Academic Symposium on Arctic Shipping

Hapag-Lloyd Center of Shipping and Global Logistics

19 June 2019

Academic Symposium on Arctic Shipping

Hapag-Lloyd Center of Shipping and Global Logistics

19 June 2019

As a result of climate change and the consequent more favourable navigational conditions in the Arctic regions, there has been a lot of interest in the use of the Northern Sea-Route for shipping. Recently China also expanded its New Silk Road Initiative to include the Northern Sea-Route and with an increasing number of cruise vessels, commercial ships and vast natural resources to be exploited, shipping through the Arctic has captured the attention of policy makers, industry and the imagination of the general public.

The Arctic, however, remains an inhospitable and difficult environment for shipping, it is a particularly delicate ecosystem and the communities in its sparsely populated regions have often struggled to survive. To what extent will we see a large increase in shipping in the Arctic? What consequences will this have for global supply chains? What conditions should be put in place to ensure a sustainable exploitation of the Arctic? And what development opportunities can Arctic shipping bring to these regions?

These and other topics will be discussed in a symposium at the Kühne Logistics University (KLU) in Hamburg organised by the Hapag-Lloyd Center for Shipping and Global Logistics (CSGL). The symposium will bring together experts in the areas of shipping, political sciences and geography to investigate new perspectives for arctic shipping developments.

The symposium will be followed by a small reception.

Key-Note Speaker

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Prof. Uwe Nixdorf

Head of Logistics and Research Platforms / Deputy Director

Alfred Wegener Institut, Helmholtz-Zentum für Polar- und Meeresforschung (AWI), Bremerhaven (Germany)

Uwe Nixdorf is affiliated with the Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz-Zentum für Polar- und Meeresforschung (AWI), in Bremerhaven since 1986. Uwe Nixdorf started at AWI with a wintering at the Georg-von-Neumayer Station in Antarctica. During his PhD he studied tensional faults with geodetical and seismological methods. Since then he has made contributions to the study of mass balance of polar ice sheets using different methods ranging from reflection seismics, ground based and airborne radar systems to radar altimetry. Using these methods Uwe Nixdorf has experience in the development and implementation of new field technologies.

Since 2004 Uwe Nixdorf is part of the department of logistics and research platforms.

Since 2009 he is head of this department.

Since 2015 Uwe Nixdorf is deputy director of the Alfred-Wegener-Institut.



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Prof. Daria Gritsenko

Assistant Professor at the Aleksanteri Institute and Helsinki Center for Digital Humanities

University of Helsinki (Finland)

Daria Gritsenko is an Assistant professor at the Aleksanteri Institute and Helsinki Center for Digital Humanities, University of Helsinki (Finland). She holds a PhD in Political Science (2014) and a title of Docent in Environmental Policy (2018), both from the University of Helsinki. She specializes in public policy with a focus on policy-making activities of non-state actors, (large) infrastructure governance and environmental sustainability. Her most recent research has targeted the digital transformation of the state and society in the light of the broader sustainability concerns. Her worked appeared or is forthcoming in the Energy Policy, Energy Research and Social Science, Transport Policy, Geoforum, Policy Studies Journal, and Governance. In 2017, Daria co-founded Digital Russia Studies (DRS), a scholarly network aimed at developing new ideas for combining data science and social sciences. In 2018-19, she was a Fellow of the prestigious Fulbright Arctic Initiative and a Visiting Scholar at the IERES (GWU), investigating pathways of renewable energy development in the Russian Arctic.


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Prof. Mikaa Mered

Professor of Arctic and Antarctic geopolitics

ILERI School of International Relations, Paris (France)

Mikaa Mered is professor of Arctic and Antarctic geopolitics, and head of the MPI degree programme on Overseas France and Environmental International Cooperation at the ILERI school of international relations in Paris, France. He is also adjunct lecturer in geopolitics and international relations at NEOMA Business School (Rouen, France), external expert-evaluator to the European Commission, and member of the Humanities and Social Sciences Expert Group of the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR). After 7 years as an Arctic/Antarctic political risk and market analyst in the private sector, he served as Arctic advisor to the senator for Saint-Pierre-and-Miquelon (2015-2017). His first monograph, "The Polar Worlds", will be published in September 2019 by the French University Press.


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Prof. Adolf Ng

Professor in Transportation and Supply Chain Management / Senior Fellow, St. John’s College, University of Manitoba, Canada

Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba (Canada)

Adolf K.Y. Ng is a professor in transportation and supply chain management at the Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba, Canada, and a senior fellow of St. John’s College of the same university. He received his DPhil from the University of Oxford, UK, and research interests include transport geography, global supply chains, climate change adaptation, sustainability, and Arctic shipping. He is the recipient of prestigious fellowships and academic awards, such as the Fulbright Scholar Program (USA), Endeavour Research Fellowship (Australia), and Rh Award for Outstanding Contributions to Scholarship and Research (Canada). Currently, he is a senior editor of European Journal of International Management an associate editor of Maritime Policy & Management and The Asian Journal of Shipping and Logistics, and a Council Member of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME).


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Dr. Andreas Raspotnik

Senior Researcher

High North Center for Business and Governance, Nord University, Bodø (Norway)

Dr. Andreas Raspotnik is a Senior Researcher at the High North Center for Business and Governance, Nord University, Bodø (Norway) and a Senior Fellow and Leadership Group Member at The Arctic Institute in Washington, DC. He is also a Senior Researcher at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Oslo. At the High North Center, he currently manages the three-year project AlaskaNor (2018-2021), that examines and compares the blue economy potential of Alaska and North Norway. His research and writing focus on European Union Arctic policies, maritime transportation, international law, and new technologies’ introduction to the North. He received his jointly-awarded PhD in Political Science from the University of Cologne, Germany, and the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom in October 2016. His book on The European Union and the Geopolitics of the Arctic was published by Edward Elgar in January 2018. Previously, Andreas was an EXACT Research Fellow at the University of Cologne and the Trans European Policy Studies Association in Brussels, Belgium (2011-2013). He has also held two Guest Researcher positions at FNI (2014 and 2015) and a Visiting Researcher position at the Institute of European Studies, University of California, Berkeley (2014/2015). He further worked as Parliamentary Assistant for an Austrian Member of the European Parliament (2010). Andreas also holds a Master of Laws in International Law of the Sea from the University of Tromsø, Norway and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Vienna, Austria. He further received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Vienna.


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Runa Skarbø


DNV GL Maritime Advisory, Høvik (Norway)

Runa A. Skarbø is a consultant with the DNV GL Maritime Advisory in Høvik, Norway. She works with advisory services for compliance with IMO’s Polar Code and general issues related to shipping operations and navigation in high latitudes and cold climate. Skarbø holds a master's degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Technology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), where she specialized in marine systems design and logistics and Arctic shipping. Since 2015, she has been a PhD candidate at NTNU, where the main focus of her research has been ice drift prediction related to mitigation of impact from sea ice on marine operations. The research is affiliated with the two centres for research-based innovation "Sustainable Arctic Marine and Coastal Technology" (SAMCoT, NTNU) and "Centre for Integrated Remote Sensing and Forecasting for Arctic Operations" (CIRFA, the Arctic University of Norway (UiT), Tromsø). Her research interests include drift prediction of sea ice and icebergs, ice loads on ships and structures, remote sensing and Arctic shipping and operations.


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Marten van den Bossche

Director Global Practice Transport, Infrastructure and Mobility

Ecorys, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)

Marten van den Bossche has a professional experience of 34 years of which 30 years with Ecorys. He is currently Director of the Global Priactice of Transport, Infrastructure and Mobility of Ecorys. Marten has experience in the following sectors: transport, logistics, mobility and regional development, with a focus on the road sector, rail and ports and maritime sector. During his career Marten has worked in numerous (200+) studies for a great variety of clients, and in many countries (+20) around the world. These projects included institutional building, (maritime) transport policy and sector studies, trade & traffic forecasting, feasibility studies, (regional) economic impact studies and demand & supply analysis. Marten is an experienced trainer, and participates regularly in international conferences as speaker and/or chairman. He has published several academic articles on job-related topics and is co-author of two books. Marten presented an article on the long term feasibility of maritime flows in the Arctic during the last International Transport Forum organised by the OECD in Paris in April 2019.


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Richard von Berlepsch

Managing Director Fleet Management

Hapag-Lloyd AG (HLAG), Hamburg (Germany)

Richard v.Berlepsch started his career as a sailor in 1982. After receiving his master license in 1987 he sailed on LPG and several Container vessels in worldwide trade. After 4 years Mr. v.Berlepsch decided to visit a technical college completing his education in 1993 with a Chief engineer license. Until end of 2001 he sailed several Panmax and Postpanmax container vessels as Master and chief engineer. During this period he spent several months in supervision of new buildings on Korean yards. After 14 years of service at sea, Mr. v.Berlepsch joined the Hapag Lloyd Head office (HLAG) in 2002 and stepped up to the position of  Managing Director Fleet Management. He is responsible for the Crewing, nautical and technical management as well as quality management  of the HL AG owned Container fleet.


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Uwe Will

Senior Consultant

bremenports GmbH & Co. KG, Bremen (Germany)

From 1980 until 2002 I was appointed by the Senator (Minister) for Ports, Transport and Shipping as Personal Assistant, Advisor (Referent) for Political Affairs, Public Relations and Port Marketing, directly reporting to the Senator. In addition, in 2000, internal project leader of a transfer process of the public port administration of Bremen. The result is “bremenports GmbH & Co. KG”. In 2002 I shifted to bremenports as Head of Marketing and Sales and from 2008 until 2013 as Head of International Projects. During this period, we started with the Finnafjord-Project. In 2014 the Senator for Economic Affairs, Labour and Ports appointed me as Executive Chairman of “VIA BREMEN Foundation”, the logistics’ marketing platform of the Federal State of Bremen, as well as Managing Director of BHV Bremen Port Promotion Association. Since July 2016 I retired, but still being active as Senior Consultant for bremenports.



9:00-9:30 amRegistration
9:30-10:00 amKey-note address by Prof. Uwe Nixdorf, Alfred Wegener Institut, Bremerhaven (Germany)
"Developments in the Arctic: geophysical perspective"
10:00-11:10 amSession 1: The Science of the Arctic and Shipping
11:10-11:30 amCoffee break
11:30 am-12:30 pmSession 2: Infrastructure, Geopolitics and Shipping in the Arctic
12:30-1:30 pmPanel Discussion
1:30-2:30 pmReception


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Prof. Dr. Michele Acciaro

Associate Professor of Maritime Logistics / Director Hapag-Lloyd Center for Shipping and Global Logistics (CSGL)

Kühne Logistics University - KLU

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Dr. Katharina Renken

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