Centre for High North Logistics (CHNL)

CHNL promotes economically and environmentally sustainable, reliable and innovative transport and logistics solutions in the High North. This we do through contributions to research and development (R&D), educational programs and dissemination of research results, advisory activity and information sharing for and together with businesses, public authorities, NGOs and other stakeholders.

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About CHNL

CHNL was established in 2009 as a business foundation (stiftelse), managed by a director and a board of directors, in order to create an international knowledge hub on Arctic transportation and logistics for businesses, research institutions and public authorities. The goal was that CHNL would be a bridge between academia and the business community and a key mediator of knowledge of transportation and logistics opportunities and challenges in the Arctic. 

The initial Barents 2020 project to establish CHNL was part of the Global Maritime Knowledge Hub (GMKH) initiative launched by the Oslo Maritime Network and the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association in 2008. The purpose of GMKH was to increase maritime research and education as well as exploit synergies between the various technological and economic maritime disciplines. The main funding for CHNL between 2009 and 2015 came from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Tschudi Shipping Company, with additional contributions from DNV GL, Norwegian Shipowners’ Association, and Nord University.

CHNL became a university center at the Nord University Business School in Bodo in 2016 with yearly contribution from the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. The center continues to be managed by a director and a board of directors representing the business and academic community.

  • CHNL’s research staff is located at Nord University Business School in Bodo.
  • CHNL’s administrative office is in Kirkenes in North Norway close by the Norwegian-Russian border. CHNL’s managing director is based in Kirkenes. 
  • CHNL’s Information Office is based in Murmansk, NW Russia. The Head of the CHNL’s Information Office based in Murmansk.
CHNL’s Goals
  • CHNL will be the leading academic center for information and research on Arctic transportation and logistics and the preferred source of information for businesses and the industry.
  • CHNL will strengthen research and educational cooperation with leading Norwegian and international research and educational institutions on Arctic transport and logistics.
  • CHNL will strengthen its network and cooperation through strategic partnerships with key Norwegian and international research organizations, NGO’s and businesses. 
  • CHNL will provide short courses and seminars for national and international business on Arctic transport and logistics operations and infrastructure development, opportunities and challenges, to promote knowledge sharing and contribute to value creation.
CHNL’s Main Activities
  • Conduct research, manage projects and case studies
  • Publication of books, book chapters, proceedings, articles in journals and magazines
  • Organization of conferences, workshops, short courses and seminars 
  • Student advising, assisting other researchers, lecturing, and curriculum development
  • Networking and cooperation with Norwegian and foreign universities and research organizations (e.g. from Russia, US Alaska, Canada, South-Korea, Japan, China etc.)
  • Provide information and critical data to commercial shipping and support industries on current transport and logistics operations in the Arctic and future development.

Research Priority Areas

CHNL’s research strategy is in line with Nord University and the Nord University Business School’s strategy plan 2020, where the goal is to establish CHNL as a leading research center in Norway in Artic maritime transportation and logistics.
CHNL’s research is in support of Norwegian Government’s Panorama Strategy for Cooperation on Higher Education and Research with Japan, China and Russia (2016-2020) and the Norwegian Government’s Arctic Strategy.  

CHNL’s research will strengthening research cooperation between Norway, Russia, Japan, China, and South Korea in the field of Arctic transportation and logistics. This includes strengthening ties and cooperation between both academia and businesses, including commercial shipping, logistics companies, and port authorities in all five countries. 

CHNL’s research results will benefit commercial shipping companies, cargo owners, and service and logistics operators interested in take advantage of what Arctic shipping has to offer in the future and subsequently increase their competitiveness on the international shipping market. Offshore supply and port operators will also benefit from the research results, in terms of tailoring products and services to match operational transport and logistics systems in the Arctic. The Centre’s focus is on transport and logistics solutions that provide the needed safety and reliability and importantly minimize the environmental footprint of future Arctic operations.

CHNL will submit research proposals to national and international funding agencies in cooperation with partner institutions. The research will focus on several priority research themes which are listed below. These thematic research areas will also be the basis for developing educational materials and course offerings. CHNL’s research priority areas are:

Ship Traffic Analysis 

Main research question: What characterizes current shipping activity along the Eurasian Arctic coast and which changes are likely to occur by 2030? Collect satellite AIS data and other statistical data on ship traffic. The geographic area of the study spans from the Barents Sea off the coast of Norway and along the Russia’s Northern Sea Route (NSR) to the Bering Sea. Predict how the shipping traffic will develop in the future. Maritime transport analyzed includes Russian cabotage, destination and international transit traffic between NE Asian and NW European markets. Sailing tracks and other critical shipping information displayed on interactive GIS maps. Commercial shipping companies, offshore service companies, government authorities and several other stakeholders need this information to be able to assess their possible future role in transportation and logistics infrastructure development in the Eurasian Arctic, and regional social-economic development. Ship traffic data is also needed for SAR, emergency services and oil spill preparedness and response. 

Operational Conditions for Shipping in Arctic Waters 

Main research question: How do vessels’ operational conditions and sailing speed differ throughout the year in the Arctic based on vessels’ ice-classes and icebreaker assistance, and how do sea ice characteristics and different weather conditions impact vessels operations? Additional questions include: What are likely vessels’ operational conditions for year-round sailing in the eastern part of the NSR? What navigational support technologies are needed to further improve the development of navigation in the High North? What type of training shall crew undergo to operate under extreme conditions in the Arctic? How can mandatory requirements of the Polar Code be implemented and enforced in the Arctic? The main purpose of this research theme is to create knowledge about critical navigational challenges (risks) for maritime operations in the High North and how shipping companies can prepare and mitigate those challenges. 

Eurasian Arctic Transportation and Logistics Infrastructure 

Main research question: What characterizes existing transport infrastructure along the Eurasian Arctic coast and what infrastructure development and long-term investments are likely to be associated with increased vessel traffic to 2030? The research will assess existing and proposed maritime infrastructure development in the Eurasian Arctic, including project-specific logistics infrastructure of energy and mineral development projects. The research will also assess the importance of inter-connecting transport infrastructures of river transport, railways, roadways, aviation, and pipelines, and assess which future changes (drivers) require the development of the transportation routes in the Arctic. The research aims at identifying the structural and logistics components of a future Arctic transportation and logistics system. Development of interactive Arctic transportation infrastructure maps, displaying several GIS mapping layers will provide all Arctic stakeholders, including Arctic businesses and investors, with a better understanding of both existing maritime infrastructure and future infrastructure needs based on predicted increased shipping activity.  

Emerging Logistics Concepts 

Main research question: How can new emerging logistics concepts such as blockchain and crowd shipping be used in the Arctic to optimize a future Arctic transportation and logistics system? With special focus on logistics systems in the High North and the implications for its current and future development, this thematic area focuses on new concepts in logistics, combined with new strategies to organize freight flows in ports and airports and assess how new innovative technologies will impact freight transport, greenhouse gas emissions and the environmental footprint.  Research within this theme will focus on how digitization of the whole supply chain and logistics concepts such as the Physical Internet and new disruptive technologies such as Blockchain, Shipping 4.0 and Industry 4.0, vehicle automation and truck platooning can be utilized to optimize transport and logistics operations. Also assess how new business models, like 'Crowd Shipping' and the ‘Circular Economy’ models will have an impact on regional and global freight transport, its optimization and its environmental footprint. 

Linkages between Regional Development and Transport and Logistics Systems

Main research question: Which Arctic regions and which types of businesses will benefit the most from suggested infrastructure development, and what would be the impact of connecting sparsely populated area in the Arctic with global value chains?  The focus of this theme is to investigate the relationship between reliable logistics and transport systems and its effects on regional social-economic development in the High North. Research activities include the analysis of connections between transportation and logistics needs and business development and value-creation; and how to connect these regions with global value chains, which will create a demand for physical flows of goods and services. How can river transport along the Russian Rivers and better railway connections promote industrial development and unlock the resource and industrial potential of Siberia? The research will also look at how indigenous and other populations living along the Arctic Coast have created resilient societies with a long history of sustainable food production and other local products. How can these populations get their high value products to the market and increase their share in the overall value chain, connect to innovation initiatives and new Arctic transportation routes. Research will develop knowledge to support evidence-based policy in relation to infrastructure development in the High North and connecting the research results with users of this knowledge (e.g., regional authorities, national authorities).  

Arctic Investments and Financing Mechanisms 

Main research question: What are the business and investment opportunities associated with transportation infrastructure development and increased vessel traffic in the Eurasian Arctic; and what are the investment risks? The research will assess the role private companies, public authorities, and public-private partnerships play in developing Arctic transportation routes and needed logistics infrastructure. How will infrastructure investments and increased connectivity improve the business environment and make Arctic businesses more profitable and competitive? How can these investments promote regional economic development and be a catalyst of local value creation in the Eurasian Arctic? To strengthen international business cooperation and private investments in the Arctic, international companies need more information about the current business environment in the Eurasian Arctic region, including various operational challenges and ways to overcome these challenges. This includes climate and environmental challenges, transport and logistical challenges, communication challenges, and information on legal and regulatory framework and state requirements.

Cargo Base for Arctic Transport 

Main research question: What types of cargo and cargo volumes could be transported on a sustainable basis via the NSR between markets in NE Asia and NW Europe by 2030? Identification of cargo types and volumes for future sustainable development of the Arctic routes. Research within this theme will tackle questions such as “what is the likely cargo demand for the NSR and market potential?” Which cargo-owners will create the greatest demand for the route at present and in the future?” 

Arctic Transshipment Hubs  

Main research question: What makes a port an important Arctic transshipment hub; and what is the socio-economic significance of Eurasian Arctic transshipment hubs for future development of shipping in the Arctic and in promoting regional and industrial development? Transshipment hubs in the northern latitudes could add a new dimension to global trade and be a catalyst for increased regional and industrial development in the High North. Increased transshipment simplifies the transport network allowing it to deal with increased volume resulting in reduced shipping costs. Such hubs could provide cargo storage facilities and various port and industrial services for shipping in the Eurasian Arctic. The research will analyse which market conditions and infrastructure and logistics system is required to develop efficient transshipment hubs in the Arctic. The research will analyse the significance of strategic location and connectivity, natural conditions, storage and port services, overall design criteria and infrastructure components of an innovative Arctic transshipment hub, including both onshore and offshore infrastructure components. 

Container and Multi-Purpose Vessel Shipping in the Arctic  

Main research question: What will make year-round container and general cargo shipping both technically and economically viable via the NSR between markets in NE Asia and NW Europe; and what type of transport and logistics system needs to be built for that to be possible? High ice-class Arctic shuttles would sail between two Arctic transshipment hubs on a year-round basis with or without icebreaker assistance. Non-ice-strengthened feeder vessels would then deliver cargo both to and from the hubs to final destinations. This will fully utilize specialized high-ice class Arctic vessels in the most economically efficient way, as these Arctic shuttles are only used on Arctic voyages. Part of the research will also evaluate the possibilities of multi-purpose vessels transporting general cargo and containers to and from the Far East to Sabetta and Arkhangelsk/Murmansk/Kirkenes; and export of metal/ore resources from Northern Norway and Siberia to the Far East. These transport routes will also consider inter-modal connections to river vessels and railways. 

Renewable and Hybrid Energy Systems in the Arctic  

Main research question: What role will renewable and hybrid (conventional + alternative) energy sources and systems play in future development of the Eurasian Arctic transportation and logistics system? Oil and natural gas exploitation and transport is the core activity of current maritime traffic in the Arctic. Additionally, most regions in the Arctic (excluding northern Scandinavia) depend on oil and gas for all their energy needs. Isolated Arctic communities with no connection to national grids rely on diesel generators for their energy needs. But the Arctic region does have renewable energy potential. This potential has been assessed, for example in the US Alaska (Alaska Renewable Energy Atlas project) and similar assessment is underway in Russia. So, the question is how can these renewable energy and alternative/hybrid sources and systems be better integrated to the future transportation and logistics system being developed in the Arctic?  

Reducing the Environmental Impacts of Arctic Shipping

The main research question: What is the current and projected local and global environmental impacts of Arctic shipping and how can this impact be mitigated by use of innovative technologies and new fuel sources? CHNL’s core mission is to contribute to environmentally sustainable transport solutions. The shipping industry is currently planning for the IMO’s 2020 vessels’ emission regulations and perhaps zero emissions by 2040. The green shift will require new technology and new logistical solutions. Research within this theme will help assess the environmental impacts of Arctic shipping and finding innovative ways to reduce this impact. This will tie directly into green technologies and green shipping, the Polar Code, the IMO emission regulations and AC PAME work on safeguarding the Arctic marine environment. 

Links between the Priority Research Areas 

The priority research areas are interrelated, in the sense that research results in one focus area will complement knowledge in a related area(s), which means that it is possible that publications of research results as well as future projects contribute to more than one thematic area. A central thematic priority area is “Arctic transport and logistics infrastructure”, which relates to all the other priority areas directly or indirectly.  



Updates about the project WASP

CHNL is partner in the project Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion (WASP). As part of this project, CHNL will develop adoption scenarios for WASP in the Northern Sea Region. Currently CHNL is producing one report which will be based on five installations of wind propulsion technology funded by the project WASP (Interreg North Sea Region). For further information, please check the project website​​.

  • The international project Eurasian Arctic Transportation and Logistics. CHNL is project leader; research partners from South Korea, Japan, China and Russia. Each partner funds his/her own research. Project period: 2019-2022.
  • The project Polar Ice: Implementation, Compliance and Enforcement of the Polar Code in Arctic Waters. CHNL is a research partner. The project is led by NORCE and funded by Fram Centre's Flagship Arctic Ocean. Project period 2019-2021.
  • Infrastructure Development in Russia's Arctic Zone: Between Geopolitics and Economics. Project in cooperation with FNI; CHNL's main tasks include study of investment needs on the NSR and study of implications of north-south infrastructure for the development of the Northern Sea Route (NSR). Funding (expected) from Norwegian Research Council; additional funding from CHNL. Project period: 2020-2022.
  • Handbook on Arctic Commercial Shipping: The Northern Sea Route's Transportation and Logistics System. Book project lead by CHNL. Funded by previous grant from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Arctic 2030 Program (2015-2016) and additional support from CHNL. Project period: 2020-2021.
  • The Sustainability of Commercial Shipping via the Northern Sea Route. PhD project at CHNL. Funded by the Nord University Business School and CHNL. Project period: 2019-2022.
  • Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in Nordland. Formation of CCS cluster in Nordland; evaluation of ship transport of liquified CO2 from selected industrial sites to offshore permanent storage sites. CHNL's participation funded by CHNL. Project period: 2019-2020.
  • Wind Assisted Ship Propulsion (WASP). CHNL is Norwegian partner in WP 4: Viable Business Models. Funded by the European Commission, Program INTERREG Northern Sea Region. Project period: 2019-2023.

  • The project Business Index North 2019. CHNL is an exert partner and contributor to the chapter on Maritime Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure along the Northern Sea Route. https://businessindexnorth.com/sites/b/businessindexnorth.com/files/binrapport2019_small.pdf

  • CHNL was invited to participate in a 50-person expert group (from 16 countries) assembled by the EU PolarNet to discuss and write five white papers on EU's future research needs in the Arctic. The EU-PolarNet White Paper Workshop took place in September 2017 in La Cristalera, Spain. 

  • The project Feasibility and Reliability of Shipping on the NSR and Modeling of an Arctic Marine Transportation & Logistics System. Joint project with partner from South Korea with additional partners from DNV GL, NTNU, and Norwegian Shipowners' Association. Project period: 2015-2016.
  • Partner in the NTNU's PhD project Arctic Field Logistics and Trans-Arctic Shipping: Development of New Business and Commercial Models for Arctic Transportation. Funded by NTNU. Project period: 2013-2016.
  • Establishment of CHNL's Information Office; first in Kirkenes in April 2011 and then the office was relocated to Murmansk, Russia, in January 2012; website was launched in April 2012 with the address www.arctic-lio.com; Funding came from the Norwegian Barents secretariat in Kirkenes. Project period: 2011-2012.
  • Establishment and development of the ARCTIS Database; the database system development (software and technical development) started in March 2011 and the database was launched online in January 2013 with the address www.arctis-search.​​com. Initial content of the database was based on the report generated from the Shipping in Arctic Waters Project. Funding only from CHNL. Project period: 2011-2014.
  • The project Demonstration Transit on the NSR in 2010; CHNL organized a workshop in Kirkenes in April 2010 attended by 27 participants from industry, universities and authorities in Norway and Russia to see if commercial international transit via the NSR was possible; the workshop led to the first international commercial transit sailing on the NSR in September 2010 from Kirkenes to Lianyungang in China. Project period: 2010.
  • The project Shipping in Arctic Waters; the project was an update and continuation of the comprehensive International Northern Sea Route Programme, INSROP 1993-1999; written by researchers from the Norwegian organization Ocean Futures and made available in a report in May 2010. Updated version of the report was published in 2013 by Springer-Verlag with the same title. Funding came from CHNL with additional financial support from Innovation Norway. Project period: 2009-2010.
  • The Project MARitime COmpetence (MARCO); mapping of future skills needed within the businesses located in the northern part of Norway in collaboration with ENI Norge and DNV GL. Funded by ENI Norge. Project period: 2010-2011.

Representative Publications

Garcia, Rosanna, Karin Wigger, and Roberto Rivas Hermann (2019): Challenges of Creating and Capturing Value in Open Eco-Innovation: Evidence from the Maritime Industry in Denmark. Journal of Cleaner Production 220: 642–54. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.02.027

Milakovic, Aleksander-Sasa, Bjorn Gunnarsson, Sergey Balmasov, Sungwon Hong, Kitae Kim, Peter Schutz, Soren Ehlers (2018): Current Status and Future Operational Models for Transit Shipping along the Northern Sea Route, Marine Policy 94, 53-60. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2018.04.027

Siegert, Martin, Sveinung Loset, Dan Carlson, Juanjo Danobeitia, Andrew Fleming, Bjorn Gunnarsson, Nils Arne Johnsen, Jon Borre Orbaek, Nicole Biebow (2018): Advancing Operational Informatics for Polar Regions, EU PolarNet White Paper No. 5, p. 51-58, published online by the EU PolarNet Consortium.

Poulsen, René Taudal, Roberto Rivas Hermann, Carla K. Smink (2018): Do Eco-Rating Schemes Improve the Environmental Performance of Ships? Marine Policy 87, 94-103. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2017.10.006

Hermann, Roberto Rivas (2017): Drivers for Environmental Technologies Selection in the Shipping Industry: A Case Study of the North European Sulphur Emission Control Area, International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management 20 (3/4): 139–62. https://doi.org/10.1504/IJETM.2017.089642

Hermann, Roberto Rivas, Karin Wigger (2017): Eco-Innovation Drivers in Value-Creating Networks: A Case Study of Ship Retrofitting Services, Sustainability 9 (5): 733. https://doi.org/10.3390/su9050733

Gunnarsson, Bjorn (2016): Future Development of the Northern Sea Route, Maritime-Executive.com Editorials, February 28, 2016. Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. http://www.maritime-executive.com/editorials/future-development-of-the-northern-sea-route

Hermann, Roberto Rivas, Mette Mosgaard, Søren Kerndrup (2016): Intermediaries Functions in Collaborative Innovation Processes: Retrofitting a Danish Small Island Ferry with Green Technology, International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development 10 (4): 361-383. https://doi.org/10.1504/IJISD.2016.079581

Hermann, Roberto Rivas, Carla K. Smink, Søren Kerndrup (2016): Partnerships for Environmental Technology Development in the Shipping Industry: Two Danish Case Studies. International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development 10 (3): 260-280. https://doi.org/10.1504/IJISD.2016.077503

Rivas-Hermann, Roberto, Jonathan Köhler, Arno E. Scheepens (2015): Innovation in Product and Services in the Shipping Retrofit Industry: A Case Study of Ballast Water Treatment Systems. Journal of Cleaner Production 106: 443-454. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.06.062

Gunnarsson, Bjorn (2014): The Future of Arctic Marine Operations and Shipping Logistics. In: Oran R. Young, Jong Deog Kim and Yoon Hyung Kim (eds.) The Arctic in World Affairs, A North Pacific Dialogue on the Future of the Arctic, 2013 North Pacific Arctic Conference Proceedings; p. 37-61, published by the Korea Maritime Institute and the East-West Center, Hawaii, (USA). http://large.stanford.edu/courses/2015/ph240/urban2/docs/2013arctic-lowres.pdf

Gunnarsson, Bjorn, & others (2006): North Meets North: Navigation and the Future of the Arctic. Report of a working group of the Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs (translated from the Icelandic original entitled Fyrir stafni haf issued February 2005); 63 p., published by the Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs. http://library.arcticportal.org/253/1/North_Meets_North_netutg.pdf

Gunnarsson, Bjorn & Nigel Chattey (2007): Energy as a Catalyst for Trans-Border Cooperation - A New Positive Debate on Environment and Regional Maritime Regimes. In: Greg Austin and Marie-Ange Schellekens-Gaiffe (eds.) Energy and Conflict Prevention, Anna Lindh Programme on Conflict Prevention, 2007 Edition, p. 137-153, Madariaga European Foundation and EastWest Institute, published by Gidlunds Förlag, Sweden. https://www.files.ethz.ch/isn/104336/2007_EnergyAndConflictPrevention_fulltext.pdf

Gunnarsson, Bjorn (2014): The Future of the Northern Sea Route. Maritime Security & Defence Journal (MS&D), August 2014, p. 12-14, published by DVV Media Group – Griephan, Hamburg, Germany.

Lin, Ning (2019): CO2 emissions mitigation potential of buyer consolidation and rail-based intermodal transport in the China-Europe container supply chains. Journal of Cleaner Production: 118121. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.118121

Lin, Ning, Harald Martin Hjelle, Kevin Cullinane, Rickard Bergqvist, Olav Eidhammer, Yuhong Wang, Zaili Yang, and Zhuohua Qu (2016): Potential solutions to upstream buyer consolidation in the China-Europe container trades - An exploratory study. International Conference on Logistics, Informatics and Service Sciences (LISS), pp. 1-11. IEEE, 2016.


Jager, Bjorn, and Ning Lin (2016): The changing nature of cargo container handling needs information sharing as a key performance indicator. International Conference on Logistics, Informatics and Service Sciences (LISS), pp. 1-9. IEEE, 2016.


Kovalenko, Alina, Maria Morgunova and Victoria Gribkovskaia (2018): Infrastructural synergy of the Northern Sea Route in the international context. Sinergia, Energeticheskaia Politika 4: 57-67, UDC 327+332.122+338.49

Knowledge Sharing

CHNL has taken part in a number of networking activities and knowledge sharing events - promoted cooperation and networking activities on Arctic shipping and logistics with partners coming from businesses, academia and public authorities.  In particular CHNL put emphasis on bringing relevant Russian, Norwegian, and international companies and organizations together to discuss what changes needs to take place to increase safety, reliability and minimize environmental impacts of shipping along the NSR.

CHNL has initiated and sponsored conferences and workshops on shipping in Arctic waters, including ship traffic analysis on the NSR, operational challenges, SAR and OSR facilities, port developments and other maritime infrastructure needs. CHNL's organized international events have taken place in Kirkenes, Oslo, St. Petersburg, Murmansk, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Anchorage, and Busan.

CHNL's researchers have delivered several presentations at conference and workshop in Norway and abroad which have been organized by other institutions and increasingly been given a central role in many of these events including keynote addresses.

CHNL has informed large number of Norwegian and foreign delegations visiting Oslo, Bodo, Kirkenes and CHNL IO office in Murmansk about CHNL's role and objectives, as well as shipping and logistics on NSR. This included government officials and members of foreign embassies from Russia, Finland, Iceland, France, India, Japan, South-Korea, China, Canada, and the United States. CHNL has participated at High North coordinating meetings at ministerial level and also provided several presentations at Norwegian ministries and local authorities.

Another important activity for CHNL has been to share information on Arctic shipping activity with the mass media. Interviews have been given to several key news services such as The Wall Street Journal; Reuters; Financial Times London; Le Monde, Forbes Russia, MOL Tokyo, National Geographic Digital Media Washington, and many others.

CHNL has built up an impressive international network of close partners with leading expertise in Arctic marine transportation and logistics. This network has given CHNL a good foundation to fill the ambition to be a key mediator of knowledge of logistics in the Arctic. CHNL has established cooperation with all the leading organizations in Russia with expertise in shipping, logistics and infrastructure development on the NSR. CHNL has also established close cooperation with institutions in Asia (China, South Korea and Japan) and North America (US Alaska and Canada).

Presentations or individual lectures have also been given at several Norwegian and foreign universities and research institutions.

CHNL IO in Murmansk, Russia, has handled large number of information requests from commercial shipping and logistics companies since June of 2011.


Name:                                     Mr. Kjell Stokvik

Position:                                  Managing Director of CHNL, based in Kirkenes, Norway

Previous Position(s):               Humanitarian Director for CARE International in Oslo, Norway

Master's Degree in Business and Administration from Nord University in Bodo

Research Interests:                
Kjell has expertise and interests in Arctic strategies and policies; geopolitics of the High North; and international research and educational cooperation and networking. Previously worked with finance, logistics, foreign policy issues related to humanitarian aid and development aid. Kjell has also gained experience managing NGO's in complexed relief operations both in the field and at HQ.

Email:                                    kjell.stokvik@nord.no

Telephone:                             (+47) 91 62 91 70

Name:                                     Dr. Bjorn Gunnarsson

Position:                                  Associate Professor and Senior Researcher at CHNL in Bodo, Norway

Previous Position(s):              Managing Director of CHNL (2011-2016)

PhD Degree from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA; and BSc Degree from the Department of Geology, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Research Interests:                
Bjorn has research, teaching and extensive academic and research management experience in the fields of (a) Arctic maritime transportation and logistics; (b) renewable energy resources and technologies; (c) impact assessment and mitigation of natural hazards; and (d) geochemical modelling and environmental geology. Current research interests are focused on Arctic shipping and ship traffic analysis; operational conditions for shipping in Arctic waters; transport infrastructure development and the linkages between regional socio-economic development and reliable, innovative and environmentally friendly transport and logistics systems in the High North. Other topics of interests are renewable and hybrid energy systems for use in remote Arctic communities and in minimizing the environmental footprint of future Arctic operations.

Email:                                      bjorn.gunnarsson@nord.no

Telephone:                              (+47) 95 46 70 93

Name:                                     Mr. Sergey Balmasov

Position:                                 Head of CHNL Information Office in Murmansk, Russia

Previous Position(s):
Senior Consultant within the Sector for Ports and Logistics at JSC Ramboll Barents (2009-2011)               

Engineer navigator, Murmansk State Technical University, Russia

Research Interests:
Sergey worked as ship navigator for 5 years and then became a director of ship agency company in Murmansk, Russia with responsibility for arrangement of vessel operations in ports including immigration and customs issues, cargo operations and coordination with various port authorities. Sergey has participated in many international projects in transport, logistics and port infrastructure development. At CHNL Sergey provides businesses, research institutions and international organizations with various information related to navigation on the Northern Sea Route. Sergey works on collecting, analyzing and making visual statistics information on shipping traffic in the Arctic.

Email:                                     sergey.balmasov@nord.no

Telephone:                             (+7) 91 13 10 90 69

Links/CV:                                Homepage of CHNL Information Office www.arctic-lio.com                                                                        https://www.linkedin.com/in/sergey-balmasov-6696ba58/

Name:                                     Dr. Roberto Rivas Hermann

Position:                                  Associate Professor and Researcher at CHNL in Bodo, Norway

Previous positions:                 
Postdoctoral researcher, Division of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Nord University Business School); Business development adviser (Kamca Forestal, Panama); Ph.D. research fellow (Aalborg University, Denmark); Research associate (Nitlapan Institute for Local Development; Nicaragua); Environmental Engineer (Environmental Protection and Control, Nicaragua)

PhD Degree in Planning and Development (Aalborg University, Denmark); M.Sc. in Environmental Studies (Joint European Master Aalborg University and Technical University of Hamburg, Harburg); Eng. in Environmental Quality (University of Central America, Nicaragua)

Research Interest(s):              
Roberto has 10+ years professional and academic experience in socio-economical aspects linked to environmental protection. At CHNL Roberto carries out research on environmental planning, infrastructure and logistic development in the High North. He collaborates with the projects on transshipment hubs and Arctic ports. Overall, Roberto is interested in industry-wise strategies to reduce environmental impact from shipping - at level of the ship technology, through cleaner technologies and retrofit. At the level of the logistics system the impact of new logistic concepts and routes into the reduction of emission from international shipping.

Email:                                      roberto.r.hermann@nord.no

Telephone:                             (+47) 75 51 78 39

Links/CV:                                https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Roberto_Rivas_Hermann  




Name:                                     Dr. Ning Lin

Position:                                  Researcher at CHNL in Bodo, Norway

 PhD Degree in Logistics from Molde University College (HiMolde), Norway

Research Interest:                  
Ning's PhD project focused on more efficient Asia-Europe supply chains characterized by upstream store-level/buyer consolidation and downstream rail/short-sea based intermodal solutions, which would benefit actors in the transport and retailing industry. This new approach has the potential to save on logistics cost and minimize environmental impacts through lowering the emissions of greenhouse gases and reducing negative health impacts from transport in congested and densely populated areas. It may also have positive impacts on logistics lead-time and supply chain resilience. Ning will contribute to CHNL in the field of ship traffic analysis and transport economics.

Email:                                      ning.lin@nord.no

Telephone: (+47) 75517246   





Name:                                     Mr. Henrik Falck

Position:                                 Senior Advisor at CHNL and CEO of Tschudi Bio 

 Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration (Hautes Etudes Commerciales) at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Research Interests:
Henrik has 40 years of international shipping experience. He was the co-founder of the first commercial shipbroking company in Russia in 1991 and part owner of a Russian shipping company operating 20 river-seagoing vessels under Russian flag. Henrik was the operation manager at Wilhelmsen Ships Service in Russia, Poland, Baltic countries and Finland from 2005 till 2008. He was a project manager at Tschudi Shipping from 2008 to 2017. Presently Henrik is the CEO of Tschudi Bio Company working on commercializing a patented technology for processing low value wood to high value products by combining Norwegian maritime and forestry expertise.

Email:  hf@tschudishipping.no

Telephone: +47 67 11 98 80

Name:                                     Ms. Alina Kovalenko

Position:                                  PhD Research Fellow at CHNL in Bodo, Norway

MSc Degree in Logistics from Molde University College (HiMolde) in Norway: MSc Degree in Management from Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, Moscow, Russia

Research Interests:                
Alina's prior research dealt with linear-programming models for transport optimal solutions of distribution companies in the petroleum industry in Russia. She is currently a PhD research fellow at CHNL within Nord University Business School in Bodo, The title of her PhD project is "The sustainability of commercial cargo shipping via the Northern Sea Route". Alina's main research interests is development of Arctic shipping, Euro-Asian maritime trade and operational models for transit shipping via the NSR.


Email:                                     alina.kovalenko@nord.no

Telephone:                             (+47) 75517928





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Name:   Dhaneswara Al Amien

Position:  PhD Research Fellow at the Nord University and CHNL in Bodo, Norway

Previous positions:                
Data analyst intern at the APM Terminals Gothenburg (Sweden); Ocean Engineer at Rayasurverindo Tirtasarana (Indonesia); Marine Civil Engineer at Diver Marine Contracting LLC (UAE); Marine Civil Engineer at PT Indostraits Tbk (Indonesia).

M.Sc. in Maritime Management (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden); ESITC Summer Workshop of Port and Maritime Works (ESITC Caen, France); B.Sc. in Ocean Engineering (Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia).

Research Interest(s):

Dhanes has seven years of diverse experiences in the maritime industry and academia. He previously  involved in the maritime transport projects, marine infrastructure works, and academic research in the field. He is passionate about project management, data analytics, sustainability study, and multi-dimensional analysis. Dhanes also have experience in leading international student during his past studies.

At the CHNL, He carries out research on the business study of autonomous shipping at the Arctic region. He is currently working as a PhD research fellow at the NORD University with research title of An Agent-Based Modeling Approach to Autonomous Shipping Adoption in European Inland Shipping and Conceptual Insights from the Arctic Environments.

Email:                                      dhaneswara.a.amien@nord.no

Telephone:                             (+47) 75 51 78 27



Board of Directors

Mr. Felix H. Tshcudi, Chairman of CHNL's Board of Directors

Tschudi Shipping Company, Oslo, Norway  

Dr. Erlend Bullvag

Nord University Business School, Bodo, Norway

Dr. Ulla Tapaninen

Helsinki City Council, Helsinki, Finland

Dr. Frode Mellemvik

Nord University Business School, Bodo, Norway

Mr. Mikko Niini

Navidom Ltd., Helsinki, Finland

Dr. Anne Husebekk

UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromso, Norway

Dr. Jan Kvaalsvold

DNV GL, Oslo, Norway

Dr. Tori Inga Roe Utvik

E​quinor, Stavanger, Norway

Mr. Kevin Luneborg Thomassen

Norwegian Shipowners' Association, Oslo, Norway

CHNL staff
CHNL staff.

Contact Information

Mr. Kjell Stokvik 
Managing Director of CHNL
(+47) 91 62 91 70 (Kirkenes, Norway)

Dr. Roberto Rivas Hermann
Associate Professor and Researcher at CHNL
(+47) 75 51 78 39 (Bodo, Norway)

Mr. Sergey Balmasov
Head of CHNL Information Office
(+7) 91 13 10 90 69 (Murmansk, Russia)