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Collaborative and Knowledge-building Project Collaborative Project Development of Arctic Maritime Logistics and Intermodal Sea-Land Transport Connections: Implications for the Barents Euro-Arctic Region

The project study will analyse and evaluate existing maritime transport and logistics operations and intermodal (sea-land) transport in the Barents region, and suggest ways to increase the share of maritime transport in total cargo traffic.

The project aims to analyse the future significance of the northern peripheries of the Barents region as a transshipment hub and logistical centre for both east-west and north-south flows of cargo, passengers and data. The operational, technical and structural components of the overall maritime logistics system will be assessed and improvements based on new logistics concepts, technologies and business models will be suggested. These improvements will address shipping operations, port and terminal facilities and capacity, intermodal sea-land transport connections, and transport safety. The project team will also address environmental issues and green transport solutions throughout the project.

Thus, the following concerns are addressed:
1) the importance of an effective transport system in enhancing regional socio-economic development;
2) the current state of traffic and cargo flow in the BEAR and the Northern Sea Route, and predictions for the future;
3) the current state of the logistics system in the BEAR and options for enhancing efficiency and reducing costs;
4) the prerequisites for establishing an Arctic logistics hub(s) and potential locations for such a hub(s) in the BEAR;
5) environmental risks and impacts of increased traffic in BEAR and corresponding emissions mitigation methods; and
6) the importance of the Barents region’s maritime intelligent transport system.

Expected outcomes:
– the proposed framework for identification of a proper design and location for a logistics hub will enable
practitioners to address similar logistics needs
– improved logistics system will create economic and logistical benefit
– the development of safer shipping will reduce risks to the practitioners and the environment.

Project consortium:
Centre for High North Logistics of Nord University (Norway)
Murmansk State Technical University
Northern Arctic Federal University (NArFU)
Sør-Varanger Utvikling AS
Tschudi Kirkenes AS
Akvaplan Niva AS

Project period: 2022-2024
The total budget is NOK 8,3 mln.
Project funded by Norwegian Research Council programme
Project leader from MSTU – Jhanna Vasilieva, Head of Technosphere Safety Department
Project Coordinator – Natalia Anikeeva, Head of International Cooperation Department


Updating date: 10.12.21