• 2018 March 15 09:49

    Arctic Council will gather in Levi, Finland on 22-23 March 2018

    On 22-23 March 2018, the Arctic Council will gather in Levi, Finland for the second Senior Arctic Officials’ meeting held during the Chairmanship of Finland (2017-2019). This meeting brings together representatives from the eight Arctic States, the six indigenous Permanent Participant organizations, six Working Groups, and over 30 Observer states and organizations.

    The Council’s priority themes during the Chairmanship of Finland are environmental protection, connectivity, meteorological cooperation, and education.

    At this meeting, the Arctic Council will address the issues of meteorological cooperation and connectivity, both critical in the Arctic. Experts from the Council’s six Working Groups, as well as leaders from the World Meteorological Organization and from the national meteorological institutes of Finland, Iceland, and Russia will all contribute to the discussion on meteorological cooperation.

    At the same time, the World Meteorological Organization will be hosting an Arctic Meteorological Summit in Levi, which brings together its major stakeholders to discuss cooperation in the Arctic.

    During the conversation on connectivity, experts in health, telecommunications, satellite technology, and other fields will bring their perspectives before the Council members.

    The Council’s six Working Groups will also provide updates on their work as they make progress towards the next Arctic Council Ministerial meeting, which will take place in Rovaniemi, Finland in early May 2019.

    Speaking about the agenda for the meeting in Levi, Ambassador Aleksi Härkönen, the Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials, said: “Our upcoming meeting in Levi is another opportunity to make progress in these important areas of cooperation – meteorology and connectivity. It will be an important opportunity to share knowledge, research, and experience with partners in other spheres. It goes without saying that I also look forward to welcoming the Council’s members and Observers from around the world to Arctic Finland at a beautiful time of year.”

    The Council will also look forward to a fall packed with events including the Arctic Environment Ministers Meeting 11-12 October 2018, Arctic Biodiversity Congress (9-11 October 2018), Arctic Resilience Forum (10-11 September 2018), and Model Arctic Council (29 October – 2 November 2018).

    Established in 1996, the Arctic Council is at the forefront of Arctic cooperation. In its first 21 years it has become the most important body for promoting a positive agenda and coordinating joint action on all vital issues in the region. The Council is presently at work on a long-term strategic plan, the first of its kind for the Council as a whole.

    The Arctic Council focuses on issues of sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic.

    The Council holds Senior Arctic Officials’ meetings roughly every six months, and Ministerial meetings roughly every two years. The next Ministerial meeting will take place in spring of 2019.

    The Finnish Chairmanship runs from 2017-2019, after which Iceland will assume the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council.

    The eight Arctic States are Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, the Russian Federation, Sweden, and the United States.

    The six indigenous Permanent Participant organizations are the Aleut International Association, the Arctic Athabaskan Council, the Gwich’In Council International, the Inuit Circumpolar Council, the Saami Council, and RAIPON – the Russian Association of Indigenous People of the North.




2018 October 17

10:37 Damen Shipyards Galati hands over 74-metre fishery research vessel to Angolan government
10:27 Maritime Arctic Competence Center opens in Saint-Petersburg
09:42 KN invests in environmental protection measures
09:20 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,578 points

2018 October 16

18:33 Maersk Line announces new FAK rates from Mediterranean to West and Central Asia
18:03 ABS holds two seminars at the 58th Genoa International Boat Show
17:55 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in 9M’18 grew by 5% Y-o-Y to 10.65 million tonnes
17:36 Wärtsilä opens the first International Maritime Cyber Centre of Excellence in the world
17:03 CMA CGM announces Overweight Surcharge on Asia and India to Africa trades
16:56 Wärtsilä launches Acceleration Centre in Singapore and partners with MPA and PSA Marine to develop IntelliTug
16:40 Throughput of port Vyborg in 9M’18 up 22% Y-o-Y to 1.33 million tonnes
16:21 Throughput of port Primorsk in 9M’18 fell by 11% Y-o-Y to 39.80 million tonnes
16:03 Höegh LNG announces amendment of the Höegh Gallant time charter
15:44 LUKOIL starts construction of facilities at Rakushechnoye field
15:22 Throughput of port Vysotsk in 9M’18 climbed by 6% Y-o-Y to 13.69 million tonnes
15:03 Avatar Logistics initiates cooperation with Sand & Grus AB Jehander and buys the vessel MS Jehander
14:41 Throughput of port Ust-Luga in 9M’18 declined by 5% Y-o-Y to 72.38 million tonnes
14:20 CMA CGM announces GRR from Far East to West Africa
14:03 Lithuanian Railways, Metrans and the Port of Hamburg strengthen relations
13:52 Throughput of Port St. Petersburg up 12% to 44.22 million tonnes in 9M’18
13:06 Scorpio Bulkers announces update on scrubbers
12:39 Project 22800 small missile ship Burya to be floated out on 23 October
12:13 Rolls-Royce and Intel announce autonomous ship collaboration
11:55 The Port of Riga outlines a vision for future development of Spilve Meadows
11:31 Ørsted selects GeoSea for Borssele 1 & 2 foundation and turbine transport and installation
11:14 Jan De Nul will dredge access channel to Guayaquil Port
11:11 RF Navy’s Baltic Fleet detachment completed tasks in Mediterranean Sea
10:59 Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam celebrates 70 years and bids farewell to director Frits van Dongen
10:50 Detachment of RF Navy's Pacific Fleet completes visit to Republic of Korea
10:28 WMU holds needs assessment workshop in Jordan
10:02 Brent Crude futures price up 0.31% to $81.03, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.11% to $71.86
09:43 IMO ​pushing forward with tackling greenhouse gas emissions
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,584 points

2018 October 15

18:23 MOL joins hands with partners to launch FOCUS project
17:59 Moscow to host a conference on construction of LNG-powered and LNG bunker ships on October 24
17:46 Algoma announces cancellation of Croatian newbuilds contracts
17:05 Klaveness Combination Carriers AS registered on NOTC
16:56 Tall ships arrive at Port of Ipswich as part of 'Race of the Classics'
16:37 Coast Guard ends search after plane crash victims bodies are located
16:20 Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard delivers 8,140 DWT Pola Fiva, fifth dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59
16:04 DNV GL leads consortium to update Carbon Trust Floating LiDAR Roadmap
15:34 East Mediterranean projects take steps towards adoption of alternative fuels
15:04 NYK approves Japan Climate Action Summit declaration
14:51 Wärtsilä LNG solutions featured on environmentally advanced cruise ship
14:35 Coast Guard sets port condition X-ray in Georgia, South Carolina
14:17 Andrey Shunin appointed as General Director of Caspian Energy Management
13:28 Cooperation for sustainable shipping in the Mediterranean
12:41 ACL christens its newest G4 vessel, the Atlantic Sun
12:13 Kongsberg Digital and KPMG launch new complete cybersecurity partnership for the maritime industry
11:55 Nevsky Shipyard took part in Offshore Marintec Russia
11:19 ABS leads industry discussion on digitization, safety and compliance
11:12 New shipping route links Gdansk and Scandinavia
10:51 Port of Gdansk considered as transport hub for Slovakia
10:29 Brent Crude futures price up 1.21% to $81.4, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.04% to $72.08
10:10 Tuco Marine Group to build a multipurpose first responder boat for Hovedstadens Beredskab I/S
09:53 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,579 points
09:34 Gazprom and Shell discuss next steps in Baltic LNG project
09:15 Throughput of port Helsinki (Finland) in 9M'18 up 8.4% Y-o-Y to 11.38 million tonnes (table)
08:07 PIL terminates all calls to Iran due to US sanctions
07:06 ChainPORT hackathon held for the first time simultaneously in the ports of Antwerp and Los Angeles