Meeting with the Minister of EEA and EU Affairs

CHNL’s office in Kirkines has hosted a meeting between the Minister of EEA and EU Affairs, Frank Bakke-Jensen, the Director of the Center, Kjell Storvik and the Head of CHNL’s Information Office, Sergey Balmasov. The officers told about the Center’s activities and their results. They also discussed the issues of international cooperation in further research in transport and logistics in the Arctic.
 
 

5th Arctic Shipping Seminar in Busan December 8 2016

5th Arctic Shipping Seminar in Busan December 8 2016
Dr. Bjørn Gunnarsson and Mr. Sergey Balmasov were both invited to take part in the 5th International Arctic Shipping Seminar: Economic Feasibility of NSR Cargo Transportation at the International Passenger Terminal, Busan Korea on the 8th of December, 2016. The conference was attended by about 200 participants and hosted by the Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and organized by the Institute of Arctic Logistics at Youngsan University.
 
 
 
 
 

5th Public-Private Partnership Conference on the NSR

 
Dr. Bjørn Gunnarsson was the keynote speaker at the 5th Public-Private Conference on the NSR on June 6th 2016 at the Central Government Building 1F in Tokyo, organized by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT). The chairman of the conference was Mr. Shinohara, Vice Director General of the Policy Bureau of MLIT, assisted by Mr. Onuma, Director of the Ocean Policy Division of the Policy Bureau of MLIT.
 
 
 
More than 50 representatives from Japanese agencies and ministries (MLIT, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology) and the maritime shipping-industry-energy-insurance- and research organizations attended the presentation and the following discussion on the future prospects of the NSR as a possible trade route between markets in NE Asia and Europe.
  

International Seminar on Sustainable Use of the NSR 2016

 
Dr. Bjørn Gunnarsson was invited to speak at the International Seminar on Sustainable Use of the Northern Sea Route on the 4th of February 2016 in Japan. The seminar was organized by the Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation with support coming from the Nippon Foundation, and took place at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation Building, Toranomon, Minato-ku in Tokyo. About 200 people attended the seminar.
 
 



 
 
“Regarding the current state of the Northern Sea Route, the conditions necessary for its stable use are yet to be put in place, due not only to technological issues but also to complications involving external factors such as international politics and economic conditions. While ship transit numbers, the focus of early attention, have made little progress, ship services in support of the development and exploration of Russia's natural resources have been active, resulting in a steady increase in ship traffic on the Northern Sea Route.
 
In this seminar which was held following the successful seminars of 2013 and 2014, experts from Arctic countries, including Mr. Alexander Olshevskiy, Head of the Northern Sea Route Administration (NSRA), the federal state institution of Russia, provided the latest information about the NSR and discussed the mid- to long- term prospects of the NSR in view of the changing global situation. Also, we included presentations and a discussion by domestic experts on Japan's usage strategies for the NSR, taking into consideration the Arctic Ocean Policy adopted last October”.
 

 
Conference Program
 

 
Some Thoughts on the Sustainability of the NSR
 
Presented by Bjørn Gunnarsson
 
 

4th Arctic Shipping Seminar in Ulsan

 
Dr. Bjørn Gunnarsson and Mr. Sergey Balmasov were both invited to take part in the 4th International Arctic Shipping Seminar: The Future of Cargo Transportation on the NSR at the Lotte Hotel Ulsan, South-Korea, on the 25th-26th of November, 2015. The conference was attended by about 200 participants and hosted by the Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, Ulsan Metropolitan City and Ulsan Port Authority. The organizer was CHNL’s project partner the Institute of Arctic Logistics of Youngsan University in Busan, South-Korea. Sponsors were the Korea Shipowners’ Association and Hyundai Heavy Industries.



 
 
 
 
See the conference website at http://arcticshippingseminar.kr/eng/introduction.html
Seminar Program at http://arcticshippingseminar.kr/eng/program.html
Seminar Speakers at http://arcticshippingseminar.kr/eng/speaker.html
 
“In the past few years there has been growing interest in the international transport between Europe and Asia through the Northern Sea Route, and yet problems still remain.  Positive news regarding this issue is that the Russian government has recently started to show interest in container transport between Europe and Asia via NSR. At the Fourth International Arctic Shipping Seminar, under the theme of 'the Future of Cargo Transportation on the NSR', issues around navigation conditions on the NSR, resource development in Yamal LNG project and cargo transportation on the NSR will be discussed along with presentation of actual transportation cases”.

“We have invited speakers from around the world hoping that the seminar provides the opportunity to share updated information on maritime transportation and prospective cargoes on the NSR to promote advancement to the related markets. We also hope that the seminar provides guidance for both local administration and the government to discuss further establishment of related policy”.

Dr. Sungwon Hong
Institute of Arctic Logistics, Youngsan University, Korea

 
 
 
"NSR Marine Cargo Transport: Plan for Sustainable Usage"
 
Presented by Bjørn Gunnarsson
 
 
Maritime Transportation on the NSR: Korean Perspective
(Korea-Norway Joint Research)


Presented by Sungwon Hong