Sputnik International published an article titled, “Russia Looks Forward to Working Closely With Arctic Economic Council.” The article reads in part as follows;
“At the last annual meeting, held on 9 May 2017, the Arctic Economic Council elected Tero Vauraste, President and CEO of the Finnish state-owned icebreaker company Arctia, as its Chairman.
‘Russia is looking forward to close and productive work with the Arctic Economic Council chaired by Finland’, Ambrosov said.
‘The head of this large shipping company has been elected to Chair the Council, and we hope that the Council will achieve great results in the development of Arctic shipping and enhancing the regulatory framework’, Ambrosov noted.
Finland took over the rotating Arctic Council chairmanship from the United States during the latest biennial meeting. Helsinki assumed the chairmanship for the 2017-2019 period.
Finland’s chairmanship priorities include environmental protection, connectivity, meteorological cooperation and education.
Vessels operating in the Arctic region must comply with the strictest environmental and safety requirements given the high risks posed by challenging climatic conditions, PAO Sovcomflot Senior Executive Vice-President Evgeny Ambrosov told Spuntik.
‘Vessels operating in the Arctic environment have to meet the highest environmental and safety standards’, Ambrosov said. ‘Operating ships in the Arctic involves certain risks: from the complicated ice and climatic conditions to a shortage of qualified and well-adapted staff and the lack of necessary experience, within many shipping companies, of large-capacity vessels ice channeling’.
This is why compliance with the highest technical and environmental standards should be an unequivocal priority for shipping companies, Ambrosov explained.”