Sunday, December 8, 2019

Arctic Ocean News

The vessel at the North Pole (CREDIT Norwegian Coast Guard)

ABB Azipod Powered Vessel Reaches North Pole

Norwegian Coast Guard’s vessel KV Svalbard was on an international environmental research expedition when it became the first ever Azipod-powered ship to reach the North Pole.With its superior performance in the harshest of ice conditions, Azipod propulsion has become an industry standard for icegoing vessels, enabling vessels to cross the Northern Sea route independently. In late August 2019, Azipod propulsion has made history, driving a Norwegian Coast Guard icebreaker all the way to the North Pole.

Russia's icebreaker. Image: Rosatom State Atomi? Energy Corporation ROSATOM

China Builds 30,000-tonne Nuclear-Powered Ship

China is working to develop a 33,069-ton nuclear icebreaker, which would be even bigger than the epic nuclear-powered vessels built by Russia.South China Morning Post reported that while the purpose of the ship has not been specified, the plan is to have a 152-metre long, 32-metre wide and with a displacement of 30,000 tonnes.China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) has invited bids for the contract to build the vessel and it is described in the tender documents as an “experimental platform”.The deadline for interested parties to tender was Wednesday (yesterday)…

R/V Sikuliaq: Photo credit NSC –  Val Ihde Photography

NSF Launch Arctic Research Vessel

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announce launch of  'R/V Sikuliaq', a 'next-generation' global class research vessel. The NSC new-building project was in cooperation with the Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC) and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF). MMC is the Wisconsin shipyard that built the ship with funding provided by NSF through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. UAF's School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences will operate the ship as part of the U.S. academic research fleet.

Polarstern Backdrops Scientific Expedition: Photo credit Alfred Wegener Institute

Arctic Research Ship Scientists on Thin Ice

Return to Bremerhaven: The research vessel 'Polarstern' returns with new findings from the Central Arctic during the 2012 ice minimum. After a good two months. Since its departure from Tromsø (Norway) on 2 August 2012 Polarstern has travelled some 12,000 kilometres and conducted research at 306 stations. These included nine ice stations where the ship moored to an ice floe for several days to examine the ice, the water beneath it and the bottom of the sea. Many measurements were concerned with responses to the rapid retreat of the sea ice this summer.

Russian Researchers Design Multi-hull Icebreaker

Krylov Scientific Center introduce the Multi-Hulled Icebreaker concept to make Arctic ocean super-tanker transits a real possibility. According to the head of the marine researchlaboratory at the Krylov Scientific Center, Kirill Sazonov, one of the main objectives affecting development of hydrocarbon production at Russia's freezing sea shelf is the foundation of a sea transport system. Cost estimates show that such a system can be effective only if supertankers are used, however present-day icebreakers are not capable of breaking a wide enough way for these giant tankships.

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.

Arctic Row Team Member: Photo credit Arctic Row

Arctic 1,000-mile Rowing Boat Trip Ends

The 4-man American team 'Arctic Row' complete their epic voyage spanning Beaufort and Chucki Seas from Inuvik, Canada to Point Hope, Alaska. The team completed their journey at 1:46pm local time on Sunday, August 26th, 2012, having rowed more than 1,000 miles from Inuvik, Canada to Point Hope, AK over a period of 41 days. First Non-icerated boat past Barrow in 2012
-First non-stop and unsupported international row over 1000 miles in Arctic waters. First ocean row in the arctic to combine human power exploration and marine science.

Photo credit:antarctica.gov.au

Chinese Icebreaker Transits Northern Sea Route

The icebreaker 'Xuelong' made the Arctic Ocean passage from China through to Norwegian waters. The Chinese icebreaker completed the Arctic North-East Passage marking the first such voyage by a Chinese vessel and opening an Arctic route connecting the Pacific and the Atlantic for future Chinese science expeditions. In completing the voyage, the icebreaker Xuelong or Snow Dragon channeled through five marginal seas of the Arctic Ocean: the Chukchi Sea, the East Siberian Sea, the Laptev Sea, the Kaka Sea and the Barents Sea.

Wärtsilä: Catalytic Converters for Multipurpose Icebreakers

Wärtsilä was contracted by Finland-based Arctia Offshore Oy to carry out modification work to two of the company's vessels. The contract was signed in September 2011. The turnkey project involves the fitting of combined Wärtsilä NOx Reducer (NOR) and Oxidation Catalysts (OXI) to the MSV Fennica and MSV Nordica, both of which are multi-functional vessels based on a modified icebreaker design. The ships will also be converted to enable the use of Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel fuel. When this conversion work is completed…