Tag Archives: Longyearbyen Harbor

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES FOR SVALBARD FOR WEDNESDAY: Harbor predicts no big cruise ships and 75% loss of activity for 2020, city asks locals to participate in health survey and more

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This story will be updated throughout the day. Photo of sign next to that “other” bear sign by Baoqing Du.

Svalbard remains free of officially diagnosed coronavirus cases as of late Wednesday morning, but the city is asking residents to complete a Norwegian Institute of Public Health survey  if they suspect they have or had symptoms associasted with the virus, especially during the past seven days.

Longyearbyen Harbormaster Kjetil Bråten said he is expecting no large cruise ships this season since the companies are cancelling itineraries well in advance and a 75 percent drop in total revenue/activity for 2020 if a normal level of traffic returns by fall.

Rising tide: 300M for new Longyearbyen harbor – 100M more than originally planned – proposed by Parliament leaders

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Longyearbyen took a big step closer toward a new harbor this week as Parliament and local leaders announced 300 million kroner is being sought for the project in the new National Transportation Plan scheduled for release next month.

Portly port: Report recommends thinking big by upgrading Longyearbyen Harbor with twin-dock floating pier

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Big investment, big reward.

That’s the bottom line of a study by the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) recommending a large-scale expansion of Longyearbyen Harbor. The NCA studied ten options, and is recommending a large-scale floating pier with a dock designed for fishing industry vessels and dock for tourism and research vessels. In addition, there would also be a terminal with 1,000 square meters of interior space that could be used for retail, storage and scientific purposes.

Boat without an anchor? Svalbard gets 18M to expand Polarsyssel’s role, but little for new dock in ’16 budget

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With Longyearbyen looking to the national government to stay afloat, next year’s proposed budget for Norway does just that – if in a very limited and specific way.

An allocation of 18 million kroner to allow the governor’s new Polarsyssel service vessel operating for nine months during the year instead of the usual six months is among the most notable provisions of the 451 million kroner in total proposed spending for the archipelago. The total is 33 million korner, or about eight percent, higher than 2015.

Dock in pay debate: Longyearbyen gets 15M for new harbor; local pols differ on how much it will help during crisis

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Eventually, Longyearbyen will probably get lots of money to build a new harbor, providing lots of jobs during construction and creating new long-term economic opportunities to replace the collapsing coal mining industry.

But as of now it’s not going to happen during the next year, despite the pleas of local leaders and residents for the government to take some kind of remedial action as the town faces losing up 400 of its roughly 2,100 residents by next summer.

Go USA…but go away China? Opposing reactions to two large-scale foreign investments in Svalbard

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They’re both huge potential investments in Svalbard by foreign entities. One is being hailed as a key element of Longyearbyen’s post-mining future. The other is seen as undesirable and a possible threat.