Video On Demand

Ice Floes and Global Economic Woes: The Future of Arctic Shipping Considered

January 14, 2016 • 12:00 – 1:30 am EST


Ms. Helen Brohl
Executive Director, U.S. Committee on Marine Transportation System

Director General Ida Skard
Director General, Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

Charlotte Demeer Strøm
Director - Head of International Politics, Norwegian Shipowners’ Association

Dr. Lawson Brigham
Distinguished Professor of Geography & Arctic policy, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Moderated by:

Ms. Heather A. Conley
Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia and the Arctic; Director, Europe Program, CSIS

This timely discussion will analyze the current and future state of play related to destination shipping and transshipment across the Arctic region.  As energy and commodity prices have plummeted and global economic growth softens, significant new Arctic investments have also slowed.  How has this impacted Arctic shipping?  Additionally, on January 1, 2017, the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code) will likely enter into force with subsequent adjustments to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) and the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS).  How will implementation of the Polar Code impact Arctic shipping?  Finally, as Arctic states are focusing on enhanced Arctic maritime safety, stewardship, and domain awareness, there continues to be a lack of Arctic marine infrastructure, particularly in the U.S.  What is the latest state of play on improving maritime infrastructure?

Heather A. Conley