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Danish EU Presidency focuses on maritime issues
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Wednesday, 18 April 2012 11:57

(Photo: GettyImages)Danish presidency for the Council of European Union started in January 2012. It is the seventh time Denmark organizes and leads the work of the Council of Ministers.

Majority of Danish efforts has been put into maritime issues, including the maritime issues around the Arctic. Denmark is one of the Arctic states and the key player in Arctic maritime shipping industry.

Yesterday, Danish representatives did reach the agreement on a stronger European Safety Agency. The purpose of the Agreement is to ensure that the Agency is able to carry out its tasks in relation to maritime safety and the maritime environment is a better and more efficient manner.

The negotiations on the new European Maritime Safety Agency have been led by Denmark since the beginning of its EU Presidency. The EMSA has existed for ten years and it was decided that the current marine development bring the need to strengthen it structure both on European and international level.

The political agreement will be adopted by the European Parliament and the Council.

Source: European Maritime Safety Agency

Exchange Scholarships for Icelandic and Norwegian Students
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Wednesday, 18 April 2012 11:56

(Logo: University    of the Arctic)Exchange Scholarships for Icelandic and Norwegian Students in Arctic Studies Application deadline: 15th May 2012, for the academic year 2012-2013

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Iceland and Norway signed a three year Memorandum of Understanding in Akureyri on September 29, 2011, concerning co-operation in the field of Arctic scientific research. Exchange scholarships for Icelandic and Norwegian Students in Arctic Studies are one of the key activities in this co-operation.

The scholarships in 2012/2013 will be 520€ per month for subsistence and a maximum 1.200 € travel grant. Minimum duration is one month and the maximum duration is 12 months.

The eligibility criteria are the same as for Nordplus Higher Education grants for studies or work placements, with the addition that doctoral students are also eligible for support. Priority will be given to Master and Ph.D. students and students wishing to study at Norwegian and Icelandic universities that are members of the University of the Arctic network.

Students should hand in their applications to the International office of their home institution.

Following documents need to be part of the application:

- Statement of purpose (500-1000 words) explaining the relevance of his or her planned
studies or placement abroad for arctic research and education.

- Scanned copy of approved learning agreement, at least by the home institution and
preferably also by the host institution.

- Transcript of records

Please, click here for further information with regards to the scholarship.

Source: University of the Arctic
Nordic days in Murmansk start today!
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Wednesday, 18 April 2012 11:56

(Logo: Norden)This year´s event with its extensive program will present the modern cultural and daily life in the Nordic countries. The festival will include exhibitions, concerts and short movies presentations. The knowledge exchange will be possible through organized workshops, lectures and discussions. The festival starts today and will last until 26th of April.

The initiative is jointly organized by the Consulate General of Norway in Murmansk, Murmansk Department of the Finnish Consulate General in St. Petersburg, Consulate General of Sweden in St. Petersburg, the Information Office of the Nordic Council of Ministers in St. Petersburg and the Danish cultural institute in St. Petersburg

This year´s program includes exhibitions that deal with contemporary issues in the North. The Nordic Council of Ministers will present two events within the frames of their ´´Knowledge Building and Networking Program for the North – West Russia´´.

Murmansk, being the largest city in the Arctic, located in the north – west Russia, offers many attractions for its visitors such as Northern Navy Museum, Regional History Museum, Shipping History Museum and Arctic Research Institute Exposition. Although Murmansk is a large complex, most sites of interest to visitors are within a fairly compact area in the city center.

Its international airport provides with daily connections to Tromso, Kirkenes in Norway and Helsinki in Finland. Domestic flights are available on the scheduled basis from Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Source: University of the Arctic
Closer co-operation between the Arctic states
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Tuesday, 17 April 2012 11:56

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Images)Governments of eight Arctic states agreed on closer cooperation with regards to search and rescue operations on the Arctic waters.

Representatives from Ministries of Defense from Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Russia, Sweden and United States met at the Canadian military base in Goose Bay later last week to discuss further cooperation in the High North.

It was the first time that northern chiefs of defense had an opportunity to meet. Gen. Walter Natynczyk, Chief of the Canadian Defence Staff, said after the meeting that he was very pleased with the discussions amongst the eight generals: "Certainly what we saw was a great sense of a spirit of co-operation amongst everyone. We were able to gain an understanding of the unique challenges each faces with regards to emergency response and for support to our civilian authorities".

It was decided that from now on, the representatives of eight Arctic states will meet annually to discuss defense, search and rescue issues in the High North.

Source: Barents Observer
Aker Solutions Wins Cat B Well Intervention Contract from Statoil
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Tuesday, 17 April 2012 11:55

(Photo: Getty Images)Statoil awarded Aker Solutions a contract today for hiring of an entirely new type of rig which represents an important technological advance for the industry. The category B rig will be an important contribution towards increasing recovery from existing fields.

Development of technology for increasing the recovery from operating fields is an area of commitment for Statoil. For the last year, the average oil recovery rate from Statoil operated fields has risen from 49 percent to 50 percent.

The category B rig is designed and equipped for the industrialization of drilling and intervention services in existing production wells and represent a new sort of service.

n cooperation with the supplier industry, Statoil has developed a new type of rig and well control system specially adapted to carry out well intervention and drilling operations in existing subsea wells.

This type of rig fills the gap between light intervention vessels (category A) and conventional rigs (category C). The category B rig with associated integrated services is expected to reduce operating costs for well intervention by as much as 40%.

Statoil and the licensees will enter into an eight-year contract with options for three times two years for the category B service. The estimated value of the contract is USD 1.9 billion. In addition to rig rental, the contract also includes rental of the necessary equipment and services to carry out well intervention, sidetrack drilling, ROV operations, well testing and cementing. The rig will be in service during 2015.

Source: World Maritime News
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