Information exchange through collaboration
The Arctic Economic Council’s Maritime Transportation Working Group focuses on gathering and exchanging available information on national and international Arctic maritime traffic, related regulation, development and status of hydrographic mapping. This aspect of the Maritime Transportation Working Group is especially valuable, since safety in Arctic waters and the availability of the information are limited.
The Maritime Transportation Working Group’s membership consists of representatives of the premier Arctic ship operators, confederations of shipowners from across the globe, indigenous corporations and the representatives of the academia.
The best insight available
The Maritime Transportation Working Group stays up to date on the upcoming changes in traffic management, environmental regulation and status of hydrographic mapping. Maritime Transportation Working Group provides an information and experience exchange platform to provide the members insight and guidelines.
Benefits to members
The members of the Maritime Transportation Working Group participate in gathering information and in the process of creating relevant deliverables.
The information consists of:
- analysing the national and international Arctic navigation rules and regulations and developments
- instructions and issues related to freedom of trade.
- safety of Arctic waterways
Members gain access to invaluable sources of information and benchmarking regarding maritime traffic in the Arctic and the vast network of businesses operating in the area. Members have an opportunity to add business perspective to discussions on regulative and legislative issues affecting the Arctic.
The AEC Working Group on Maritime Transportation is chaired by Mr. Mikko Niini. Mr Niini has vast experience in Arctic technology and shipbuilding. He is the Chairman of tanker shipping company Navidom Ltd and Chairman of the Rauma shipyard of Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC), Board member of the dry bulk shipping company ESL Shipping Ltd as well as Managing Director of his own Arctic & Maritime Consultancy Vientistrategit Oy.
The AEC Maritime Transportation Working Group issued its first report at the AEC Annual Meeting in Rovaniemi in 2019.
State of Maritime Transportation in the Arctic (2019)
The report has since been translated to Korean by Korea Maritime Institute (KMI)/Northern and Polar Regions Research Department
State of Maritime Transportation in the Arctic (in Korean)
Maritime Transportation WG Fact Sheet