Arctic News

All low ice class ships have already exited the eastern sector and the only ships in the east that are expected to transit NSR are Sevmorput, Vasily Dinkov and two Yamalmax LNG carriers, all of which can return independently.

I still think much of “the crisis” last year happened in Atle’s head. In the end it was more or less normal winter navigation albeit not well organized by the Russians who ordered foreign-flagged ships to stop and wait even though they had only one icebreaker deployed in the region. I spotted Arc7s pushing 19 knots while sailing past those ships reported to be “stuck in ice” and “in need of rescue”.

Norwegian Navy hold exercise in Northern Norway:

They may look like barges at first glans:

But they are the fastest Naval vessels in the world, with a top speed of 60 kts.:

Barents Press network shuts down:

Manwhile Barents Observer starts Russian language Youtube channel to break through the censorship wall:

No it was Norway that blew up the Nord Stream pipelines.

Can Russia do this?:

Will that re-open a can of worms in the Canadian Arctic?:

If the Russians can so can the Canadians (and v.v.)

China claim their right to free navigation on both the NSR and the NW Passage per UNCLOS, which is clear on the matter (??)
The US has not ratified UNCLOS, so they have no sayso here (??) (Outside Alaskan territorial waters at least)
Russia has been banned from the Arctic Council so that forum is not available to resolve the question of the NSR and has not been able to resolve the US/Canada dispute.

Cooperation in the Barents region in the Arctic is ending (for now??):

In better days:

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Barents cooperation in 2013, then prime ministers Dmitri Medvedev and Jens Stoltenberg walked side-by-side across the Norwegian-Russian border. Ten years on, Medvedev is babbling about nuclear war, while Stoltenberg is head of NATO.
Photo: Thomas Nilsen