The knowledge of arctic logistics and transportation will be integrated into new educational programs and communicated to Arctic businesses, government authorities and other Arctic stakeholders through various networking opportunities. This allows ATL to promote more environmentally-friendly and sustainable logistics operations and industrial activities in the circumpolar Arctic.
The ATL will analyze ship traffic in the circumpolar Arctic and developing traffic patterns driven largely by several large-scale energy and mining projects. Transport and logistics challenges due to remoteness, harsh Arctic climatic conditions and ice-covered waters, and lack of necessary support infrastructure, make year-round operations difficult. Project logistics of several commercial projects will be evaluated and analyzed as case studies. This includes assessments of risk and operational conditions of shipping in ice-covered Arctic waters.
Though the main focus will be on Arctic maritime transport and logistics operations, port and maritime infrastructure development and Arctic shipping routes, intermodal connections with other modes of transport will also be highlighted and analyzed. This includes maritime connections to river transport, railways, roadways, pipeline infrastructure and to aviation facilities within the Arctic. The ATL members will work on modeling such an innovative, green, optimized and interconnected transport and logistics system for the Arctic.