• 2020 March 5 09:50

    Rosmorport’s Kapitan Dranitsyn icebreaker sets records in northern latitudes

    FSUE “Rosmorport” says its Kapitan Dranitsyn icebreaker was the first one among diesel electric icebreakers to independently hit the Arctic highest point – L=88°13′ N and L=31°37′ E in winter.

    On February 28, 2020 in the midst of the polar night the icebreaker came to an area where the Polarstern frozen-in research icebreaker was drifting as part of an international polar expedition, the MOSAiC (the Multidisciplinary Drifting Observatory for the Study of the Arctic Climate). The Kapitan Dranitsyn brought shift polar specialists and crewmembers on board for the research vessel, as well as 43 tons of necessary equipment, supplies and provision.

    The icebreaker left the Norwegian seaport of Tromso on February 3, 2020. The icebreaker moved through the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean amid adverse weather conditions. The air temperature dropped till minus 33 degrees Celsius. Multi-year ice, ridging, snow cover and the high ice pressure created obstacles for the movement of the icebreaker. Occasionally the crewmembers were forced to wait for the improvement in wind and ice conditions, rebuild the safe route and overpass difficult ice sections. On days like these the Kapitan Dranitsyn was covering less than 20 miles – the distance that the icebreaker usually passes for two hours. Totally, the icebreaker passed 2.248 nautical miles.

    If in the beginning of the route the Kapitan Dranitsyn used 50 % of its power then when it was approaching toward the science camp the icebreaker’s engines operated in full power – 18.240 kW by swinging three propeller screws.

    The route of the FSUE “Rosmorport” icebreaker was corrected due to the operational ice situation received from the satellite and processed by the Russian Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (FSBI “AARI”). The institute’s representative was aboard the icebreaker.

    This is not the first voyage of the Russian vessel: at the end of last year it successfully overpassed 2.166 nautical miles and provided support for the autumn stage of the MOSAiC expedition. The coordinates of the drift were L=86 degrees N.

    Upon completion of loading-unloading operations on March 4, 2020 the Kapitan Dranitsyn icebreaker will leave the driftway for the seaport of Tromso. In addition to the members of the expedition and some crewmembers of the Polarstern vessel the icebreaker will bring the results of researches, specimens of the fauna and flora of artic seas and polar ice in special containers to the continent. Information received during the MOSAiC expedition will help analyze regional and global consequences of the climate change in the Arctic region.

    Crewmembers’ work experience amid severe navigating and weather conditions will be used in the future. The Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment is planning to use the vessel in another research expedition “The North Pole 2020” due to start in the second half of the year. The icebreaker will be frozen in multi-year ice near the North Pole to conduct researches of the Arctic region.




2020 July 11

11:37 Huisman to deliver 250mt Knuckle Boom Crane and 500mt Towing Winch for Nanhai Rescue Bureau
10:52 Wabtec wins federal order for advanced marine engines on new multi-use ships

2020 July 10

19:08 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Mediterranean
18:30 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Europe
18:04 HHLA implements machine learning for the first time to increase productivity
18:01 Port of HaminaKotka throughput in 6M’2020 fell by 14.2% YoY
17:38 Information on the seaport of Murmansk changed in the Register of Russian Seaports
17:13 Thun Tankers takes delivery of the fifth L-class at China Merchants Jinling Shipyard
16:52 Russian Railways: Loading of export cargo bound for domestic ports up 3.3%
16:33 Valenciaport reaffirms its leadership as the first Spanish port at UNCTAD index
16:03 Port of Marseille to maintain €57 million in investments to stimulate the recovery
15:43 DNV GL launch support for new Dynamic Positioning system failure guideline enabling quicker and cost effective implementation
15:30 Volga Shipping Company delivered project cargo to the Caspian Sea
15:13 COVID-19 causes problems for implementing EU legislation - BIMCO
14:48 Throughput of Russian seaports in HI’2020 grew by 0.1% Y-o-Y
14:23 Wärtsilä simulator complex delivered to enhance operations at the Training and Education Office of the Indonesian National Police
14:03 Port of Oakland imports up 1.9 percent in June 2020
13:44 Onezhsky Shipyard delivers hybrid workboats Anatoly Klimov and Victor Vorotylo (video)
13:22 Governments of 12 countries pledge action for seafarers at crucial crew change summit
13:19 GTT receives an order from Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding for the tank design of three new LNG carriers
13:01 Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard commenced making hull of yet another minesweeper of Project 12700, Aleksandrit
12:38 Throughput of Murmansk Sea Fishing Port fell by 12.7% in HI’2020
12:13 Nuclear-powered icebreakers of Rosatomflot assisted 462 ship calls in winter-spring navigation season
11:35 Construction commences on Austal's largest ever ferry
11:04 GIWACAF launches webinar series on oil spill preparedness and response
10:46 FSUE “Rosmorport” takes award-winning place in the annual sailing regatta
10:32 LR to develop structural digital twin for Bluewater FPSO Glas Dowr
10:22 Rosmorport changes tariffs on berth assignment services in Astrakhan and Olya seaports
09:59 Bunker prices are slightly up at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:37 Oil prices decrease amid concern over demand recovery rates
09:20 Baltic Dry Index as of July 9
09:11 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, July 10

2020 July 9

19:03 OOCL receives Gold Award from the HKAEE for the fourth time
18:10 Aquila Power Catamarans announce a luxuriously versatile new model
17:55 Tallink Grupp’s vessel Sailor to operate on Paldiski-Kapellskär Route from Sunday
17:31 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
17:28 Port of Rotterdam to start trial with PIN-free container handling
17:18 Damen holds keel-laying for Port of Auckland’s fully electric RSD-E Tug 2513
17:12 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Selina with ST Shipping
16:44 "K" Line participates in JV for FPSO owning and chartering business offshore Brazil
16:23 Jan De Nul Group has started offshore installation activities in Taiwan
16:06 Port of Liepaja throughput in 6M’2020 fell by 15.6% Y-o-Y
15:48 Russia remains in Paris MOU’s White List
15:24 PD Ports submit response to national Freeport consultation
15:03 Khabarovsk Territory Governor Sergey Furgal detained by officials of Russia’s Investigative Committee
14:39 Aibel awarded Oseberg portfolio agreement
13:47 Ukraine is still on Paris MOU’s Black List
13:22 MOL announces joint development of energy-saving rudder
12:50 Container shipments on Russian Railways’ network up 15% in 1H 2020
12:17 Cargo transhipment in North Sea Port falls by more than 11% in first half of year
12:07 ABB teams up with Yinson on offshore oil and gas project in Brazil
11:20 FPSO operators could save £15 million per asset on maintenance
10:42 The CMA CGM Group commits to fight illicit trafficking in protected species and tightens its shipment control procedures
10:10 Unifeeder contracts We4Sea for fleetwide vessel performance monitoring
09:38 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, July 09
09:29 Oil market sees mixed price movements
09:13 Baltic Dry Index as of July 8

2020 July 8

18:11 Carnival Cruise Line sets ship delivery changes and related deployment plans
17:50 POWERGLOBE seeks for 10 years LNG vessel charter-agreement
17:27 Maritime partners unveil Autonomous Guard Vessel