MOSAiC expedition relief ships arrive in Svalbard to await the Polarstern

MOSAiC expedition relief ships arrive in Svalbard to await the Polarstern

Scientists and researchers from around the world spent five years planning the $155 million MOSAiC expedition during which the Polarstern research vessel would drift enclosed...
US Coast Guard prepares for annual Arctic operations, but with coronavirus precautions

US Coast Guard prepares for annual Arctic operations, but with coronavirus...

The U.S. Coast Guard will conduct its seasonal Arctic Alaska operations this summer and fall, despite the coronavirus pandemic, leaders said last week.But the...
A massive Arctic natural gas pipeline project in Alaska just got federal approval

A massive Arctic natural gas pipeline project in Alaska just got...

A federal agency has approved a plan to build a massive pipeline project to ship natural gas from Alaska’s North Slope to markets.The Federal...
Why Russia could soon emphasize a more expansive Arctic shipping corridor

Why Russia could soon emphasize a more expansive Arctic shipping corridor

Until now, the Northern Sea Route has been the main reference point in Russian Arctic shipping. That route includes the waters between archipelago of...
Svalbard’s entire expedition cruise season could be in jeopardy

Svalbard’s entire expedition cruise season could be in jeopardy

The 2020 summer cruise season, from June to August, was supposed to be an all-time high for expedition cruising to Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, some...
Canada moves to bar most pleasure craft from Arctic waters

Canada moves to bar most pleasure craft from Arctic waters

First cruise ships were banned from Canadian Arctic waters for the 2020 season to prevent the spread of COVID-19.Now most pleasure craft have also been...
The coronavirus pandemic has shortened CCGS Amundsen’s Arctic research season

The coronavirus pandemic has shortened CCGS Amundsen’s Arctic research season

The CCGS Amundsen, Canada’s preeminent research icebreaker, will be plying Arctic waters again this coming summer, but its season will be shorter and will...
The season’s first Russian LNG convoy is sailing the Northern Sea Route — a month earlier than usual

The season’s first Russian LNG convoy is sailing the Northern Sea...

This year's first eastbound shipment of LNG from Russia's Arctic to China along the Northern Sea Route has departed more than a month earlier...
Murmansk gains status as a special economic zone

Murmansk gains status as a special economic zone

The federal Ministry of the Far East and Arctic last week officially approved Murmansk as a region of prioritized development. The new status includes...
As Arctic ice thins and melts, more of it will travel between nations — bringing pollution with it

As Arctic ice thins and melts, more of it will travel...

As Arctic sea ice melts, broken pieces are carried by winds and currents between the ocean territories of the circumpolar nations. Future melt will...