Focus on political and institutional context and emergency management competence at the 5th MARPART-conference

The 5th Marpart-Conference “Maritime Preparedness Partnership And Emergency Management in the High North“ was held on board the Hurtigruten costal cruiser “MS Polarlys”, sailing from Bodø to Tromsø, Norway, 17 - 18 October 2016.

The conference was held under the framework of the MARPART project (

The conference gathered around 60 participants representing government institutions, industry representatives, universities and research institutions from eight Arctic countries. The MARPART conference represents a valuable meeting place between industry, government. Preparedness professionals and academia in relation to emergency preparedness and management in the Arctic region.

The conference program included discussions around the responsibilities for continuous improvements and innovations within the preparedness system in the High North. One of the sessions highlighted the Arctic policies of Norway, Denmark, Greenland and the EU, as well as their respective priorities in the field of safety and security in Arctic waters. Another session focused on assessment of risk patterns in different maritime regions, followed by a discussion about the need for innovation to counter gaps in preparedness systems. Conference participants also discussed SAR coordination capabilities in Russia and the United States, as well as the Barents Sea Exploration Collaboration (BASEC) a cooperation between the oil companies with licenses in the Norwegian part of the Barents Sea. The importance of emergency maritime management, with special focus on large scale-emergencies were developed. An efficient Search and Rescue value chain is of special importance when it comes to cruise ship activity with larger vessels. This activity is expected to increase after the successful tour through the North West passage with MV Crystal Serenity with this summer.

Finally, educational issues including training for vessel crews following the implementation of the Polar Code and key personnel within the emergency preparedness system were discussed, including counter-terrorism.

All above-mentioned topics fit well into the core themes of the MARPART project. The conference contributed to a better understanding of instruments for deepening cooperation on preparedness in a broad sense, both within generalized state-to-state framework as well as on the institutional and public-private levels.

The conference organizers are grateful to all key speakers and participants for their contribution to conference discussion

The conference presentations can be downloaded here:

Borch_Potential gaps in the preparedness system_Marpart.pdf

Trond Gabrielsen_UD_Norway’s Arctic policy_Marpart.pdf


Marchenko_Activity Level Risk Patterns_Marpart.pdf

Drangeid_BaSEC_Marpart 2016.pdf

Kuznetsova_Arctic Cooperation_NARFU_MARPART.pdf


Saeverud_Mass Rescue_Police_Marpart.pdf

Schroder-Hinrichs_Managerial Challenges_MARPART.pdf

Olsen_Master_Aerial unit coordination_Marpart.pdf

Aysinov_Training for Maritime Operations_Marpart.pdf

Johansen_Fire academy_competence centers_Marpart.pdf

Lunde_Simulators-training_ MARPART.pdf

Sydnes_Cooperation within OSP_MARPART.pdf


5th Marpart Conference-Closing Remarks-Valur Ingimundarson.pdf