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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Lunchtime Seminar – "Shipping Activity on the Northern Sea Route"

We are pleased to announce that Des Upcraft, Ice & Cold Operations Business Manager, Lloyd's Register, will give a presentation on "Shipping activity on the Northern Sea Route". This, the fourth lunchtime seminar for 2011, will take place on Tuesday 1 November 2011 at INTERTANKO/Intercargo’s office in London.


As the effects of climate change continue to take hold, so the opportunity for trans-Arctic shipping has great potential to increase, with some reports suggesting that the Arctic Ocean could become completely ice-free for a short summer season perhaps as early as 2015 – much earlier than previous forecasts of 2040.


The Arctic is rich in hydrocarbon reserves, but there are also large quantities of high-grade iron ore, coal deposits and precious metals. The presentation will give an overview of shipping activity along the Northern Sea Route and highlights some of the issues faced by tanker and bulk carrier owners when operating in these cold and remote areas, such as:

  • regulations and environmental conditions
  • financial drivers
  • technology and innovation.

The presentation will also cover a brief run-down of the Polar Code.


Time: 1200-1400 (arrivals 1200 for 1215 start of presentation, followed by questions and an informal networking lunch).


Venue: St Clare House – 9th floor, 30-33 Minories, London EC3N 1DD
[nearest tube stations Aldgate (Circle and Metropolitan lines), Tower Hill (Circle and District lines) and Tower Gateway (DLR)]


The seminar is free of charge but spaces are limited and registration is required. We would very much appreciate it if you could please confirm your attendance by Friday 28 October, by emailing


Contact: Chantal Cheung Tam He