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25 - 28 April 2017
Helsinki Congress Paasitorni,

Gain insights into new opportunities for shipping in the Arctic and harsh environments

ASF 2016 Overview

Delegates 2016
  • Put the spotlight on the real picture of Arctic projects in the next 5-10 years
  • Heard from China on their current activities in the Arctic
  • Assessed the latest on new technology and materials for ice-going vessels
  • Understood the Polar Code implementation process
  • Discussed the shipowner's and charterer's perspectives on meeting challenges for operating in harsh environments
  • Focused on plans for the Russian Arctic and the Russian State Commission for Development of the Arctic
Key Speakers in 2016
  • Helle Hammer, Managing Director, CEFOR - The Nordic Association of Marine Insurers
  • Tim Keane, Senior Manager, Arctic Operations and Projects, FedNav Arctic Operations
  • Jarkko Toivola, Chief Maritime Specialist, Head of Winter Navigation Unit, Finnish Transport Agency
  • Jukka Samninen, Chartering Manager, Arctia Ltd.
  • Greg Macgarva, VP Marine Operations, Crystal Cruises

Arctic Shipping Forum Innovation Award 2016

Conference attendees celebrated industry achievements at the Arctic Innovation Award ceremony.  The winner of the 2016 Award was KNL Networks for their radio system, Cognitive Network HF (CNHF), which offers data coverage in Arctic and Antarctic regions.

In addition, Amver, the worldwide voluntary search and rescue system sponsored by the US Coast Guard presented Amver certificates to ESL Shipping and Arctia Ltd for their participation in the system in 2015.  

Key Statistics from 2016

Expert Speakers
Maritime Nations

Make the most of your time at ASF 2017.

Create connections and take part in our programme of informal peer-to-peer sessions, which aims to give you bespoke solutions, engaged involvement and an interactive experience.

Call for Papers

Key Issues Driving The Industry
  • New developments in design, materials and technology for ice-class vessels
  • Operation of ice-going vessels
  • The Polar Code in operation
  • Winterization issues: functionality of equipment
  • Ice charting
  • Communications in the Arctic
  • Cruise shipping in the Arctic
  • Emergency preparedness, rescue and response
  • Developments in ice navigation training
  • Oil spill response in ice-covered waters
  • Propulsion systems for ice-going vessels
  • Life-saving equipment for voyages in ice
Abstract Content

Abstract information should include:

  • Paper title
  • Authors
  • Outline of paper – (abstract between 150 and 300 words for review by the committee).
  • Speakers will be allocated timings once the agenda has been confirmed.
  • Please kindly note that by sending an abstract this does not guarantee you a speaking slot at the conference.

The following criteria will be applied by the Committee in determining the papers for inclusion in the 2017 programme.

  • Discussion of challenges faced, including what went wrong and how these problems where addressed.
  • Papers accepted on technical merit, not commercial promotion of new products and papers which offer innovative solutions/ technical originality.
Arctic Shipping Forum 2017 Advisory Committee

To ensure the integrity of the programme and to retain a high‐level of technical content an Advisory Committee is used to assist with the programme development and to determine the suitability and relevance of submitted papers. For further information about the Committee see here.

Submit Your Abstract

This is your chance to shape the Arctic Shipping Forum 2017 agenda!Whether you work in industry or academia, or work outside the maritime sectorand want to share your experiences with our community, let us know.


Authors presenting the paper on the day will be automatically registered to attend the event free of charge. Co‐authors will receive a 20% discount on the registration fees. Speakers/authors/co‐authors will be responsible for any costs associated with attending this event, such as travel, accommodation, general expenses.

Shipowners attend our events for free as VIP guests


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