MARPART Newsletter - August 2018
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Marpart Reports: Marpart report 3 available

Marpart project report 3 “Maritime preparedness systems in The Arctic: institutional arrangements and potential for collaboration” was published at the start of this summer.

A major interest of the Marpart project has been to analyze potential bilateral and multilateral cooperation for maritime preparedness in the High North. Report 3 discusses the current systems as well as developments and trends when it comes to institutional arrangements for preparedness across the Arctic.

Scholars from Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Russia reflect on maritime preparedness of their countries and highlight opportunities and challenges for maritime bilateral and multilateral cooperation from an institutional perspective.

The report focuses on three fields of preparedness: 
•    Search and rescue
•    Oil spill response
•    Counterterrorism

Among other findings, the report concludes, that the countries are significantly different when it comes to language, culture, institutional frameworks and roles in international politics that may hamper cooperation.

However, to provide an adequate and timely emergency response, it is critical to pool resources especially when it comes to large-scale emergencies and emergency preparedness in the remote areas of the High North. 

There seems to be a consensus among the countries for the need of improved search and rescue service and oil spill response in the High North. The aforementioned bilateral and multilateral agreements and joint exercises play important roles in this development.

This report aims to provide a common understanding of formal institutions influencing on the the emergency preparedness systems  of the High North.

The full report is available at

Figure 1 Title page - Marpart Project Report3

UArctic congress 2018: Science Session on “Innovative collaboration within Arctic safety and security management” (University of Oulu; 5th September 2018)

At this year’s University of the Arctic (UArctic) Congress, the UArctic Thematic Network on Arctic Safety and Security is organizing a science session with oral presentations and discussions. The thematic network includes a large share of institutions of the MARPART-consortium.

The main topic of the session is “Innovative collaboration within Arctic safety and security management”

 The presentations will be focusing on:
•    Decision-support technology in order to increase emergency response capacities
•    Contribution to safety and security management and connectivity
•    Training and exercise infrastructure for knowledge dissemination

Join the session – details about location and program are available on the UArctic Congress webpage:

Figure 2 Short description of the UArctic Network (Source:

Education: New emergency management study program starts this autumn at Nord university

The Master program “Preparedness and Emergency Management” (MASIK) starts this autumn at Nord university in Bodo. On August 28th, about 60 students with experience in preparedness and response from different fields will come to Bodø for the opening and the first session of lectures. Participants include practitioners from:

•    Police
•    Fire departments
•    The Armed Forces
•    SAR agencies
•    Paramedics
•    Health care
•    Oil and gas industry
•    Municipalities and county governors
•    Red cross

Simulation-based exercises are arranged at the Nord university simulator center NORDLAB together with the Nord Marpart team. The research results from the Marpart projects will be used in the study materials. During this autumn professor Odd Jarl Borch and associate professor Natalia Andreassen will start lecturing on preparedness organizations and crisis response. 

A detailed description of the program is available at:


Further info: Education and recent publications


A master course for international students called Shipping in the Arctic has been arranged this summer by the UiS at the University Center in Svalbard (UNIS) in Longyearbyen. Professor Odd Jarl Borch lectured about 

“Future industry development and transportation in the Arctic / and Safety security and emergency preparedness in the High North”. 

A special focus was on the cruise industry’s ambitions in the Arctic region.

Further information about the course are available at the UNIS webpage:


Dalaklis, Dimitrios, and Evi Baxevani. "Maritime transport in the Arctic after the introduction of the Polar Code: A discussion of the new training needs." Sustainable Shipping in a Changing Arctic. Springer, Cham, 2018. 383-398.

Andreassen, Natalia; Borch, Odd Jarl; Kuznetsova, Svetlana; Markov, Sergey V. (2018) Emergency Management in Maritime Mass Rescue Operations – The Case of the High Arctic. I: Sustainable Shipping in a Changing Arctic. Springer Nature, ISBN 978-3-319-78424-3.

Marchenko, Nataliya; Andreassen, Natalia; Borch, Odd Jarl; Kuznetsova, Svetlana; Ingimundarson, Valur; Jakobsen, Uffe. (2018) Arctic Shipping and Risks: Emergency Categories and Response Capacities. International Journal on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation; Volume 12.(1) s. 107-114

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