Tagged: Arctic

The drillship Noble Discoverer undergoes sea trials of Singapore in November 2014, following shipyard work and upgrades. (Credit: Noble Corp.)

Coast Guard Clears Shell Drillship Bound For Arctic

As one of Shell’s Arctic drilling rigs makes its way to Alaska, a second is waiting in the wings. The Noble Discoverer, now docked in Washington state waters, has received a critical “certificate of compliance” from the U.S. Coast Guard verifying it meets a host of safety and security requirements.

Ice and open water in the Beaufort Sea north of Alaska. (Credit: NOAA)

House Subcommittee Evaluates Balancing Arctic Development

This week, the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a hearing on “Arctic Resources and American Competitiveness” focused on the importance of Arctic offshore energy development to Alaskan natives, the State of Alaska, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, and to our nation’s goal of energy security and independence.

As The Arctic Opens Up, The U.S. Is Down To A Single Icebreaker

Melting ice in the Arctic is creating opportunities for access to oil and gas, and shipping lanes. But the area is still mostly frozen and navigating the inhospitable region on top of the world still requires an icebreaker, the heavy duty ships that are able to crash through massive layers of ice.