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Entries in arctic (11)

Monday
Jul032017

Senate Committee Authorizes Procurement of Six New Polar-Class Icebreakers 

Polar Star (courtesy of USCG)The Senate Armed Services Committee recently completed markup of the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and voted unanimously (27-0) to advance the bill to the Senate floor. The NDAA includes a provision authored by Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and co-sponsored by Senator Angus King (I-Maine) authorizing the procurement of up to six polar-class icebreakers, including polar-class heavy icebreakers and polar-class medium icebreakers.

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Friday
Feb242017

An Interview with Ben Ford: Increased North Atlantic Trade and Maine 

In a new episode of Verrill Voices, Ben Ford discusses significant developments in the Arctic and the overall impacts that increased North Atlantic trade will have on Maine. Ben explains that the newly opened Northwest Passage will allow ships to navigate to the region more easily, translating into increased economic activity, including resource extraction and activity between ports. Specifically, he describes that from a cost-based geographic perspective, Maine is now as close to Tromsø, Norway, which is located 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle, as it is to Baltimore, Maryland. Companies like Eimskip that have invested in Maine are making shipping to the Arctic more appealing and potentially impactful.

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Wednesday
Nov092016

Looking North: A Watershed Moment in Arctic Awareness

October 2016 marked a watershed moment in increased awareness of the importance of the Arctic and regional and global implications of Arctic climate change.  Verrill Dana partnered with the Marine and Oceanographic Technology Network (MOTN) to host a Marine Technology and the North Symposium coincident with the plenary meeting Senior Arctic Officials (SAO) recently convened in Portland, Maine. The Symposium and SAO meeting were perfect catalysts for a month-long series of Maine-based events bringing together some of the leading minds in academia, industry, and government to consider challenges and opportunities in the Arctic.  

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Friday
Sep162016

Verrill Dana Attorney Ben Ford on Challenges and Opportunities in the Arctic

With the October Senior Arctic Officials Arctic Council meeting in Portland quickly approaching, Verrill Dana attorney Ben Ford, a member of the firm's North Atlantic & Arctic Group, has been speaking about opportunities and challenges in Arctic development in the media. 

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Friday
Sep162016

IMO Convention on Ballast Water Management Ratified - What's Next?

Last week in Law at the Waterline, we celebrated the ratification of the IMO convention on ballast water management, an event we described as “a major milestone for enhanced protection of our oceans and a profound business driver for marine-environmental technology.”  As we progress to towards the convention’s permanent implementation date of September 8, 2017, Law at the Waterline will have a series of posts tracking this process and progress of implementation, including type approval and other standards for treatment technologies and developments expected in the U.S. Coast Guard’s promulgation of its requirements. We begin the series this week with some background information in a post by Grace Denny, a student at Boston College.

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