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6th Arctic Shipping Summit, 18-19 March 2015
Shipping News
Written by Federica   
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 15:23


Developments in Arctic Shipping Operations & Infrastructures Conference  The 6th Arctic Shipping Summit, "Developments in Arctic Shipping Operations & Infrastructure",  will highlight the achievements of Canada's Chairmanship of the Arctic Council and discuss the USA's forthcoming plans. It will review the need for improvements in infrastructure and advancements in technology as well as operational and logistical challenges encountered by ship owners and OSV Operators in harsh Arctic conditions. It will address key developments in transport and regulation in the Arctic as well as commercial and safety issues.

This summit, through presentations, roundtable discussion and case studies will examine practical solutions to Arctic shipping issues and present the latest innovations of technology in this specialised area.

Delegates will be drawn from the Shipping Operators, Owners, Coastguard and Transport Authorities, Shipbuilders and Shipyards, Designers, Repairing companies, Vendors and Subcontractors, Energy and Mining companies, Naval Architects and Engineers, Ice Forecasters and Meteorologists, Ice Management Specialists, Consultants, Researchers, Brokers, Financiers and Investors.



For Early Bird & 15% discount on registration or for a draft brochure, please contact Mohammad Ahsan on +44 (0)20 3141 0606 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Conference details:



Name: 6th Arctic Shipping Summit

Place and dates: 18th & 19th of March 2015
Montreal, Canada

Telephone: +44 (0) 203 141 0606
E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Contact Name: Mohammad Ahsan

Conference Fee: Full Price £1495

Discount Code: MAS6MA15 (15% discount to all members or subscribers)


Clik here to see the Agenda



Arctic Biodiversity Conference was held in Trondheim
Other News
Written by Kerstin Gillen   
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 08:25

Arctic Biodiversity Congress: Panel discussion with representatives from the Arctic Council States, Permanent Participants and Observers 2nd Dec 2014, Trondheim Arctic Biodiversity Congress: Panel discussion with representatives from the Arctic Council States, Permanent Participants and Observers 2nd Dec 2014, Trondheim

The Arctic Biodiversity Congress was held from 2-4 December 2014 in Trondheim, Norway. It was organized and hosted by the Arctic Council's Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) working group in co-operation with the Norwegian Environment Agency, and was co-chaired by Risa Smith, chair of CAFF, Tom Barry, CAFF Secretariat, and Finn Katerås, Norwegian Environment Agency. The Congress addressed the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity through dialogue among all relevant stakeholder groups. The meeting brought together around 450 representatives from academia, governments, industry, civil society and indigenous peoples.

The Congress sessions and presentations focused on three main themes: Arctic change, resilience and adaptation; mainstreaming biodiversity and linking Arctic ecosystems to society; and understanding cumulative effects and managing impacts.


Arctic Portal has been actively participating in the congress by presenting the Global Terrestrial Network on Permafrost database which is carried out as WP8 of PAGE21 (Changing permafrost in the Arctic and its Global Effects in the 21st century). The special emphasis in the presentation was the possibilities to cross-analyse vegetation observations with permafrost monitoring data.


A summary of the congress can be found here.



Seminar to take place tomorrow
Other News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 08 December 2014 11:09

(Logo: Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network) (Logo: Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network)Tomorrow, Tuesday, the 9th of December, Mrs. Inga Dora Markussen, Secretary General of the West Nordic Council will pay a visit to Akureyri, capital city of the Northern Iceland.



Dora Markussen will hold a discussion about the election that took place in Greenland 28th of November 2014.


Additionally, Polar Law Institute in cooperation with Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network will hold a special dinner where Inga Dora will discuss the current activities of the West Nordic Council.


The seminar is open to public and free of charge.


All interested individuals are requested to confirm their attendance by Tuesday, h 11 to Ingveldur Tryggvadóttir This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


New publication is now available!
Other News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 04 December 2014 12:02

(Photo: University of Akureyri) Rachael L. Johnstone (Photo: University of Akureyri) Rachael L. JohnstoneNew book on the legal regulation of oil and gas exploration in the marine Arctic is now available.

Rachael Lorna Johnstone, Professor and Head of the Faculty of Law at the University of Akureyri, has published a new book, Offshore Oil and Gas Development in the Arctic under International Law: Risk and Responsibility.


This timely book explores the international law that governs hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation in the marine Arctic. It examines the rights and responsibilities of coastal States to seabed resources in light of environmental law and the rights of indigenous and other local Arctic populations. It also explores the consequences for States that fail to meet these standards or if there is a major pollution incident.

Offshore Oil and Gas Development in the Arctic is published by international publishing house Brill within the widely acclaimed series, Queen Mary Studies in International Law. It is in English and can be purchased from the Brill website.

Arctic Frontiers coming soon
Other News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 09:17

(Logo: Arctic Frontiers) (Logo: Arctic Frontiers)The Arctic Frontiers – international conference on Arctic issues will take place in Tromso, northern Norway 18th – 23rd of January 2015.


Arctic Frontiers is growing and has now integrated a Business section alongside Arctic Frontiers Policy, and Arctic Frontiers Science. Arctic Frontiers Business will focus on the drivers for industrial growth in the north.

During Arctic Frontiers Business 2015 the main focus will be on Barents Sea oil and gas and the Arctic mineral industry.

It is expected that development in these two industries will have a great impact on the future economic development in the north. What will be discussed is the role of these industries as drivers for economic development, the effects for suppliers to these industries, and what can be achieved in these sectors through northern business collaboration.

As a part of the Business Conference Arctic Frontiers is hosting a conference on Regional Cooperation and Economic development in the Arctic. The conference is organized in collaboration with the Norwegian Ministry of Local Government and Modernization.
Arctic Frontiers Business will facilitate business to business meetings and business presentations.


Click here for more details and to register for the event.

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