• 2017 December 15 23:12

    Russia and USA filed first ever joint note with IMO on shipping in Bering Strait and Bering Sea

    The Russian Federation and the USA have filed the first ever joint note to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on the system of shipping in the Arctic – in the Bering Strait and in the Bering Sea. The document is available at the website of IMO.

    The two countries suggest designating in the Bering Strait and at the approaches two-way shipping lanes open for free passage of vessels flying the flag of any state. In particular, it is suggested to arrange the traffic of ships sailing in the Bering Strait and between the coasts of Russia and the USA in the Bering Sea so that to decrease the risk of collision by separating opposite-direction flows and to prevent/reduce the risk of pollution or other damage to marine environment.

    Maritime boundary between the USA and Russia runs along the Bering Strait under a treaty on delimitation line of maritime spaces signed by the United States and the USSR on 1 June 1990. The agreement has not yet been ratified by the Russian Parliament.

    The boundary line can impose certain restrictions on free commercial navigation, especially in the direction of the Northern Sea Route, revival of which is a strategic task of the Russian Federation, particularly for Europe-Asia transit shipping.

    Since the legal status of the Bering Strait has not yet been defined by a particular international convention, both states are inclined to recognize it as a strait used for international shipping. International straits are covered by the provisions of Part III of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982). Specific character of the situation is determined by the fact that many countries including the Russian Federation are the parties to UNCLOS 1982 while the USA is not.

    Analyses of the data on transit of vessels via the Bering Strait and the Bering Sea shows that the Bering Strait is used by both civil ships (cargo ships and fishing vessels as well as special ships for offshore operation, etc.) and warships. Most of cargo ships carry dry bulk cargo with the number of large capacity ships carrying oil and containers growing from year to year. Navigation is getting more and more intense every year with clear flows of vessels on the Russian and American sides of the Bering Strait.

    The joint proposal submitted by Russia and the USA to IMO provides for designating a two-way route offering relatively straight and efficient lanes with reduced number of turns and crossings and with the maximum distance from the coast as well as ecological and cultural zones.

    The designation of two-way routes will ensure availability of free, internationally recognized corridors for vessels sailing across the Bering Strait in the interests of the Russian Federation despite any shifts in foreign policy of the USA.

    “According to preliminary estimates, shipping lanes in the Bering Strait can obtain a legal status before the end of 2018”, Vitaly Klyuyev, Director of RF Transport Ministry's Department of State Policy for Maritime and River Transport, told IAA PortNews.




2018 January 18

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16:24 Fincantieri signs cooperation protocol with the autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia and the trade unions
16:02 MABUX: Bunker prices wait for the new market catalysts
15:33 Port of Marseille Fos and HAROPA launch new rail shuttle
15:02 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Africa and from Asia to the Mediterranean
14:32 Unifeeder adds Vlissingen to its service
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14:02 Ocean Network Express receives all necessary merger approvals
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12:31 Wan Hai Lines to launch Japan Express Service to Singapore Malaysia
12:08 Port of Amsterdam receives LME certification
11:59 Vroon awarded multi-year charter for two PX-121 platform-supply vessels
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2018 January 17

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16:34 DNV GL launches certification framework and recommended practice for Carbon Capture and Storage
16:03 JAXPORT hires new Container Accounts Director
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15:04 DNV GL launches new JDP to test biodegradable lubricants
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14:33 “K” Line Group announces name change of two ship management subsidiaries
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13:08 OOCL christens the last in latest series of ‘G-Class’ containerships
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2018 January 16

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15:52 Jotun Paints congratulates North-Western Shipping Company on its 95th anniversary!
15:34 DNV GL launches new JDP to test biodegradable lubricants
15:04 TTS Group ASA secures contract with Cosco (Dalian) Shipyard for TTS cranes
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