Ramboll brings pan-Arctic business communities closer

30 December 2016
Potential new shipping routes across the international Arctic economic area were the subject of the recent Arctic Roundtable conference ‘High North Atlantic Shipping and Trade’ in Portland, Maine, US, organized by Ramboll, Eimskip, Maine Port Authority, Troms County Council.
Artic landscape. Ramboll

Artic landscape. Ramboll

Thirty-five invited specialists from seven different countries attended the conference from as far afield as Greenland, Iceland, UK, Norway and China, as well as the USA and Canada.

One of the main conclusions from the Roundtable was the clear benefit of establishing closer organized cooperation in the High North Atlantic Region. Ramboll (with Ramboll Environ in Portland) is well placed to offer expertise in future Arctic North Atlantic developments.

In particular, regions such as Maine, Newfoundland, Greenland, Iceland and Arctic Norway stand to gain from new trade and business development opportunities. For example, until now, all freight to and from Greenland has gone through Denmark, but now the United States, Canada, Iceland, Norway and Great Britain will become closer for both exports and imports. This will support the growth of a sustainable Greenlandic economy.

According to Nils Arne Johnsen, Arctic Director for Ramboll (and chairman of the conference): “The business community in Portland, Maine will make a business mission to Tromso in Norway in January 2017, planned and executed by Ramboll through its pan-Arctic capacity. And we have been undertaking the ‘High North Atlantic Shipping’ project – a study of the ports of Portland, Nuuk, Reykjavík and Tromso that examines how international shipping has evolved in recent years and the impact this has had on the local economies. The study will also describe the regulatory framework for international container shipping in the four cities.”

The completed study will be presented during the Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromso in 2017.

Ramboll was represented by Nils Arne Johnsen, Arctic Director for Ramboll and Miranda Henning, Managing Principal for Ramboll Environ in New England.

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