New win for maritime research

CHNL has been granted more than NOK 7,5 million. The project funds are to be spent on research and development of Arctic maritime logistics and transport solutions in the Barents region.

  • By CHNL

National borders cross through infrastructure in Arctic transport systems at sea. The limited opportunities for cross-border transport affects preconditions for economic growth. The project will explore solutions creating cost and eco efficiency in collaboration with the business sector. A joint cross-border competence community will also be established in Kirkenes.

– This is an important day for cooperation with Russia. We can now cooperate about developing sustainable transport solutions for the Barents region, says CHNLs Direct Manager Kjell Stokvik.

The manager explains that he is excited to be working with Northern Arctic Federal University (NArFU), Murmansk State Technical University, Sør-Varanger Development, Tschudi Kirkenes and Akvaplan Niva.

The project is under the program “Collaborative Project to meet Societal and Industry-related Challenges”. The collaboration is about efficient logistics solutions, transport safety and reduction of negative environmental impact. A proposed framework for Arctic logistic hubs will be developed, amongst others.

Thus, the whole research project may benefit actors and negotiators in the industry. In addition, the findings from the project will provide reliable input for the Norwegian National Transport Plan as well as for the Joint Barents Transport Plan.

Good news for the Arctic

– Projects like this demonstrate the solid and active cross-border knowledge cooperation existing in the High North and demonstrate the diversity of Barents cooperation. New insight is always important, and we wish the researchers all the best for this work, says State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Marte Ziolkowski.

In relation to the Norwegian chairmanship period, the Norwegian Research Council announced grants for research cooperation in health, welfare and business development in the Barents region. These funds were made available from the MFA’s knowledge initiative related to Norway’s chairmanship period of the Barents Council. The ministry states that transport is a prioritarized topic on their agenda in the Barents Council where Norway now leads the working group for transport and logistics, BEATA.

– This is an important initiative for the government. The strength of the Barents cooperation is that it is about contact between people in the North. Through our chairmanship priorities of health, people-to-people and knowledge, we want to support what is important for securing strong communities in the Barents region, says Ziolkowski.

Covers gaps in existing research

Current maritime transport and logistics connections in the Barents region will be evaluated and analyzed. Then, methods for increasing the sea transport share of the total cargo flow will be assessed in light of costs and environment emissions. This research will provide well-considered proposals for future logistic opportunities in the Barents region.

Further goals for the project are fourfold. The significance of northern peripheries as transport hubs will be analyzed, and there will also be an analysis of how much cargo one expects to be generated along the Northern Sea Route over the next ten years.

– This significantly strengthens CHNL`s position, so we wish to congratulate the center. The project is important for Nord University Business School`s collaboration with businesses, and will help to strengthen the 30 year long cooperation with our Russian partners, says Dean of the Nord University Business School, Erlend Bullvåg.

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