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INVITATION FOR THE 5TH MARPART-CONFERENCE 
AT THE HURTIGRUTEN COASTAL CRUISER
“MV POLARLYS”

BODO-TROMSO - OCTOBER 17-18, 2016
We kindly invite you to take part in the 5th MARPART conference onboard  the Hurtigruten MV Polarlys  from Bodø to Tromsø 17th to 18th October 2016.
The Marpart conferences are arranged twice a year. The conference was last time arranged in Reykjavik, Iceland in February 2016 and will be arranged in Nuuk, Greenland in 2017. The Marpart conferences focus is cooperation on  maritime emergency preparedness in the High North and the management of large scale emergency operations at sea. The Marpart project includes more than twenty researchers from fourteen universities in ten countries. The main funding comes from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Nordland County Administration, the Nord University and the partner institutions.
 
The Marpart conferences represent a meeting place for discussions between industry, government, preparedness professionals and academia. We emphasize the responsibility of the industries and governments for continuous improvements in preparedness as to safety, security and environmental protection in the High North. At the conference we highlight the need for measures including competence efforts to respond to composite challenges including search and rescue (SAR), oil spill recovery, firefighting and salvage, as well as actions against terror or other forms of violent action.
Please take a look at the Marpart web-page for further news about the Marpart project:
The Conference is a part of the “MARITIME PREPAREDNESS AND INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP IN THE HIGH NORTH” (MARPART) projects. Conference participants will stay for two days on the Hurtigruten Coastal Cruiser “MV POLARLYS” and travel from Bodø to Tromsø.
 
Main themes and topics of the conference in line with the project will be to contribute to further research and development of maritime preparedness in the High North. A key aspect will be, discussing future maritime activity levels and how to deal with them within several fields and levels.
 
Roles of the emergency management as well as how to develop the necessary competences are key issues that will be discussed. International partnerships and joint collaborations are also among the main topics. Findings from previous work packages of MARPART and spin off-projects will be discussed.
 
High ranked stakeholders from educational institutions, ministries, authorities, industry and professionals will be giving lectures within their fields of expertise. The last part of the conference will be a visit to the Arctic Council secretariat in Tromsø, where we will inform about the role of the Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response Working Group (EPPR).
Registration:
 
Conference fee is NOK 2500 (this includes cruise-ticket, cabin, 2 lunches, and one dinner) 
Please register by contacting either Johannes or Andrey:
 
Project coordinator Johannes Schmied
phone +47 755 17 649; +47 906 914 92 
johannes.schmied@nord.no
 
Advisor Andrey Kazakov, Nord University
phone +47 414 12 810
andrey.kazakov@nord.no
Please check out our program:

Monday October 17, 2016
1230               Embarking MV Polarlys at the Hurtigruten terminal in Bodo
1245-1315      Lunch 
1315               Welcome onboard 
Professor Odd Jarl Borch, Nord University, project leader of MARPART.

OPENING ADDRESSES
1315-1330    Welcome to Nordland and Bodo - the capital of the Norwegian Arctic preparedness
system
Executive of Economic Development Mona Fagerås, The Nordland County Administration, Norway

1330-1345    The Arctic policy of Norway and the focus on safety and security
Deputy Director Trond Gabrielsen, The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway 

1345-1415    The Arctic safety and security policy of the EU and Denmark/Greenland
Professor Uffe Jakobsen, University of Copenhagen and University of Greenland, Denmark

1415-1430    Comments and discussion:
Professor Valur Ingimundarson, University of Iceland, Iceland 

1430-1500    Coffee and cakes
1500             Departure from Bodø.

THEME: THE MARITIME ACTIVITY IN THE HIGH NORTH AND RISK PATTERNS
Chair:    Senior Advisor Ole Kolstad, Nordland county administration, Norway 
1510-1530    The future activity level in the High North and the risk patterns in different sea regions
Senior researcher Nataly Marchenko, UNIS-The University Center in Svalbard, Norway 

1530-1550     Potential gaps in the preparedness system of the High North - the need for innovation
Professor Odd Jarl Borch, Nord University, Norway

1550-1630    Comments and discussion:
Director Bent-Ove Jamtli, The Joint Rescue Coordination Center Northern Norway,
Norway 
Senior advisor John Evensen, The Norwegian Coastal Administration, Norway

1630-1640    Short coffee break

THEME: COOPERATION FOR INCREASED CAPACITY WITHIN ARCTIC MARITIME PREPAREDNESS

1640-1700    The activity level and capacities for preparedness in Arctic Russia – cooperation in the Russian SAR preparedness system
Researcher Svetlana Kuznetsova, NARFU- The Northern Arctic Federal University,  Russia

1700-1720    The US Coast Guard and cooperation within SAR operations-coordination challenges in the Arctic
Lt. Charles Lumpkin, Center for Arctic Strategy and Policy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, USA
 

1720-1740    The BASEC cooperation between oil companies in the Barents Sea –cooperative benefits and challenges in building the necessary preparedness capacities
Representative for the Barents Sea Exploration Collaboration
HSSE Manager Svein Olav Drangeid, OMV, Norway

1740-1815    Comments and discussions
Project manager Ann Christin Auestad, Arctic Safety Centre, UNIS, Norway 
Senior Advisor Lars Vollen, Maritime Forum North, Norway

1815     End of 1st day’s session

1900    Dinner


Tuesday October 18, 2016
0800    (Departure Harstad)

Chair:  Senior Researcher Nataly Marchenko, UNIS, Spitsbergen, Norway 

THEME:  THE COMPLEXITY OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AT SEA
0900-0930    Managerial challenges in dealing with large-scale emergencies at sea
Professor Jens-Uwe Schröder-Hinrichs, World Maritime University, Sweden

0930-0950    Arctic explorer cruise and contingency preparedness on board the vessels 
Director Frigg Jørgensen, AECO -the Arctic Explorer Cruise Organization, Norway

0950-1010    How to deal with ongoing violent action at sea- the interplay between police, paramedics and the fire brigade
Ole Sæverud Head of Police, Tromso Police District, Norway (tbc)

1010-1045    Comments and discussions:
Department Head Hans Kristian Madsen, DSB- The Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection, Norway 
Director Karsten Steinvik, Section for Societal Safety and Preparedness, The County governor of Nordland, Norway
Special Consultant Henrik Kildsgaard Jensen, the National Contingency and Coordination Department, Danish Police Directorate, Denmark. 

1045-1115    Coffee break

THEME: EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXERCISES
1115-1135    Tools for training within SAR for vessel crew – the use of simulators 
Commander Petter Lunde, The Royal Norwegian Naval Academy, Norway 
        
1135-1155    Training for maritime operations in polar waters – fulfillment of the Polar code
Director Sergey Aysinov, Professional development programmes Institute, Admiral Makarov state university of maritime and inland shipping, Russia


1155-1215    Education, training and exercises for professionals in joint operations - the need for competence centers
Director Roar Johansen, The Norwegian Fire Protection Institute, Norway

1215-1300    Comments and discussions:
Deputy chief Ronny A. Hagen Langfjord,  Salten fire brigade,  Norway 
Professor Norvald Kjerstad, NTNU, Norway 
Professor Jim Parsons, Memorial University, Canada 

1300-1400    Lunch

THEME: INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AND THE ROLE OF INSTITUTIONS
Chair: Uffe Jakobsen
1400-1430     Counterterrorism in the Russian Arctic-legal framework and central actors
Fellow Ingvill Moe Elgsaas, IFS- Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies, The Norwegian Defence University College, Norway

1430-1500    Bilateral agreements and cooperation between Norway and Russia within oil spill preparedness
Professor Are Sydnes, UiT- The Arctic University of Norway, Norway

CLOSING ADDRESS
1500-1515    Maritime Preparedness, Risk Factors, and International Collaboration
Professor Valur Ingimundarson, University of Iceland, Iceland

1515-1540    Coffee and snacks
1540     Disembarking from MV Polarlys in Tromso and bus to the Fram Centre.

1600-1730    Visit to the Arctic Council secretariat
- information about the role of the EPPR- The Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response Working Group, The Fram centre, Tromso

Director Magnus Jóhannesson, the Arctic Council Secretariat
Executive Secretary Patti Bruns, ACAP and EPPR committees, Arctic Council

1800    Bus/taxi to the airport



 
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