ARCTIS should appeal to businesses, government and the research community alike. The shipping/transport companies are the primary target group along with all those businesses and organizations that serve the transport industry. Additional target group are oil and gas companies and mineral mining companies involved in the exploitation of hydrocarbon and mineral resources in the High North.
Mining and oil companies are enterprises that venture into new frontiers for resources that the world demands. Resource exploration and production in the Arctic will require marine sea-based support and new logistics solutions. Transport of crude oil, gas condensate, LNG, coal, and ores require tankers and bulk carriers that can operate in ice-infested waters and harsh Arctic conditions, on a year-round basis when required.
Today the majority of the drilling facilities available on the world market are operated by shipping companies. Tools and equipment must be brought into the area and ports and passages need to be kept open. Container traffic, specialized supply vessels, and service ships such as icebreakers will be in demand. In addition, increased focus on the Arctic has attracted interest from the general public. This has opened a new and significant market for cruise ship owners.
Quality information and intelligence that can be captured early could make a huge difference. This could be related to securing available transportation capacity, ensuring port access, obtaining privileges and negotiating lower prices. The requirement here is that an enterprise has adapted an approach that allows new relevant knowledge and information about current and future opportunities in the Arctic to be integrated into the company’s operational strategy and subsequently become a focus of R&D.
It also requires that those working on R&D are well informed about Arctic issues and able to highlight facts, issues, opportunities and threats in a clear and precise manner. This is where ARCTIS will play a major role in assisting companies with relevant information and data.
ARCTIS will for example highlight data regarding current and potential Arctic resources, provide scenarios regarding future flow of raw materials and goods, future infrastructure needs and transport capacities, sailing conditions, services of ports and terminals, but also pertinent constraints and risks. More insight on the regulatory framework, permits, tariffs, insurance, and icebreaker assistance is also stressed among those who are contemplating operations in Russian coastal waters along the Northern Sea Route. The same information can also help banks and insurance agencies to estimate risks and assess future opportunities along with their clients.
All information that will be in high demand as Arctic sea routes become a viable commercial routes, together with Panama and Suez, between markets in Europe and East Coast of North-America and markets in the Far East.
ARCTIS will provide national and local governments with the best available information on resources, transport and logistics in the Arctic. Subsequently, ARCTIS could be a key source of new insights that could help in revitalizing regional politics, increase governance and transparency in the High North, and help law makers balance different concerns.
The information provided by ARCTIS can for example help authorities better understand the various technical challenges that the transport, hydrocarbon, and mineral mining industries are faced with in the Arctic environment, as well as the need for strict environmental protection. It can further aid national funding agencies in getting a better overview on Arctic matters, gauge the state-of-the-art and pinpoint what research topics should be emphasized in the years to come to fill critical knowledge gabs.
Research Institutes and Universities
This target group is likely to have a dual role when it comes to ARCTIS. The major content contributors to ARCTIS will likely be recruited from research institutions and universities. However, members of this group are also likely to be consumers of the information provided by ARCTIS, as it our ambition to provide state-of-the-art research results pertaining to Arctic resources, transport and logistics. Students are likely to become a prime user of the knowledge and information, while researchers will both write ARCTIS articles and use the database in their teaching and research.
ARCTIS has plans to work closely with the research insitutions involved in the Norwegian Maritime Knowledge Hub (MKH) and the corresponding professors supportred by the initiative. The goals of the Maritime Knowledge Hub is to link together all segments of the maritime industry in Norway and futher strengthen Norway‘s position in the global maritime industry.