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Advent­fjord

Fri­day, 22nd August (still) – High­lights until the last minu­te. After it had been blowing qui­te a bit off the west coast, it was nice to be back in Isfjord whe­re the water was flat calm and the sun was shi­ning again. We met a wha­le brief­ly in Advent­fjord, just off the cam­ping site. And on the shore under Hiorthfjel­let, just oppo­si­te Lon­gye­ar­by­en, the­re was even ano­t­her polar bear wal­king around, would you belie­ve it? That doesn’t hap­pen every day. Hein­rich wasn’t too hap­py as he has got a hut in that area, one of the win­dows was dama­ged so the bear may have been insi­de and in that case, it might need more than just a litt­le bit of clea­ning to make it a cosy place again.

We finish the day and the trip with a nice last evening and a good meal on board. More than 1100 nau­ti­c­la miles around Spits­ber­gen are behind us now, with about 26 lan­dings in many pos­si­ble and some impos­si­ble pla­ces. Not to men­ti­on all the land­s­capes and the wild­life we have seen from the boat. The pho­tos will tell the sto­ry, soon the­re will be a gal­le­ry online tog­e­ther with the trip report.

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The­re is more to Spits­ber­gen than „just“ polar bears and wild land­s­capes, the­re are also good peop­le living here. See­ing some of them will be amongst my next tasks.

Green­peace-ship ‘Espe­r­an­za’ vio­la­ted new pilo­ta­ge regu­la­ti­ons on Spits­ber­gen

The Green­peace-ship ‘Espe­r­an­za’ which is cur­r­ent­ly sai­ling in the waters around Spits­ber­gen has repeated­ly vio­la­ted the new pilo­ta­ge regu­la­ti­ons, being step-by-step estab­lis­hed sin­ce July 2012.

The ‘Espe­r­an­za’ is pre­sent around Spits­ber­gen this sum­mer to call atten­ti­on to the impact of cli­ma­te chan­ge to the arc­tic and to pro­test against the expan­si­on of oil explo­ra­ti­on to the Bar­ents Sea. As a pro­mi­nent sup­por­ter for this cam­pai­gn amongst others the Bri­tish actress Emma Thomp­son was aboard.

In the end of July it was noti­ced that the ship vio­la­ted the new pilo­ta­ge regu­la­ti­ons on Spits­ber­gen for several times. For a round-trip which was accom­pa­nied by the actress Emma Thomp­son the­re­fo­re a pilot was taken aboard. In the Midd­le of August the cap­tain of the ‘Espe­r­an­za’ then again acted against the regu­la­ti­ons as he led the ship towards Lon­gye­ar­by­en without a pilot. As befo­re, the inci­dent was repor­ted to the Sys­sel­man­nen and this time the cap­tain had to pay a fine of 50.000 Kro­ner.

The Sys­sel­man­nen and the Nor­we­gi­an Kyst­verk reg­ret that it was just Green­peace who vio­la­ted a regu­la­ti­on which actual­ly is sup­por­ted by the orga­niz­a­ti­on. In the same spi­rit Green­peace expres­sed their reg­ret. Green­peace appre­cia­tes the estab­lish­ment of pilo­ta­ge regu­la­ti­ons on Spits­ber­gen and, envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion in mind, gene­ral­ly sup­ports regu­la­ti­ons that con­tri­bu­te to safe­ty in the mari­ti­me traf­fic. In the inci­dents in the end of July Green­peace was not awa­re of the fact that their ship was alrea­dy affec­ted by the new regu­la­ti­ons, espe­cial­ly as they had an own ice-navi­ga­tor aboard sup­por­ting the cap­tain. In the recent inci­dent in August the cap­tain had, as he said, wai­ted 1.5 hours for the pilot who was delay­ed. After that he deci­ded to sail towards Lon­gye­ar­by­en without a pilot.

Com­pul­so­ry pilo­ta­ge gets step-by-step estab­lis­hed on Spits­ber­gen sin­ce the 1st of July 2012 (see also Spitsbergen-Svalbard.com news from July 2012). Cur­r­ent­ly, for the sea­son 2014, it affects ves­sels with a length of 70 meters or more and pas­sen­ger ves­sels with a length of 24 meters or more, except expe­di­ti­on crui­se ves­sels. In the sea­son 2015 the­re will no lon­ger be such excep­ti­ons and the regu­la­ti­ons will be the same as on the Nor­we­gi­an main­land.

The ‘Espe­r­an­za’,
cur­r­ent­ly sai­ling in the waters around Spits­ber­gen.
 
Copy­right:
Glen via Flickr,
CC BY 2.0

Esperanza

Source: Sval­bard­pos­ten, Kyst­ver­ket

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