Making arctic know-how go global

07/02/2017 / 1 kommentti / Tagit : ,

There are only a few countries in the world with such deep experience in arctic issues like Finland. We have been forced to live with the extreme conditions, we are familiar with them and have turned the arctic challenges into solutions. They are now parts of our natural daily lives. As the general interest in arctic regions is growing, we should take advantage of our know-how and make business out of it.

Solutions to challenges of arctic sea conditions

Global shipping is growing and so is the interest in arctic sea routes, such as north east and northwest passages. Those seasonal polar routes offer the shortest connections for instance between Far East and Europe. Shorter routes mean lower fuel consumption, time and cost savings and also less carbon emissions. However, the conditions in the arctic seas are extremely challenging for the ships, equipment as well as the crew.

Finnish maritime industry has succeeded in getting Finnish and European solutions go global. It is not only familiar with designing and building ships, but also other maritime equipment and ICT solutions for arctic trade. Today we are providing the actors with hardware. In addition to this we could also provide companies with complete services, including hardware, software as well as personnel.

Winter navigation requires special kills for the ship officers and crew. We have advanced simulators to train navigators, there is an opportunity to start large scale training for winter navigation skills for mariners coming from all over the world. For those ship owners that would prefer, Finland could sell winter navigation skill services for instance by providing ice-advisors and meteorological services on board during arctic voyages.

Combining leisure cruising with arctic tourism

Leisure cruising is increasing. Passengers have already seen the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, many of them are now looking for more exotic areas, such as polar regions. Today we can offer safe and sustainable cruise products in arctic waters, too. Combining international tourism in northern Finland with cruising in the Polar Sea could offer unique arctic experiences that people are ready to pay for.

Finnish airport snow-how could be exported

Air traffic is one of the backbones of arctic transport and tourism. Five months a year Finnish airports are facing arctic challenges. Weather resistance is essential in our daily business. To guarantee punctuality and reliability, we have developed special capabilities for air traffic such as meteorological know-how, smartly instrumented runways, special clearing equipment for snow and ice, well planned procedures for different types of weather conditions, seamless cooperation between actors at the airports and well prepared drills.

In this field, too, we have unique know-how and experience that could be exported to arctic countries, and even to other countries or cities that may suffer from occasional snow storms, such as London airports for instance.

Arctic know-how can create new products and services

The increasing level of automation and digitalisation provide new opportunities for transport as well. In Finland, with arctic conditions and low density of population, we have an ideal environment for arranging facilities for the industry to test and demonstrate the performance of new innovations and technologies.
We have wide and deep arctic know-how, and unique possibilities for testing and demonstrating innovations. Now it is up to us to create attractive products and services out of them to make Finnish and European solutions go global.

Alkuperäinen artikkeli on julkaistu Trafin sivuilla 17.1.2017.

Kirjoittanut: Tuomas Routa, Trafin merenkulkujohtaja


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1 kommentti

  1. veikko hintsanen

    Dear Maritime Director

    Thanks for the nice promotion of arctic sea business in Finland .

    One question !

    What is the reason Finland is not studying ,developing , supporting and/or promoting the same in Arctic Inland Navigation eventhough we have inland routes (3 inland lake river areas-not connected to one large service network) second large amount in EU ?

    Also inland navigation is the future -sustainable development -traffic mode , which is supported by EU traffic strategy -TEN_T by 10% of its total budget.


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