Gulf Island Shipyards to build icebreaking tug

OCTOBER, 21, 2017—Gulf Island Shipyards, Houma, LA, has been awarded an $18.14 million contract to build an ice class, Z-drive tug for the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC). The multi-purpose tug

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Weathernews beefs up polar routing capabilities

It’s one more indicator that one effect of climate chang will be to see more commercial shipping activities in the arctic.

The Global Ice Center (GIC) at Weathernews says that the northeast passage along the Russian coast has been open to shipping traffic since August 18, and the northwest passage across North America has been opened from September 1, making this year the first since 2013  that both passages have been open .

The GIC defines “open” as conditions free of ice in all passages, based on satellite observation

The northeast passage is expected to stay open until early October, with the northwest passage closing by late September, thus making it possible for commercial vessels to enter the icy region.

This year, ice in the Arctic Sea is melting at a fast pace, already reaching the third-lowest extent observed in the two routes, However, information available on conditions in two northern sea routes is still scarce, so Weathernews is planning the launch of the WNISAT-1R satellite.


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Great Lakes dry bulk cargo surges in May

JUNE 22, 2015—U.S.-flag Great Lakes carriers had a bit sunny outlook in May then they had the same time a year ago. That’s because lakers moved 10.8 million tons of dry-bulk cargo

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Rolls-Royce propulsion package picked for Polar ship

MARCH 27, 2015 — Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract by shipbuilder Fincantieri to supply a fully integrated propulsion system for Norway’s new Polar Research Vessel, which will carry out significant environmental

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Polar Star frees fishing vessel trapped in ice

FEBRUARY 15, 2015—On Friday evening, February 14, the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard heavy icebreaker Polar Star freed the Australian-flagged fishing vessel Antarctic Chieftain from ice some 900 miles northwest of

Ice hits Great Lakes coal shipments

MAY 29, 2014 — The Lakes Carriers Association says that ice formation the likes of which had not been seen since 1994 dramatically slowed coal shipments on the Great Lakes in April.