The Centre for High North Logistics (CHNL) was initiated by the Tschudi Shipping Company (TSC) in collaboration with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Det Norske Veritas (DNV), and the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association (NSA). The initiative was announced on 26th of November 2008, and on 27th of May 2009 CHNL became a non-profit foundation (“stiftelse”).
CHNL promotes economically and environmentally sustainable, reliable and innovative transport and logistics solutions in the High North. This we do through contributions to research and development (R&D), educational programs and dissemination of research results, advisory activity and information sharing for and together with businesses, public authorities, NGOs and other stakeholders.
CHNL was established in 2009 as a business foundation (stiftelse), managed by a director and a board of directors, in order to create an international knowledge hub on Arctic transportation and logistics for businesses, research institutions and public authorities. The goal was that CHNL would be a bridge between academia and the business community and a key mediator of knowledge of transportation and logistics opportunities and challenges in the Arctic.
The initial Barents 2020 project to establish CHNL was part of the Global Maritime Knowledge Hub (GMKH) initiative launched by the Oslo Maritime Network and the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association in 2008. The purpose of GMKH was to increase maritime research and education as well as exploit synergies between the various technological and economic maritime disciplines. The main funding for CHNL between 2009 and 2015 came from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tschudi Shipping Company, with additional contributions from DNV GL, Norwegian Shipowners’ Association, and Nord University.
CHNL became a university center at the Nord University Business School in Bodo in 2016 with yearly contribution from the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. The center continues to be managed by a director and a board of directors representing the business and academic community.
CHNL’s initial role was to build up an international knowledge hub on Arctic transportation and logistics for businesses, research institutions and public authorities alike. CHNL would provide up-to-date and relevant information on logistic activities in the Arctic, arrange workshops, and discuss and develop project ideas followed by case studies or actual demonstrations. The intention was to build a bridge between academia, the business sector and the authorities. This continues to be central in the work of the centre.