Category: Arctic Today

Russian nuclear-powered container ship sets off for 1st voyage with Arctic LNG cargo

Russian nuclear-powered container ship sets off for 1st voyage with Arctic LNG cargo

ARKHANGELSK, March 21. /TASS/. The nuclear-powered container ship Sevmorput has departed from the port of Arkhangelsk in north Russia to embark on its first voyage to deliver cargo for the Arctic LNG-2 (Liquefied Natural Gas-2) project, the press office of the Rosatomflot nuclear-powered fleet operator said on Thursday. “On March 21, the nuclear-powered container ship Sevmorput left the sea port of Arkhangelsk towards the Gydan Peninsula. There are over 25,000 freight items of heterogeneous general cargo for the Arctic LNG-2 project,” the statement says. The Sevmorput will deliver the output of Russian enterprises – pipes, metal frameworks, containers and building machinery. “The transition from Arkhangelsk…

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Yakutia to present investment projects at Arctic forum

Yakutia to present investment projects at Arctic forum

YAKUTSK, March 21. /TASS/. Yakutia will present potential investment projects and will share experience in implemented cases at the Arctic: Territory of Dialogue forum in St. Petersburg on April 9-10, the regional government’s head, Vladimir Solodov, told reporters on Thursday. “The Arctic is one of our priorities,” he said. “We are preparing Yakutia’s exhibition booth at the forum, where, among others, we shall present investment projects, Arctic tourism and the projects, which already work successfully, for example, the windfarm project in the Arctic.” “I believe, this experience is interesting to use in other regions,” he added. According to the official, Yakutia will present at the…

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Northern Sea Route’s development named as key topic on Arctic forum’s agenda

Northern Sea Route’s development named as key topic on Arctic forum’s agenda

TASS, March 21. Development of the Northern Sea Route (NSR) will be a key topic on agenda of the Arctic: Territory of Dialogue forum in St. Petersburg on April 9-10, Presidential Plenipotentiary in the Far Eastern Federal District and Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Trutnev told reporters on Wednesday. “Practical efforts to develop the Northern Sea Route will take a big part of the forum’s agenda,” he said in response to a question about the Arctic forum’s program. NSR’s development is a key driver of the Arctic development, he continued. “The current projects, first of all those by the Novatek company, require the Northern Sea Route…

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Snowmobile expedition team gets to Russia’s northernmost city

Snowmobile expedition team gets to Russia’s northernmost city

KRASNOYARSK, March 21. /TASS/. The team of the Northern Path 2019 expedition on snowmobiles reached Pevek (the Chukotka Region) – Russia’s northernmost city, the project’s coordinator Igor Smolin told TASS on Wednesday. The expedition of 17,000km, which started from Murmansk on January 11, crosses Russia’s eight regions. “The trip to Pevek was fine, the travelers have covered about 10,500km,” he said. “The forecast for tomorrow says the wind will be milder, and the team plans to move further on along the shore – to Billings, the Cape Schmidt, and to Uelen – the easternmost settlement on the Bering Strait.” Later on, the route will take…

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Nuclear-powered container ship may deliver export consignments to China

Nuclear-powered container ship may deliver export consignments to China

© Lev Fedoseyev/TASS TASS, March 20. The Sevmorput container carrier, owned by Russia’s nuclear fleet authority, Atomflot, is the only nuclear-powered cargo vessel, which may be used to deliver export consignments from the Arkhangelsk port to China and to bring fish from the Far East to Russia’s European part, press service of the Arkhangelsk Region’s governor said following a meeting between Governor Igor Orlov and Atomflot’s Director General Mustafa Kashka on Tuesday. “Specialists collect applications from producers, including on fish deliveries from the Far East,” the press service said. “On return voyages, the ship could deliver products, which the Arkhangelsk Region exports to China.” According to…

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Arctic: Territory of Dialogue forum to focus on municipalities’ development

Arctic: Territory of Dialogue forum to focus on municipalities’ development

ST. PETERSBURG, March 20. /TASS/. Development of municipalities in the Russian Arctic zone, higher living standards and infrastructure projects will be on agenda of the Arctic: Territory of Dialogue international forum, due in St. Petersburg on April 9-10, the event’s organizer, Roscongress, said on Tuesday. The discussion will be organized as the forum’s separate event, dubbed the 2nd Arctic Municipalities Forum. It is a “platform for leaders of rural and urban municipalities from the Arctic and for the heads of federal ministries, departments, and companies to address important issues concerning the social development of Arctic territories,” the organizer said. The forum participants will also focus…

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Small, medium businesses development on Arctic forum’s agenda

Small, medium businesses development on Arctic forum’s agenda

MOSCOW, March 19. Participants in the Arctic: Territory of Dialogue international forum in St. Petersburg will discuss support for small and medium businesses in the region, the event’s organizer, Roscongress, said. The business program “includes a special session on the development of small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in the Russian Arctic regions,” the organizer’s press service said in a statement, published on Monday. “The session ‘Small Business, Big Potential’ is supported by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation. The participants of the event are to discuss the particularities of running small and medium businesses in the Arctic region, which should be considered…

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How to endure winter if your neighbors are polar bears

How to endure winter if your neighbors are polar bears

MOSCOW, March 19. /TASS/ When a student at the Northern Arctic Federal University, Andrei Kunnikov could not imagine he would head a polar station and that lessons in high-latitude Arctic Geography would be outside classrooms, right in the Russian Arctic national park. He has been working for recent seven years on the Hooker Island, the Franz Josef Land Archipelago, far beyond the Polar Circle. There, he manages the polar station, welcomes tourists and gets along with polar bears. Edge of light Franz Josef Land is a true edge of light: first of all, figuratively, it is Russia’s and Eurasia’s northernmost land, and, secondly, the polar…

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How to pass winter if your neighbors are polar bears

How to pass winter if your neighbors are polar bears

MOSCOW, March 19. /TASS/ When a student at the Northern Arctic Federal University, Andrei Kunnikov could not imagine he would head a polar station and that lessons in high-latitude Arctic Geography would be outside classrooms, right in the Russian Arctic national park. He has been working for recent seven years on the Hooker Island, the Franz Josef Land Archipelago, far beyond the Polar Circle. There, he manages the polar station, welcomes tourists and gets along with polar bears. Edge of light Franz Josef Land is a true edge of light: first of all, figuratively, it is Russia’s and Eurasia’s northernmost land, and, secondly, the polar…

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Russian scientists to participate in expedition around Greenland

Russian scientists to participate in expedition around Greenland

ST. PETERSBURG, March 15. /TASS/. Russia’s research vessel The Akademik Treshnikov in later summer – early autumn, 2019, will participate in the GLACE expedition (GreenLAnd Circumnavigation Expedition) around Greenland, the Arctic and Antarctic Studies Institute’s Director Alexander Makarov told TASS on Thursday. “The Akademik Treshnikov will go around Greenland,” he said. “For our scientists Greenland is a not a traditional area, thus we are happy to have the opportunity to work there.” “The expedition will begin from Reykjavik in August,” he added. On board the vessel, 44 scientists from around the work will work on about 15 research projects. The projects are related to physics,…

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International Arctic forum to focus on global shipbuilding’s developments

International Arctic forum to focus on global shipbuilding’s developments

MOSCOW, March 13. /TASS/. Recent achievements in shipbuilding will be on agenda of the Arctic: Territory of Dialogue international forum, due in St. Petersburg on April 9-10, the event’s organizer, Roscongress, said in a press release, published on Tuesday. “Participants will learn about achievements in the industry and also conduct serious work on innovative projects that will help make a breakthrough in Russian shipbuilding,” the document quoted Adviser to the Russian President Anton Kobyakov as saying. The session will feature among others United Shipbuilding Corporation’s (USC) President Alexei Rakhmanov. “Another session at the International Arctic Forum will be devoted to the production and use of…

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Arctic still warming, Russia’s state weather service warns

Arctic still warming, Russia’s state weather service warns

MOSCOW, March 13. /TASS/. The Arctic tends to experience amplified warming, which, in particular, affects the mass of sea ice in the region, the Russian Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring Federal Service said in a report on climate change in Russia in 2018. “In the Northern polar region, the year of 2018 was very warm, the second warmest on record since 1936, as the yearly average temperature amounted to 2.5 degrees [Celsius] above zero. In 2018, the monthly minimal volume of sea ice, documented in September, came to 4.57 million square kilometers, compared to 4.62 million square kilometers in 2017,” says the report released by the…

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Fish handling at Murmansk port drops to 7,400 tonnes in February

Fish handling at Murmansk port drops to 7,400 tonnes in February

MURMANSK, March 14. /TASS/. The Murmansk Marine Fishing Port in February handled 7,400 tonnes of fish against 22,000 tonnes a year earlier, the port’s press service said on Thursday. The decline began in January, when the port handled only 5,500 tonnes, which is 47% of fish handled a year earlier. One of the reasons, the press service said, is that producers had preferred working in export directions. At the same time, the Murmansk Marine Fish Port expects the situation will change in March. “We do not lose hope the government’s order will begin working,” the press service said. “Under the order, from January 1 all…

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Kola mining and metallurgical company uses 3D models of its mines

Kola mining and metallurgical company uses 3D models of its mines

MURMANSK, March 14. /TASS/. A geology-mining information system to make 3D models of mines, which is based on geology exploration data, began working at the Severnyi mine of the Kola Mining and Metallurgical Company (Kola MMC, a part of Nornickel). According to the company’s press service, investments in the project made 76 million rubles ($1.16 million). “The mine’s geology model shows positions of layers and ore bodies, gives information about the mineral’s characteristics,” the press service said. By using this model, the company upgrades the work – it produces ore in necessary quantities, observing all technology and safety requirements, thus raising the work’s effectiveness. In…

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Natural Resources Ministry estimates investments in Arctic logistics to 2030

Natural Resources Ministry estimates investments in Arctic logistics to 2030

MOSCOW, March 13. /TASS/. Russia’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment sent to the government a plan on development of the Arctic’s mineral and logistics potentials, estimating extra-budgetary resources to 2030 at about 10.5 trillion rubles ($160 billion), the ministry said on Wednesday. The plan includes 118 projects to develop the Arctic zone’s mineral base. Under the business-as-usual scenario, the cargo flow in the Arctic may be about 60 million tonnes by 2024. In case of a breakthrough development, transportation of mineral resources cargo only along the Northern Sea Route may hit the level of 77 million tonnes. At the same time, the main cargos…

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International Arctic forum to focus on global shipbuilding’s developments

International Arctic forum to focus on global shipbuilding’s developments

MOSCOW, March 13. /TASS/. Recent achievements in shipbuilding will be on agenda of the Arctic: Territory of Dialogue international forum, due in St. Petersburg on April 9-10, the event’s organizer, Roscongress, said in a press release, published on Tuesday. “Participants will learn about achievements in the industry and also conduct serious work on innovative projects that will help make a breakthrough in Russian shipbuilding,” the document quoted Adviser to the Russian President Anton Kobyakov as saying. The session will feature among others United Shipbuilding Corporation’s (USC) President Alexei Rakhmanov. “Another session at the International Arctic Forum will be devoted to the production and use of…

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Arctic still warming, Russia’s state weather service warns

Arctic still warming, Russia’s state weather service warns

MOSCOW, March 13. /TASS/. The Arctic tends to experience amplified warming, which, in particular, affects the mass of sea ice in the region, the Russian Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring Federal Service said in a report on climate change in Russia in 2018. “In the Northern polar region, the year of 2018 was very warm, the second warmest on record since 1936, as the yearly average temperature amounted to 2.5 degrees [Celsius] above zero. In 2018, the monthly minimal volume of sea ice, documented in September, came to 4.57 million square kilometers, compared to 4.62 million square kilometers in 2017,” says the report released by the…

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Expert: Trans Arctic 2019 is the largest expedition in recent 30 years

Expert: Trans Arctic 2019 is the largest expedition in recent 30 years

VLADIVOSTOK, March 12. /TASS/. The Trans Arctic 2019 expedition, which will involve four research vessels, will be the biggest Arctic scientific expedition in recent 30 years, the Far East’s Hydrometeorology Studies Institute’s Acting Director Alexander Dunayev said in an interview with TASS on Tuesday. The expedition, which will continue to autumn, will consist of four stages. Scientists will study the Russian Arctic seas. Earlier, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev inked an order to allocate almost 870 million rubles ($13 million) for the studies. “We are happy to see the recovering state monitoring, including in the Far East seas,” the scientist said. “This work to monitor the…

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Wind farm in Yakutia passes Arctic winter test

Wind farm in Yakutia passes Arctic winter test

YAKUTSK, March 12. /TASS/. Four months of the wind farm’s work in northern Yakutia’s Tiksi proved the equipment is effective in extremely low temperatures, Russia’s hydroelectricity company, RusHydro, told reporters on Tuesday. The wind farm of Komaihaltec’s three wind turbines with the capacity of 900 kW was launched in November, 2018. Presently, the wind farm works in the settlement along with the local diesel electric plant. “The wind farm, made by RusHydro jointly with the Japanese counterparts in the Arctic settlement of Tiksi, has demonstrated high effectiveness and reliability in the severe Arctic climate conditions,” the company’s press service said. “In winter 2018-2019, air temperatures…

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The Professor Multanovskiy research vessel to begin Trans Arctic expedition in mid-2019

The Professor Multanovskiy research vessel to begin Trans Arctic expedition in mid-2019

© Lev Fedoseev/TASS VLADIVOSTOK, March 11. /TASS/. The Trans Arctic 2019 expedition’s part, involving the Professor Multanovskiy research vessel, is scheduled to begin on July 10-15, 2019, the Far East’s Hydrometeorology Studies Institute’s Acting Director Alexander Dunayev told TASS on Monday. The expedition, which will continue to autumn, will have four stages. Scientists will study the Russian Arctic seas. Earlier, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev inked an order to allocate almost 870 million rubles ($13 million) for the studies. “We have agreed on the dates the expedition will begin,” the official said. “The vessel will leave Vladivostok on July 10-15.” “Presently, the team is being formed, and…

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Costal territories, sustainable development top Arctic Forum’s agenda

Costal territories, sustainable development top Arctic Forum’s agenda

MOSCOW, March 6. /TASS/. Key topics of the upcoming Arctic: Territory of Dialogue forum, due in St. Petersburg on April 9-10, will be Costal Territories, Open Ocean and Sustainable Development, the event’s organizer, Roscongress, said in a press release on Tuesday. “The business program for the International Arctic Forum 2019 includes a wide range of events. Together, they cover every key topic which requires careful attention in order to make a breakthrough in achieving regional development in the Arctic. The programme includes sessions on increasing international economic cooperation, modernizing key industrial enterprises, social issues, and environment and climate protection,” the press service quoted Advisor to…

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Two Russian universities open joint Master Degree program for Arctic

Two Russian universities open joint Master Degree program for Arctic

YAKUTSK, March 4. /TASS/. Russia’s North-Eastern and Northern (Arctic) Federal Universities will open in autumn, 2019 a joint Master Degree program in Advertising and Public Relations to train specialists in the Arctic conditions, the North-Eastern Federal University’s press service told reporters on Monday. “The federal universities plan a Master program in Advertising and Public Relations. We want to access a scientific level of cooperation under the program – so that we are not limited by academic approach,” the press service quoted the University’s Head of Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations Department Olga Votintseva as saying. Head of the Master program Oksana Salnikova told TASS the…

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Scenic villages in Arkhangelsk Region are included in a new tourist route

Scenic villages in Arkhangelsk Region are included in a new tourist route

ARKHANGELSK, March 4. /TASS/. Experts from Russia’s association of most beautiful villages and towns will present in the Arkhangelsk Region a new tourist route to most scenic villages and will test the Arkhangelsk part of the route, the regional government said on its website on Monday. “On March 6-15, we expect another visit to the Arkhangelsk Region of experts from Russia’s association of most beautiful villages and towns and from France’s Taiga – Europe association,” the website reads. “During the visit, the experts will test the Arkhangelsk part of the route.” According to the press service, during the visit the experts will go to the…

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Russian scientists plan expedition with National Geographic to Severnaya Zemlya

Russian scientists plan expedition with National Geographic to Severnaya Zemlya

ARKHANGELSK, March 4. /TASS/. Russia’s Northern branch of the hydro-meteorology service (UGMS) jointly with the National Geographic magazine plans an expedition to Severnaya Zemlya. The expedition will be on board the Professor Molchanov scientific vessel, the hydro-meteorology service’s head, Roman Yershov, told TASS on Monday. “On board the Professor Molchanov we plan an expedition to Severnaya Zemlya,” he said. “The expedition is organized jointly with National Geographic with Enric Sala.” The expedition is planned for late August – September, 2019, he continued. “It will be similar to the expedition of 2013 to Franz Josef Land, a complex expedition, but this time it will be to…

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Nizhny Novgorod, Yamal agree cooperation on industrial projects

Nizhny Novgorod, Yamal agree cooperation on industrial projects

YEKATERINBURG, March 1. /TASS/. The Nizhny Novgorod Region confirmed it would supply to the Yamalo-Nenets Region river vessels and gas liquefying equipment, Yamal’s governmental press service said on Friday. Yamal’s Governor Dmitry Artyukhov at a meeting with the Nizhny Novgorod Region’s Governor Gleb Nikitin discussed how the regions would cooperate in various industrial sectors and signed a protocol of intention on development of cooperation between the regions. “The document, among other aspects, mentions that the Nizhny Novgorod Region will supply vessels to Yamal, and in addition to that, the parties have agreed that the region will supply equipment for natural gas liquefying under the LNG…

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Winners of Nornickel’s international competition to visit Winter Universiade in Siberia

Winners of Nornickel’s international competition to visit Winter Universiade in Siberia

KRASNOYARSK, February 28. /TASS/. Winners of the Follow up Siberia international completion, organized by the Nornickel Company – the general partner of the Winter Universiade due on March 2-12 – will visit the sports tournaments, Director of the company’s Project Office Yana Grib told TASS on Wednesday. “Nine winners of the competition will arrive in Krasnoyarsk on March 1,” she said, adding the competition, which had five stages, was organized for the first time specially before the student games. Its objective is to present Siberia’s culture and life to people from other countries, she explained. The competition, in which any person, including from abroad, could…

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Murmansk Region steps up fish export

Murmansk Region steps up fish export

MURMANSK, February 27. /TASS/. The Murmansk Region’s fish industry in 2018 stepped up fish export by 2.5% to 190,000 tonnes and added new items to the export product line, press service of the local agricultural authority said. “In 2018, more than 190,000 tonnes of sea products were exported from Russia, where the year-on-year growth made 2.5%,” the press service said. The biggest share – more than 182,000 tonnes, or 96% – was exported to the EU countries and China. Besides, fish products are exported to Norway, Japan, the US, Nigeria, and from 2018 also to Iceland and South Korea. Traditionally exported are cod, haddock, perch,…

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Russian government finances Arctic scientific expedition

Russian government finances Arctic scientific expedition

MOSCOW, February 26. /TASS/. Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev inked an order to allocate 868.75 million rubles ($13.2 million) to finance the Trans-Arctic 2019 scientific expedition, which will research and monitor the Arctic environment. The expedition will involve four research vessels of the national hydrometeorology authority, Roshydromet, the order reads. “The allocated funds are for complex scientific research and state monitoring of the Arctic environment, where Roshydromet’s four scientific-research and expedition vessels will be used,” the government’s website quoted the official document, published on Tuesday. The Mikhail Somov expedition vessel and the Professor Multanovskiy will monitor state and pollution in the Russian Arctic seas en…

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New snowmobiles for Arctic to be made in Yaroslavl Region

New snowmobiles for Arctic to be made in Yaroslavl Region

YAROSLAVL, February 25. /TASS/. The Russkaya Mekhanika (Russian Mechanics, RM) Company started producing in the Yaroslavl Region new-generation RM Vector 551i snowmobiles, equipped for working in conditions of the Arctic and Far North, the company’s Press Secretary Lyudmila Filippova told TASS on Monday. “The company has started making new-generation snowmobiles RM 551i, which can work in the complicated climate conditions of the Arctic and Far North,” she said. “The Industry Development Fund has offered a soft loan for the project’s implementation.” The Fund issued a loan of 24.5 million rubles ($375 thousand) for equipment and another 10.5 million rubles ($161 thousand) were lent by the…

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Nornickel’s volunteers go to Krasnoyarsk to work at Universiade

Nornickel’s volunteers go to Krasnoyarsk to work at Universiade

KRASNOYARSK, February 25. /TASS/. The first group of Nornickel’s volunteers went from Norilsk to Krasnoyarsk to work there at the Winter Universiade, the company said in on Monday. The event is scheduled for March 2-12, 2019. Nornickel is the Universiade’s general partner. “The first group of 36 volunteers has left for Krasnoyarsk’s Yemelyanovo airport on February 25,” the company said. At first, the volunteers will receive initial instructions, will see the venues, and on February 28 they will attend the dress rehearsal of the Games’ opening ceremony. The total of 110 volunteers from Norilsk, including Nornickel’s employees, will go to Krasnoyarsk. The youngest volunteer, who…

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