Thursday, May 13, 2021

Arctic Circle News

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ABB Supporting Sustainable Arctic Shipping

High in the Arctic Circle lies the Northern Sea Route, one of the planet’s vital shipping arteries. It cuts a journey by almost a third compared to the southern route but it is passing through waters which are mostly frozen.The northern route connects east and west, allowing cargo to be transferred from northern Europe to northeast Asia, via the Bering Strait. It’s a 30% faster passage than the southern Europe-Asia alternative via the Suez Canal and is attractive to shipping companies, thanks to considerable fuel and emission savings.

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ABB Opens Marine Service Center in Russia

The new Marine Service Center builds on a decade of local ABB services in support of ice-going vessels and relies on a strong core of engineering expertise in Murmansk. In 2009, ABB’s engineers operating from smaller scale service facilities in Murmansk supported 15 vessels featuring the group’s equipment; in 2019, the number of ships has exceeded 50, with projects covering over 100 Azipod propulsion units. Responding to the needs of a growing customer base, ABB has expanded its service capabilities by opening a new…

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Yamal Project’s First Ice-going LNG Carrier Launched

The first of 15 ice-going LNG carriers for the Yamal project has been launched and is set to sail the arctic waters from Siberia to Europe and Asia. Built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in its Okpo South Korea yard, the new vessel, SCF Yamal, features three azimuthing thrusters from ABB and has been labeled the world’s most powerful LNG carrier. Booked in the first quarter of 2014, ABB secured the contract to supply electrical power and propulsion systems for the vessels…

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Marine Transmission Built Arctic Circle Tough

Bowhead Transport's newest addition to its fleet, M/V Unalaq, will service the Alaskan coast, north into the Beaufort Sea. Utilizing Twin Disc's MGX-5135 SC marine transmissions and EC300 Power Commander controls, the shallow-draft landing craft will bring much-needed supplies to this remote area. This includes small, isolated villages far above the Arctic Circle. Unalaq was built to function in Bowhead Transport's lighterage operations. The boat ferries cargo to and from an oceangoing barge offshore.

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MAN L16/24 GenSet Marks 3,000 Global Sales

First introduced in the 1990s, MAN Diesel describes its Turbo’s 16/24 GenSet as a proven workhorse that has been employed by a broad range of applications and whose continuous redesigns have kept it competitive. Mikael C. Jensen, Vice President and Head of Engineering for the Low-Speed Business Unit, MAN Diesel & Turbo said, “Since its first entry to the market two decades ago, the L16/24 has regularly been updated and kept pace with modern demands. The Mk. 2 package with valve guide arrangement has been standard for a couple of years for new buildings…

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MAN Sells Landmark 3,000 L16/24 Gensets

First introduced in the 1990s, MAN Diesel & Turbo’s 16/24 GenSet is a proven workhorse that has been employed by a broad range of applications and whose continuous re-designs have kept it competitive. Mikael C. Jensen, Vice President and Head of Engineering for the Low-Speed Business Unit, MAN Diesel & Turbo said: “Since its first entry to the market two decades ago, the L16/24 has regularly been updated and kept pace with modern demands. The Mk. 2 package with valve guide arrangement has been standard for a couple of years for new buildings, and is also now offered as retrofit package.

Depicted: The new icebreaker vessel under construction for Russia’s state shipping company Rosmorport FSUE.

ABB to Supply Key Equipment for Russian Icebreaker

ABB wins $35 million order for next generation icebreaker in Russia’s Arctic. Integrated propulsion and electrical systems to maximize performance and energy efficiency of icebreaker expected to operate in 2 meters of ice at minus 35 degrees Celsius Zurich, Switzerland, October 1, 2012 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, recently won an order worth $35 million from the Baltic Shipyard Ltd. to supply powerful propulsion and energy efficient electrical systems for a new icebreaker vessel under construction for Russia’s state shipping company Rosmorport FSUE.

Most Dangerous Ship in Europe Sails

Last voyage for Russian nuclear waste hulk 'Lepse' as she heads out of Murmansk Port for a lengthy decommissioning. Rosatomflot and Bellona have worked with many international partners and governments to develop a proper risk-assessment plan for a safe decommissioning of “Lepse” – and of course found funding for the work,” Frederic Hauge of the Bellona Fournation told the 'Barents Observer'. Getting “Lepse” safely out of Murmansk and decommissioned has been a high profile case for Europe’s nuclear safety cooperation with Russia in the north for nearly two decades.

“I think it important to remind everyone that the place is ice-covered – fully or partially – eight to 10 months out of the year through the century and beyond," Said Lawson W. Brigham, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Geography and Arctic Policy, University of Alaska – Fairbanks.

Arctic Route Helps Owners Slash Fuel Costs

The debate regarding working in and around the Arctic is multi-tiered, with environmental, technical and emergency response heading the list. There is no debate regarding the fuel, money and emissions to be saved by shortening select global shipping routes. In a report from Bloomberg news posted June 13 on http://www.businessweek.com, it was said there will be a rise in dry bulk cargos hauled through Arctic waters this season, a journey that can halve shipping time compared to some Suez Canal shipments, and simultaneously reduce fuel consumption, costs and emissions.