Canadian navy preps for the perils of iceberg alley

Canadian navy preps for the perils of iceberg alley

The watch crew standing on the bridge of the HMCS Charlottetown hold on tight on Sept. 2 and brace themselves against the shock of...
Outdated navigational charts are an Arctic maritime disaster in the making

Outdated navigational charts are an Arctic maritime disaster in the making

On a July evening three years ago, the 380-foot Finnish icebreaker Fennica headed out from Dutch Harbor shortly before 11 p.m., bound for the...
Canada’s Navy hones its oil-spill response skills in Arctic waters

Canada’s Navy hones its oil-spill response skills in Arctic waters

When a crew member signals an alarm after spotting oil spilled aboard HMCS Charlottetown, marine engineer Ronald Low is one of the first people...
Federal regulators plan speedier review of Alaska gas project

Federal regulators plan speedier review of Alaska gas project

Environmental studies of plans for a natural gas pipeline running south from Alaska's Arctic, a project that has been proposed for decades, will require...
Churchill’s port, railway could soon reopen under new ownership

Churchill’s port, railway could soon reopen under new ownership

Churchill’s port and railway at may be back in service before the end of the year, following the purchase of this infrastructure by a...
As ice recedes, the Arctic isn’t prepared for more shipping traffic

As ice recedes, the Arctic isn’t prepared for more shipping traffic

I was aboard the 364-foot Russian research-cruise ship Akademik Ioffe when it came to a violent stop after grounding on a shoal in a...
Barentsburg aims to transform from a coal town into a gateway for Russia’s Arctic tourism

Barentsburg aims to transform from a coal town into a gateway...

For visitors, the Russian town on Norway’s Svalbard archipelago combines the contrasts of pristine Arctic beauty and Soviet style industry. Nowadays, however, Barentsburg is...
A decade on, a Greenland rare-earths mine is close to final approval

A decade on, a Greenland rare-earths mine is close to final...

A decision on whether to permit mining at one of the world’s largest deposits of rare-earth elements has moved to its final stage after...
Alaska uses new ‘SALSA’ program as sweetener for Arctic oil exploration

Alaska uses new ‘SALSA’ program as sweetener for Arctic oil exploration

When the state of Alaska holds its annual Arctic oil and gas lease sales later this year, officials will offer something new to pique...
Norway’s new oil minister says Lofoten moratorium remains in place

Norway’s new oil minister says Lofoten moratorium remains in place

OSLO — Norway's moratorium on oil exploration in the waters around the Arctic Lofoten-Vesteraalen-Senja archipelago will remain in place, the country's new oil minister Kjell-Boerge Freiberg...