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Arctic Shipping
Climate Change, Commercial Traffic and Port Development

ISBN 9781351037464
Published September 4, 2019 by Routledge
250 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book considers both the present state of Arctic shipping and possible future trends with reference to the various sectors of maritime transportation: cruise tourism, container traffic and bulk shipping. Ports are analysed as tools that support the strategies of coastal states to foster the development of resource extraction, enhance the attractiveness of Arctic shipping lanes and enable the control of maritime activities through coast guard deployment.

The aim of this book is to draw a picture of the trends of Arctic shipping. How is traffic evolving in Canada’s Arctic, or along the Northern Sea Route? Are there significant differences between bulk and container shipping segments when considering the Arctic market? How are the ports and the hinterland developing and what are the strategies behind those? How is the legal framework shaping the evolution of maritime transportation? The contributors to this book consider all of these questions, and more, as they map out the prospects for Arctic shipping and analyse in detail the development of Arctic shipping as a result of multi-variable interactions.

This book will be key reading for industry professionals and post-graduate students alike.

Table of Contents


Olivier Faury


Part 1. The economics of Arctic shipping.

Chapter 1

Weather constraints on ships serving coastal settlements in Nunavik, 1993 to 2016

Claude Comtois, Brian Slack and Alex Champagne-Gélinas.

Chapter 2

Approaches of the profitability of Arctic shipping in the literature

Dimitrios Theocharis

Chapter 3

Modelizing the profitability of liner Arctic shipping

F. Lasserre

Chapter 4

An economic analysis on the NSR viability of an Ice Class 1A oil tanker vessel.

Pierre Cariou and Olivier Faury

Chapter 5

Transit Traffic Analysis along the NSR and the NWP

Frédéric Lasserre, Qiang Meng, Chuanbei Zhou, Pierre-Louis Têtu and Olga Alexeeva.

Chapter 6

The Evolution and Relative Competitiveness of Global Arctic Cruise Tourism Destinations

Pierre-Louis Têtu, Jackie Dawsonand and Frédéric Lasserre


Part 2. The impact of the advent of the Polar Code.

Chapter 7

From Atomised Legislations to Integrated Regulatory Framework: The Polar Code (R)Evolution?

Laurent Fedi

Chapter 8

Shipping in the Canadian and Russian Arctic: Domestic Legal Responses to the PolarCode

Kristin Bartenstein and Suzanne Lalonde


Part 3. Arctic shipping and port development.

Chapter 9

An analysis of the Arctic ports.

Olivier Faury, Brigitte Daudet, Pierre-Louis Têtu and Jérôme Verny

Chapter 10

Analysis of Russian Arctic port system using AIS data

Olivier Faury, Jean-François Pelletier, Yann Alix, Arnaud Serry and Ronan Kerbiriou

Chapter 11

Free ports as a tool to develop the navigation in the Arctic.

Alexandre Lavissière and Olivier Faury

Chapter 12.

The Opportunities and Challenges of Developing the Arctic Area and Shipping in Canada

Mawuli Afenyo, Yufeng Lin, Adolf K.Y. Ng and Changmin Jiang


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Frédéric Lasserre is Professor in the Geography Department at Laval University, Canada and heads the Quebec Council for Geopolitical Studies. He was Project Director with Canada’s ArcticNet research network between 2010 and 2015.

Olivier Faury is an Assistant Professor at EM Normandie in Le Havre. He completed his PhD in 2016 on the economics elements that may increase the attractiveness of the Northern Sea Route comparing to the Suez Canal Route. Since July 2016, he has been working on the Arctic with a focus on the legal, risk, shipping and port parameters.