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Japan, China and South Korea and Arctic Shipping
Shipping News
Written by Federica   
Monday, 01 September 2014 10:12

(source: Gettyimages) (source: Gettyimages)Japan, China and South Korea agreed to work together to ensure the safety of ship operations in the Arctic, reports Japan's Jiji Press. Just a week after Marsh LLC (a company for insurance broking and risk management based in New York) released its report on "Arctic Shipping: Navigating the Risk and Opportunities", concluding that the majority of ships and their crews are not ready to navigate in the Arctic waters, (read the article here), the three Asian states agreed to cooperate in establishing an efficient logistics system, developing an Arctic Ocean route and setting up a distribution system more environmentally friendly. In a joint statement adopted at the meeting, the officials said that the three nations also will share information on safety measures for ships

High-ranking officials in charge of transportation from the three countries reached the agreement at a meeting in Yokohama, south of Tokyo.The meeting, the fifth of its kind, was attended by Japanese transport minister Akihiro Ota, Chinese Ministry of Transport chief engineer Zhou Haitao, and South Korean Minister of Ocean and Fisheries Lee Ju-young.

"The meeting was meaningful toward strengthening cooperation among Japan, China and South Korea in the field of transportation," Ota said, adding that he believes the stepped-up trilateral cooperation will contribute greatly to economic growth in northeast Asia. – Bernama

 (Source: The Sun Daily) 

 
Bárðarbunga - updated information
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Written by Federica   
Friday, 29 August 2014 10:42

volcano status, 29.08.2014 (source: Icelandic Met Office) volcano status, 29.08.2014 (source: Icelandic Met Office) A fissure eruption started in Holuhraun, north of Dynjujökul around midnight. 

Seismic activity has decreased as a result of the pressure release, however a significant amount of earthquakes is still detected in the magma dike, between the eruption site and south to about 5 km into Dyngjujökull.
Strongest events were 3.8 in the caldera of Bárðarbunga at 04:37, as well as 2.9 at 05:39 and 3.5 at 06:38 in the dike. These earthquake are very closely monitored, but no significant change volcanic activity following these has been observed so far.

The color aviation code for Bárðarbunga was raised to red (eruption is imminent or in progress - significant emission of ash into atmosphere likely) during the night, and brought back to orange (Volcano shows heightened or escalating unrest with increased potential of eruption)  this morning. In the meanwhile, Askja volcano (roughtly 50 km NE of  Bárðarbunga) has switched from green (Volcano is in typical background, non-eruptive state) to yellow (Volcano is exhibiting signs of elevated unrest above known background level). 

 

Sorce: IMO

 

You can wacth the eruption here.

 
Arctic Economic Council to be established
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Written by Federica   
Thursday, 28 August 2014 09:10

 View of Iqaluit (source: wikipedia) View of Iqaluit (source: wikipedia) The founding meeting of the Arctic Economic Council (AEC), an new independent body of the Arctic Council, aiming at working to foster sustainable development, including economic growth, environmental protection and social development in the Arctic,  has been scheduled on September 2-3 2014, in Iqaluit, Nunavut(Canada). As an independent body, the AEC will decide on its membership, roles and responsibilities, governance, structure, and activities, while ensuring strong participation from indigenous businesses. It may inform the work of the Arctic Council through the views of business.

 

The meeting is being arranged by Minister Leona Aglukkaq, the Chair of the Arctic Council, who set  AEC  as priority initiative of Canada's Arctic Council chairmanship (2013-2015), which is focused on development for the people of the North. At the last Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Kiruna, Sweden in May 2013, Ministers signed the Kiruna Declaration, which "[recognized] that Arctic economic endeavours are integral to sustainable development for peoples and communities in the region". They also agreed to establish a Task Force to Facilitate the Creation of a Circumpolar Business Forum.

Consistent with the Task Force's mandate, the Arctic states and Indigenous Permanent Participant organizations of the Arctic Council have worked together to facilitate the creation of this forum – called the Arctic Economic Council (AEC). 

 

Read more here.

Source: Arctic Council.

 

 

 

 

 
International Law and Arctic Offshore Oil and Gas Development
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Written by Federica   
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 10:24

Cover of "Offshore Oil and Gas Development in the Arctic under International Law, Risk and responsability" (source:Brill.com)This coming December, international academic publishing house, Brill, will release Offshore Oil and Gas Development in the Arctic under International Law, Risk and Responsibility by Professor Rachael Lorna Johnstone of the University of Akureyri, Iceland.

Offshore Oil and Gas Development explores the international legal framework for hydrocarbon development in the marine Arctic. It presents an assessment of the careful balance between States' sovereign rights to their resources, their obligations to uphold the rights of Arctic inhabitants and their duty to prevent injury to other States. It examines the rights of indigenous and other Arctic populations, the precautionary approach, the environmental impact assessment and the duty to monitor offshore hydrocarbon activities. It also analyses the application of the international law of responsibility in the event that the State fails to meet its primary obligations and potential liability in the absence of a State's wrongful conduct.
Rachael Lorna Johnstone, S.J.D., M.A., LL.M., LL.B.(Hons) is Head of the Faculty of Law at the University of Akureyri, Iceland.

Offshore Oil and Gas Development in the Arctic under International Law, Risk and Responsibility can be purchased online. Further inquiries may be directed to the author at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
The Polar Regions in the Asian Century
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Written by Federica   
Monday, 25 August 2014 09:32

Hobart (source: wikipedia)

The 7th Polar Law Symposium will be held on 29-31 October 2014, in Hobart, Tasmania (Australia. This will be the first time the event has been held in the Southern Hemisphere.


The symposium is hosted by the Insitute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) of the University of Tasmania, in collaboration with The Polar Law Institute (Akureyr), the University of Akureyri (UNAK), the Northen Institute for Environmental and Minority Law (Arctic Centre, University of Lapland) and the Arctic Law Thematic Network (UArctic).


Sessions topics for the 7th Polar Law Symposium include:

  • Asian interests in polar affairs
  • Polar economies and industry
  • Polar marine resources
  • Native peoples and human rights
  • The Antarctic Treaty system
  • Legal and political issues in the polar and marine environments
  • International law


The keynote presenter is Professor Akiho Shibata, Kobe University, Japan. Professor Shibata’s principal research interests are international law-making processes, international environmental law and the Antarctic Treaty System. He served as a Legal Consultant of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2001 to 2011 and participated in several environmental treaty negotiations as a member of the Japanese delegation.


The proceedings will be published as the Yearbook of Polar Law (Nijhoff)

 
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