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China is accelerating its pace in Arctic exploration by publishing its first guide to sailing through the Northern Sea Route.

Greenpeace’s vessel «Arctic Sunrise» has been released after nearly nine months of detention in Murmansk, following the organization’s demonstration against Arctic drilling in the Pechora Sea last fall.

Weak satellites in the Northern Sea Route area and poor sea maps are among the bottlenecks preventing a massive Arctic transit system.

Researchers drill into the ice near RV Lance during the N-ICE test cruise in February 2014.

When spring 2015 approaches, sun spilling the landscape will find a group of scientists adrift at sea on “RV Lance” – once a top-of-the-line seal hunting boat, now turned research vessel.

China is accelerating its pace in Arctic exploration by publishing its first guide to sailing through the Northern Sea Route.

Greenpeace’s vessel «Arctic Sunrise» has been released after nearly nine months of detention in Murmansk, following the organization’s demonstration against Arctic drilling in the Pechora Sea last fall.

For the third year in a row, students from the Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NArFU) in Arkhangelsk have the chance to get hands-on experience on Arctic research. The research vessel “Professor Molchanov” left Arkhangelsk on Sunday, bound for a 30 days cruise to Svalbard and the Barents Sea.

The nuclear-powered icebreaker was supposed to become scrap metal, but has now instead been made ready for more action in the Russian Arctic.

Activists from Greenpeace have climbed aboard an oil drilling rig in the Barents Sea early Tuesday morning, trying to stop Statoil from starting exploration in world’s northernmost prospect.

Environmental activists are blocking an Arctic-bound drilling rig contracted by Gazprom Neft from leaving the Dutch port of IJmuiden. We will never stop our campaigns against drilling in the Arctic, Greenpeace says.

The Norwegian Government is working to ensure that Austre Adventfjord on Svalbard stays on Norwegian hands after one of China’s richest tycoons announced his interested in buying the area.

Russia will facilitate China’s shipments of goods using its railway networks, ports and the Northern Sea Route, a statement from Presidents Putin’s visit to Shanghai says.

The BarentsObserver takes a closer look at the local crabbing industry - and even gets a tasty lunch out of it.

The “Polarsyssel” has state of the art technology enabling it to engage in rescue and emergency situations under extreme Arctic conditions.

Seven base stations in the Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya are to become self-sufficient units with autonomous energy systems. They could be fueled by LNG, leader of the Russkaya Arktika national park says.