CHNL was launched as a part of the Norwegian national research initiative “The Global Maritime Knowledge Hub“ which was initiated by the Norwegian Ship Owners' Association and the Oslo Maritime Network in June 2008. The aim is to build a consortium that links together all segments of the maritime industry in Norway.
Norway is today a major knowledge hub in the global maritime industry, but to continue to be so in the future requires attracting bright young people to the industry and developing high quality educational and research programs with a global outreach, were students work closely with the maritime industry in Norway and elsewhere. As a part of this initiative funds are funneled into specialized professorships and research centers in maritime technologies and mangement at a number of Norwegian universities.
The Centre for High North Logistics was initiated by Tschudi Shipping Company in collaboration with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Det Norske Veritas (DNV). The initiative was announced on the 26th of November 2008 by Jonas Gahr Støre, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Felix H. Tschudi, Chairman of the Tschudi Shipping Company. The Centre was then formally established on the 27th of May 2009, as an international non-profit foundation.