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.

Norway’s new polar research vessel will be built by a yard in the hometown of Christopher Columbus.

Russia is reforming its port industry and plans to reduce the number of head offices from 20 to 8. All Arctic ports will be controlled form Murmansk.

The state nuclear power company Rosatom is about to reach a deal with United Shipbuidling Corporation on the construction of two powerful icebreakers.

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.

Salve Dahle

Salve Dahle with Akvaplan-Niva in Norway hopes the verbal conflict and boycott in trade between east and west will have little consequences on high north research cooperation. Arctic Frontiers conferance signs with Russian Geographical Society.

A new satellite station at the easternmost point of Norway will give better surveillance of shipping in the High North.

Another eight sinkholes have been discovered near the giant Bovanenkovo gas field in the Yamal Peninsula.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will not be present in next week’s Ministerial Meeting in Arctic Council, where the United States will take over chairmanship from Canada.

Russia’s largest nuclear powered icebreaker is currently crushing the Arctic sea ice with 117 tourists on board.

Hillary Clinton used Twitter on Tuesday to declare her opposition to Arctic offshore drilling, and her brief statement was applauded by environmentalists, but denounced by Republicans.

Scientists from around the world have launched a new website which makes information about permafrost in the Arctic available to all. 

The melting Arctic ice-cap changes the geopolitical map in the north. Now, China is preparing for the Arctic being navigable during summer months, according to a report released this week.

A Russian nuclear powered icebreaker sets out from Murmansk later this week to pick up scientists and equipment from a floating research station in the Arctic.