Cold Transits Heat Up

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Jun 112014

arcticOver the past four years annual Polar transits have increased from a mere four to more than 60, says the Swedish Club,  and there is no sign it will slacken off. While the shipping industry is taking climate change in its stride even minor incidents while have potentially major impacts, both on the environment and politically,  yet there is no internationally agreed polar code, or regime, for ice navigation.

Ice navigation requires a very special skills set to avoid accidents and help and incident mitigation will be difficult given polar conditions. Navigation equipment such as compasses and charts can be unreliable at these latitudes and radar returns may be misleading – aircraft have crashed when relying on radar to determine height, for instance.  Yet as longer ice-free summers and increased offshore operations focus attention on the polar regions, transits to and from the Arctic ports are set to increase significantly.

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Ice Cold In Azov

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Nov 222009

image November marks the beginning of the 2009/2010 Azov Sea ice season and Azov Lloyd Pandi Services has warned that in recent years a growing number of accidents and casualties have occurred in the Azov sea in ice conditions, from a substantial hull damage to a constructive total loss.

The Azov sea freezes annually and the ice season lasts up to 4-5 months from
November to March. Says Azovlloyd’s managing director, Alexander Nikityuk, “We would like to emphasize the most characteristic features of such navigation:

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Antarctic Explorer – Too Hard, Too Fast

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Aug 032009

Explorer, the 2,400 gross tonnes cruiseship which sank in the Bransfield Strait, South Shetlands, on 27 November 2007 with 154 passengers and crew aboard was travelling too fast in ice that was harder than the master expected, says the official report from the Liberian report on the incident. The master and crew were ‘recognised’ for their actions in the evacuation of the vessel.

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