Shelf North of the Faroe Islands recognised by the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf
On 14 March 2014, the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS), established under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, recognised the claimed entitlement of the Kingdom of Denmark to an outer continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles north of the Faroe Islands.
The area covers 87,792 square kilometres of continental shelf and was submitted to the CLCS on 29 April 2009.
The CLCS endorsed the entire area claimed by the Government of Denmark together with the Government of the Faroes, thereby confirming the sovereign rights of Denmark/Faroes to exercise sovereign rights in this area in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
The neighbouring States of Norway and Iceland have overlapping claims to parts of the area in question. As a consequence of this, Denmark/Faroes, Iceland and Norway agreed in 2006 to a prospective procedure on how to delimit the area of mutual interest.
A prerequisite for making effective this agreement is that the CLCS endorses each State's submission to the relevant area. Norway received its relevant recommendations in March 2009. Denmark/Faroes and Norway now await the completion of the submission of Iceland, which is currently pending, in order to finalise the three bilateral delimitation agreements.
Denmark/Greenland submit claim regarding the North-Eastern Continental Shelf of Greenland
On 26 November 2013, the Government of the Kingdom of Denmark together with the Government of Greenland submitted documentation for extended continental shelf beyond 200 M north-east of Greenland to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS). The claimed area covers approximately 62.000 km2 between the 200 nautical mile lines of Greenland and Svalbard.
For more information and download of the Executive Summary of the submission please visit: a76.dk/greenland_uk/east_uk/index.html
North Pole Olympic Torch Relay 2013
"To take part in the North Pole Olympic Torch relay was really an once-in-a-lifetime experience" Christian Marcussen says back home in Copenhagen again.The Russian nuclear icebreaker 50 let Pobedy arrived at the North Pole with the Olympic flame on October 19 at 14:37 hours (Moscow time) after 92 hours of transit from Murmansk in Russia. The arrival at the North Pole was celebrated with the traditional glass of champagne.
Christian Marcussen at the North Pole. Enlarge
Representative for the 8 member states of the Arctic Council around the Olympic flame lit at the North Pole by Artur Chilingarov from Russia. Enlarge
Steingrimur Jonsson (right) from Iceland relays the Olympic flame to Christian Marcussen. Enlarge
Map showing 50 let Pobedys route to the North Pole. Enlarge
A torch relay was arranged were representatives of the eight member states in the Arctic Council (the Kingdom of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Russia, Canada and the USA) participated and the relay ended with the lighting of an Olympic cauldron and a light show, which was projected onto the sea-ice around the Olympic flame. Christian Marcussen from GEUS represented the Kingdom of Denmark.
50 let Pobedy left the North Pole again on Sunday, October 20 at 08:00 and arrived back in Murmansk on Thursday evening, October 24.
"To take part in the North Pole Olympic Torch relay was really an once-in-a-lifetime experience" Christian Marcussen says back home in Copenhagen again. "The event was characterized by the excitement for the coming Winter Olympics in Sochi February next year and is an expression for the excellent cooperation between the member states of the Arctic Council."
Watch videos from the event in the arctic darkness on:
LOMROG III - The last cruise within the Continental Shelf Project with the Swedish icebreaker Oden to the area north of Greenland
Read more about the results of the cruise and download the cruise report.
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