10. October 2011
Conferences & Workshops
CHNL’s International Conference in Murmansk on the 14 February 2012 on Transit Navigation on the Northern Sea Route (NSR) attended by about 100 participants from 13 countries. The conference was organized in cooperation with Atomflot and Arctic Bulk and was by invitation only
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The conference goal was to increase the awareness and interest of commercial shipping companies and support industries in the NSR as a potential future trade route between markets in Europe and Asia. The year 2010 was a breakthrough year for commercial transit shipping on the NSR, and interest from the international business community grew further in 2011, with total of 34 transits. Continued growth Is foreseen in the years to come as the NSR becomes an alternative route to the traditional routes of Suez and the Cape between markets in Northwest Europe and the Far East.
Conference Programme and List of Participants (pdf)
CHNL’s Flyer (pdf)
CHNL arranged a workshop on April 29th 2010 in Kirkenes with the title “Opening the Northern Sea Route for oil, gas and dry bulk transportation between Europe and Asia – shipment of iron ore from Kirkenes to China”.
The main purpose of the workshop was to bring relevant Russian and Norwegian companies together to discuss what changes needed to take place before commercial shipping would look upon the Northern Sea Route as a predictable and reliable trade route and alternative to the common Suez Route. Secondly, workshop participants - which included representatives from the whole logistics/transport value chain - were asked to first identify and then find solutions to critical problems (including tariffs and insurance) to make transport of oil, gas and ore from northern Scandinavia and the Kola Peninsula to the Far East feasible along the NSR.
The ambition of all involved was to make it possible to ship for the first time iron ore from Kirkenes to China along NSR. This planned transit took place in September that same year.