even as traffic into the isolated region keeps increasing.

A Fednav vessel is set to make the first independent passage of the Arctic Northwest passage shipping a cargo of nickel concentrate from Northern Quebec to China.

Weathernews is predicting that the Northern Sea Route (NSR) via the Arctic Sea round northern Russia will open from mid-August, while the northwestern passage via Canada will open shortly thereafter.

Wärtsilä has been contracted to provide its new Multipurpose PSV (MPSV) design for Tersan Shipyard, Turkey, as part of a newbuilding deal for the US’ Tidewater Inc.

UK ministers for Shipping and the Armed Forces published its first National Strategy for Maritime Security (NSMS) at the UK Chamber of Shipping yesterday.

 

A Greenpeace protest targeting the tanker Mikhail Ulyanov at Rotterdam port has been condemned by owners Sovcomflot as "an irresponsible publicity stunt".

Wärtsilä Ship Design has signed a contract to design and outfit a new Arctic Platform Supply Vessel (PSV), to be built at Kleven Verft shipyard for Norwegian shipowner REM Offshore.

The arctic weather conditions sweeping North American have caused heavy delays to shipping at some Canadian ports according to Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS).

The final investment decision has been taken on the Yamal LNG Project in Russia’s far north heralding the construction of up to 16 ice-class LNG carriers to transport natural gas from the plant.

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