Arctic Shipping Update

Unseasonably severe ice conditions are also clogging routes to Asia through the Northern Sea Route (NSR), leading to the extension of the winter-spring navigation of Atomflot’s nuclear ice-breakers, it said.

Thick Sea Ice Blocks Exports From Yamal LNG Plant

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17 Responses to Arctic Shipping Update

  1. Anon says:

    The vocab. is hilarious: “Unseasonably severe ice conditions”… I suppose for some it is unimaginable that one would still find ice and polar bears at the North Pole given all of the propaganda they have absorbed.

  2. arn says:

    The Russians made some huge Gas- deals in the past few years
    therefore the increase in trade in that region.
    Not as reaction to global warming and decreasing ice as Griff claimed(when there is global warming and decrease in arctic ice new ice breakers&ice breaking tankers are as much needed there as in jamaica) but as result of those deals.

    That’s why they build new ships and new pipelines(and as sideeffect other branches will follow take advantage of more free routes thanks to increased use of ice berakers)

    • Disillusioned says:

      The eventual disillusionment will be very difficult for the hard-core AGW apologists.

      • Colorado Wellington says:

        They’ll be fine. They are selfless, learned, healthy, muscular and enthusiastic. Such little Arctic setbacks will only motivate them to work harder and liberate science from its bourgeois yoke.

        Why we continue to defend the Soviet Union

        Gloria La Riva
        November 30, 2010

        The following is a talk given in the Keynote Plenary of the Nov. 13-14, 2010, National Conference on Socialism sponsored by the Party for Socialism and Liberation.

        The Soviet Union went out of existence 19 years ago next month. Some progressive people argue that given the fact that nearly two decades have passed, the issue of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is now an irrelevancy. We think otherwise.

        For one thing, the capitalist class and its well-paid intellectuals and pundits continue to argue that the fall of the Soviet Union means that socialism and communism are impossible, that they might have been nice dreams at one time, but, they say, socialism turned out to be nightmare when it actually came into existence.

        What is most remarkable from an objective standpoint, is not that the Soviet Union fell in 1991, but that it survived through the unimaginable challenges it faced. We should also remember that it took the bourgeoisie, the capitalist class, five centuries from their rise as a class until capitalism became the dominant world system.

        The Soviet Union should be studied for its incredible achievements as well as its problems and contradictions. It was a first attempt. By its existence for more than seven decades it proved once and for all that the working class can take power and reorganize society on a socialist basis.

        • gregole says:

          The stuff you post is amazing and informative. Keep it up.

          • Colorado Wellington says:


            You do know that “the truth” is not determined by your subjective feelings but can only be found through revolutionary practice?

            “The Marxist philosophy of dialectical materialism has two outstanding characteristics. One is its class nature: it openly avows that dialectical materialism is in the service of the proletariat. The other is its practicality: it emphasizes the dependence of theory on practice, emphasizes that theory is based on practice and in turn serves practice. The truth of any knowledge or theory is determined not by subjective feelings, but by objective results in social practice. Only social practice can be the criterion of truth. The standpoint of practice is the primary and basic standpoint in the dialectical materialist theory of knowledge.”

            Mao Tse-tung, July 1937

            And no revolutionary practice is more revolutionary than a good old struggle session. How sure are you that the Arctic is not ice-free?

    • Griff says:

      The new tankers were only economic/feasible due to the diminishing ice. Which does make this local jam up ironic.

      (It is in the gulf of Ob, a deep inlet which leads into the Kara sea… the actual ocean is open as you can see from this

      • AndyG55 says:

        MASIE says that Kara sea extent is above EVERY year since 2006 except for 2013 and 2014

        Wrong again, griff.

      • richard says:


        Can these tankers break through more ice than the sailing ships in the 19th century that were only 150 kilometers short of navigating the whole of the NWP?

  3. Lance says:

    Damn thin ice :)

  4. Stewart Pid says:

    But the ice expert Grif said no ice or only thin, rotten ice. How can this be!!

    • Former95B says:

      I think you meant Grief, not Grif. :-(

    • gregole says:

      How can it be that the Arctic is yet to be ice-free? It is 2018. We were warned. We were assured the Arctic would be ice free some many long years ago. And and ice-free Arctic means ominous Tipping Points.

      Yet the Arctic still has ice. How is this even possible? Something seems to have gone wrong, horribly wrong with Klimate Pscience.

      CO2, which is Mann-Made, traps heat. It’s complex how this nefarious substance does it’s dirty work; it actually requires at least a passing knowledge of quantum physics; which of course I realize is part and parcel of every under grad engineering curriculum; I know, I had to take those courses as a mechanical engineer; but I digress…

      And we were assured, by the wise and wonderful Klimate Kaos Klowns that this Mann-Made CO2 would melt the ice; raise the sea-levels; Destroy The Earth. Remember those Tipping Points? Hmm.

      Not much is actually happening. So why the windmills and solar panels?

      And where are my Tipping Points?

    • Griff says:

      The unseasonal conditions appear to be in one bay and to be obstructing the new tankers…

      The general NSR is not open as yet.

  5. BruceC says:

    Should be noted that these tankers are capable of smashing through ice 2.1m thick, bow first, and 2.5m thick stern first.

  6. Eric Simpson says:

    Tony, I see that Ann Coulter retweeted a tweet with the NYT front page you used:

    Ann Coulter Retweeted
    Steve Milloy @JunkScience 14h14 hours ago
    30 years ago… guess which NYTimes headline has become the real problem.

  7. AndyG55 says:

    DMI sea ice volume overtakes 2005

    Now in 3rd place since 2003

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