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2 - 5 April 2019
Paasitorni Congress Centre,

New perspectives on the world's most challenging arena for maritime commerce.

Developing technological capabilities. Improving emergency response. Securing a sustainable future for shipping in the Arctic.

Говорите по-русски? Do You Speak Russian?

Все сессии Форума Арктическое Cудоходство 2018 будут синхронно переведены на русский язык, поэтому вы сможете следить за дискуссиями в живом времени.

Every session at the Arctic Shipping Forum will include live Russian translation, so you can follow the debate as it happens.

What Happened at Arctic Shipping Forum 2018:

New technologies and innovations

Analysis of new designs and concepts for ice-going vessels including icebreakers, expedition vessels and cargo carriers. Included discussion of ballast water systems, challenges of polar class and EEDI, new materials for ice-going propellers and satellite mapping.

The Polar Code in practice

Case studies from ship operators on using the Polar Code as a valuable tool for voyage management. Attendees heard from regulators, learnt how to interpret the Polar Code, and found out what steps need to be taken to qualify for a polar ship certificate.

Preparedness, response and risk assessment

Attendees learnt how insurers assess the risk to ice going vessels. Discovered the challenges LNG crews face working in ice-covered waters, heard about oil spill response, and discussed emergency preparedness, response and rescue planning for casualties in ice-covered waters.

Monitoring Arctic economic and market trends

Updates on market and economic development in the Arctic and the impact on shipping. Included a focus session on the development of the Northern Sea Route, updates on US Coast Guard policy for Arctic waters and an overview of the current fleet of ice class ships.

Training and development

Crew training for ice navigation: highlighting new training criteria and courses. Heard how training schools can gain certification for ice navigation courses, discussed the merits of simulators vs onboard training, and found out about new skill requirements for 21st century vessels.

Choice of seminars

Attendees debated emergency response in the Arctic half-day seminar Managing Emergency Response in Ice Covered Waters which was followed by the Planning and Operations for Cruise Shipping in the Arctic seminar. 

The Numbers that Matter

Expert Speakers
Maritime Nations

Attendees made the most of their time at ASF 2018.

They forged new business connections and took part in our programme of informal peer-to-peer sessions. Why not join them in 2019?


The 2018 Arctic Shipping Forum Innovation Award has been won by WE Tech for their Variable Speed Generator Solution.

Our 2018 judging panel:

Morten Mejlaender-Larsen,  Discipline Leader - Arctic Operation, PMA Approval Center - Norway, DNV GL

Mikko Niini, Chairman, Navidom and Chairman, Arctic Economic Council Working Group

David (Duke) Snider, Martech Polar Consulting and President, The Nautical Institute

Arctic Imperatives: Reinforcing U.S. Strategy on America's Fourth Coast

Put together by the Council on Foreign Relations' Independent Task Force, this detailed report describes the U.S's strategy for increasing its influence in the Arctic Circle. It's a must read for anyone curious about how the region's growing geopolitical role will shape its future.   

Arctic Imperatives: Reinforcing U.S. Strategy on America's Fourth Coast  was written by by Thad W. Allen, Christine Todd Whitman and Esther Brimmer.


...and as a result will make up a significant portion of our audience in 2019.

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