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Market research and analysis

2019-01-0910:26 Viktor Håkonsen
Project: Industrial and trade transports in Troms County

Year: 2017
Project owner: 
Troms County
Description: Transportutvikling AS has been commissioned by Troms County Council in order to produce a project report containing updated knowledge of industrial and trade transports in the County, based on 2016-data. This updating relates to a similar report by Transportutvikling AS from August 2015, which contained collected data from 2014. The updating reveals major changes from 2014 to 2016. 
This report contributes to clarifying the effect of these changes on roads, commuter traffic and other transport infrastructure. In addition, the report presents the County Council with useful basic data to be utilized for giving priorities to activities, allocation of resources and reducing transport cost, which will benefit local industries and businesses, as well as the population in general.

This analysis is part of the basis for the County’s Regional Transport Plan for 2018-29, and the Action Plan for county roads in Troms 2018-21. Furthermore, the report is an useful tool when communicating with the NTP-secretariat, Avinor, the Government and the Parliament.

Transportutvikling AS has evaluated transport volumes related to fisheries and fish farming, consumer goods, agriculture, minerals/heavy industry, and we have also made assessments of volumes of refuse, mail and distribution of petroleum products.

Several interesting finds have been made during the project process.

Transportutvikling AS has produced several maps showing road transport volumes for selected industries and players, visualizing transport volumes on different roads and where the total transport loads are heaviest.

Project: Status 2016 Commercial cargo transports in Finnmark

Year: 2017
Project owner:
 Finnmark County
Description: As of January 2015, Transportutvikling AS produced a project report named “Status 2014 Commercial cargo transports in Finnmark”, for Finnmark County. In order to refreshing the content of that report, the County has given Transportutvikling AS the task of updating the 2014 report with fresh information based on the 2016 figures. The main project goal is to present status for 2016 and the development from 2014 to 2016.
As the commercial players, and consequently also the transport structure and volumes, are changing and developing, the Municipality has thus taken an important step in order to achieve an updated view of issues related to transport, which will be of importance for development within the County. This knowledge is to be part of a basis for managing and instigating more precise transport development activities related to the running of commuter traffic and maintaining county roads, as well as for priorities related to the National Transport Plan.

This project included a total overview, based on figures for 2016 on transport volumes and routes to and from the markets for:

  • The sea food industry, including wild and slaughtered, farmed fish
  • Petroleum
  • Minerals
  • Farming and reindeer industry
  • Foodstuff, mail and general cargo
  • Refuse transports

 Visual information, i.e. maps, illustrations and tabular figures, were emphasized in this report.

Project: Barents Cruise Mapping

Year: 2016
Project owner: The project was co-financed by the Kolarctic program.
Description: Transportutvikling AS has launched the pre-project aimed at development of cruise sector in the North. The pre-project has provided relevant information, including study of market potential, main actors and their demands, infrastructure and regional opportunities and challenges in Northern Norway and Northwest Russia.

The pre-project participants have been regional authorities in Murmansk, Arkhangelsk, Troms and Finnmark, the ports of Tromsø and Vardø and Cruise Northern Norway & Svalbard (CNNS).

Project: Market development project Russia Phase I and II.

Year: 2015 – 2016
Project owner: The project was supported by Innovation Norway.
Description: The main project goal has been to assist selected Norwegian companies in identifying commercial possibilities on the Russian market.

Based on identified priorities, Innovation Norway by Mr. Nikolay Shavrov, initially carried out a central mapping of the market potential in Russia, followed by a dialogue between Innovation Norway and Transportutvikling AS/the Companies, in order to clarify detailed project priorities.
Concrete marketing thrusts have been carried out, i.e. sales trips with B2B-meetings, participation on different exhibition venues, arranging seminars and other sales promoting issues.

During Phase I, focus was put on Murmansk Oblast, while the Partners in Phase II intended to apply experiences learned from the previous Phase by expanding the market beyond Murmansk Oblast towards other regions in Russia/North-West Russia, primarily Archangel Oblast.
Transportutvikling AS has managed the project.

 

Project: Land slide safe guarding at Singla – County road 347

Year: 2016
Client: 
Skjervøy Municipality
Description: 
Transportutvikling AS has contributed to producing documentation focusing on the safe guarding of County road 347 at Singla, located at Arnøya in Skjervøy municipality.

The documentation provided is based on both primary and secondary information collected from several commercial players at Arnøya during the project period. The findings are found in a short paper and a PowerPoint presentation.

Project: Ship yards in Northern Norway

Year: 2015
Client: Maritimt Forum Nord
Description: In Northern Norway, more than 30 ship yards exist, where the main activities are related to the maritime segment, either by vessel maintenance/service, building/rebuilding or as a combination of these activities. In addition, several mechanic industrial companies with various degree of focus towards the marine sector are found in the three northernmost counties.

In 2013, Transportutvikling AS mapped yards and mechanic industry companies in Northern Norway, based on 2011-figures. In 2015 we were given the task of producing an updated report based on figures for 2014.

Project: From coast to market – sea food transports in Northern Norway in 2014

Year: 2015
Client: Finnmark, Troms og Nordland Counties
Description:  Between October 2014 and August 2015, Transportutvikling AS produced separate cargo flow reports for Finnmark, Troms and Nordland counties. The main focus was on mapping  the total cargo flow and a visualization of this flow for different trades.

Based partly on these reports and updated information, the three counties gave Transportutvikling AS the task of producing a unified report and a visualization of the cargo flow related to the sea food industry in Northern Norway.
Issues discussed in this paper are f.i. road traffic loads, bottlenecks, cargo volume distribution between transport systems, international transport corridors, relevant players, development, and historic statistics related to fisheries and fish farming.

Project: Passenger/-commuter vessel route between Narvik, Svolvaer and Tysfjord

Year: 2015 
Client: Futurum AS and the Municipality of Tysfjord 
Description:  The main goal for this project was to develop a marine passenger/-commuter transport solution between Ofoten/Vestfjorden (Narvik – Svolvaer) with connections towards Tysfjord and the unique sceneries in that area. This route  also represent an important connection to a unified tourism product which will encompass both beautiful sceneries in the fiords by vessel, and by rail in the mountain landscapes. Transportutvikling AS has been approached by shipping companies and tourism industry players, in order to assess the possibility of establishing a passenger/-commuter route in these waters during the summer season.

This preliminary project aims chiefly at assessing this marine east-west transport solution between Narvik and Lofoten/Vesterålen, connected to Tysfjord. An important basis for the project has been to look at the relations between rail-, bus- and sea transport, and the strategic issues found in regional and local plans for developing the tourist industry and relevant commercial businesses. An additional project goal is to establish premises for further development by collecting and assessing relevant information, identifying networks and propose adequate measures to be taken.

Target groups for the project are both public and commercial players.

Project: Market assessment  - project deep water/heavy lift berth Mo i Rana 

Year: 2015
Client: Mo i Rana Port KF and Mo Utviklingsselskap
Discription: As of today, considerable cargo volumes are transported to, from and through Mo i Rana by rail, road and sea. The port handles large cargo volumes of various types, and the volumes are increasing. The main cluster of Northern Norway’s industrial companies is located near the port areas. Also, the proximity to Sweden and related local and regional infrastructure are positive assets for the port. However, growth and development create new challenges, of which the lack of deep water berth facilities in the port is an important issue.

As a result, it is now being looked into the possibility of constructing a new deep water berth, also suited for heavy lift cargoes, to the south of Rana Industriterminal, where a large storage area is also available. This project is a joint venture between Mo Industripark AS and Mo i Rana Port KF.

 In connection to carrying out this project, and related to the development of the port activities in general, Transportutvikling AS has been commissioned by Mo i Rana Port KF and Mo Utviklingsselskap, in order to carry out a comprehensive market assessment.

Project: Commercial transports within Troms County 2015

Year: 2015
Client: Troms County
Discription: Troms County has commissioned Transportutvikling AS for to carry out an assessment – and to present updated knowledge - of transport volumes and important transport routing for products originating from mayor commercial players in the County.

The project report has pinpointed demands and challenges related to heavy transports on the County’s municipal roads, and it also has presented basic knowledge for future assessments of transport issues within the County’s sphere of responsibilities and influence, including updating of the Regional Transport Plan 2014-23, and also to present a basis for proposals towards discussing the National Transport Plan 2018-27.

Project: Commercial cargo transports in Nordland County

Year: 2015
Client: Nordland County and Norwegian Public Roads Administration
Discription:  Transportutvikling AS has been commissioned by Nordland County and Norwegian Public Roads Administration, in order to carry out a commercial cargo transport analysis related to commercial players in the County.  The marked situation for several commercial sectors are changing, due to f. i. available resources and technology. This being the case, the County , in co-operation with the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, has taken an important step in order to obtain updated knowledge of issues related to transport, which are of importance for commercial development within the County.

This knowledge presents a basis for making proper decisions as regards maintenance and investments related to the County’s road network, as well as running ferries and fast commuter crafts. The analysis will also constitute an important background for the County’s proposals as regards the National Transport Plan 2018 – 2027, as well as for commercial development, area planning etc.

Project: Present status for commersial transport of goods in Finnmark

Year: 2015
Client: The County of Finnmark
Description: The County of Finnmark has commissioned Transportutvikling AS in order to producing an updated status for transport of various commercial goods in the municipality.

As several fields of commercial activities, and consequently also transport solutions, are changing and developing, the County has taken decisive steps in order to obtain an updated basis for the assessment of transport related issues of major importance for further development of the County. This knowledge is to be part of a basis for managing and putting into effect transport related activities with more accuracy, related to the Municipality’s managing of commuter services and county roads, as well as to priorities related to the National Transport Plan.

 It is emphasized in the project report that collected knowledge and information are to be presented pedagogically and visually properly and acceptable for the Client. 

Project: From coast to market - sea food transports in Northern Norway in 2014

Year: 2015
Client: 
Finnmark, Troms and Nordland counties
Description: Between October 2014 and August 2015, Transportutvikling AS produced separate cargo flow reports for Finnmark, Troms and Nordland counties. The main focus was on mapping  the total cargo flow and a visualization of this flow for different trades.

Based partly on these reports and updated information, the three counties gave Transportutvikling AS the task of producing a unified report and a visualization of the cargo flow related to the sea food industry in Northern Norway.

Issues discussed in this paper was f.i. road traffic loads, bottlenecks, cargo volume distribution between transport systems, international transport corridors, relevant players, development, and historic statistics related to fisheries and fish farming.

Project: Transport of fresh fish from Norway to the European Continent

Year: 2014
Client: 
Statens vegvesen
Description: In 2009, The University of Nordland and Transportutvikling AS produced the Smarttrans-report “Transport of fresh fish from Norway to the European Continent”. 
The Norwegian Ministry of Transport has now given Jernbaneverket, Kystverket and Avinor the task of developing a broad cargo transport analysis, and The University of Nordland and Transportutvikling AS have been commissioned by Statens Vegvesen, in order to assist in this process.
Data related to transporting fresh farmed and slaughtered fish from Norway has been collected and analysed. Likewise, data related to cargo flow and cargo volumes, cargo flow of farmed fish on national transport systems, border crossings and transport onwards to end terminal, have been documented. 
The finds of this project have been compared to the figures of the 2009 report, and it was mandatory to identify alterations in transport modes and transport routing from 2009 to 2013.

Project: The shipyard industry in Norway

Year: 2013
Client: Maritime Forum
Description: There are more than 30 shipyards in Nordland, Troms and Finnmark counties, for which their main activities are related to the marine segment, either regarding maintenance/service of vessels, shipbuilding/ship repair, or as a combination of these activities. There are, in addition, other mechanical industrial companies and smaller businesses which, to a certain extent, are focusing on marine activities.
There is at present a significant focus on activities related to the oil and gas segment in the northern areas, and how and how much yards and businesses in the northern counties will/can benefit from participating in these activities, f.i. as regards shipyard services and maintenance.
The main goal of this project has been to map existing yards and mechanical industries in Northern Norway, in order to assess possible activities related to future activities f.i.  within the oil- and gas segment in the north. The shipyard issue has been emphasized in this project.

Project: Possible imports of biomass from Murmansk Oblast

Year: 2011
Client: The Barents Secretariat
Description: In Northern Norway today, there are several ongoing and future projects based on utilizing biomass for energy production purposes. The purpose of this study was to clarify essential conditions for ensuring stable delivery and transport of quality biomass products from a port in Murmansk Oblast and mainly to the Norwegian market, in accordance with specifications and at a reasonable price. The study also assess the North Norwegian market for biomass for energy producing purposes and the availability of raw materials in/from North West Russia. An assessment of logistical solutions to and from Murmansk is an essential issue in the study.

Project: Waste logistics in Northern Norway

Year: 2010
Client: The Technical College in Narvik
Description: The Technical College in Narvik has initiated a FoU-project in order to map the existing waste flow in Northern Norway. The main goal is to identify the total volumes of waste generated in Northern Norway, volumes processed in this part of Norway and volumes exported from Northern Norway. The project also discuss transport modes and patterns for waste transport.

Project: Improved economy and environmental standards for waste transport on The North Calotte

Year: 2009
Client: EU, through the Interreg IV A North programme, has been co-financing this project, which was commissioned by Hålogaland Ressursselskap (HRS) in Narvik and Tekniska Verken AB (TVAB) in Kiruna
Description: The main project goal is to improve economical and environmental conditions for waste transport between Kiruna, Sweden, and Northern Norway. The project has evaluated the possibility  of developing HUB-functions in Kiruna, connected to similar functions in Narvik. The project aims at contributing to improved economical results for the Companies involved, better utilisation of the transport vehicles and reduced external costs for the community in general.

Project: Marine based container transport in North-Norway

Year: 2009
Client: Maritimt Forum Nord
Description: This project is a pre-study, aiming at clarifying essential practical conditions for further development of marine based container transport in Northern Norway. The sea leg Narvik-Tromsø is to be evaluated in an integrated sailing schedule, involving MV TEGE’s present sailings Bodø-Alta-Bodø and intermediate ports. The project will put emphasis on clarifying market conditions, challenges and possibilities, and suggest a logistic operational concept and recommendations regarding choice of vessel(s).
The main goal is to clarify if such a marine concept is economically and environmentally sound.

Project: Transport costs for fish-processing industries the Tysfjord – Vega range

Year: 2009
Client: Salten Regional Council, Helgeland Regional Council, Brødrene JTB Olsen AS, Modolv, Sjøseth Fisk AS, The Norwegian Fishermen’s Sales Association, Nordland Fishermen’s Association and The County of Nordland
Description: Transportutvikling Bodø AS has presented a project report on marine freight costs related to the fish-processing industries in the Tysfjord – Vega range. The background for this project was alterations of the weight basis related to these costs, resulting in a considerable increase of the freight costs for the industries. The report also focuses on how the number of fishermen and fishing vessels have developed in this range. In addition, subsidies related to these industries are discussed in the paper.

Project: Visions 2025-the Railways of Middle-East

Year: 2007
Client: UIC
Description: The objectives for the study are to indicate scenarios for railway transport in Middle-East until year 2025 as a crucial element in UIC`s main strategy for developing the Middle-East railways. All relevant Middle-East railways/countries are included.

Project: Visions 2025-the Railways of Africa

Year: 2007
Client: UIC
Description: The objectives for the study are to indicate scenarios for railway transport in Africa until year 2025 as a crucial element in UIC`s main strategy for developing the African railways. All relevant African railways/countries are included.

Project: East-West transports - Northern Alternative (NEW)

Year: 2001 – 2004
Client: UIC – The International Union of Railways, Swedish National Railway Administration, Finnish Rail Administration, Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communication, Massport (USA), Port of Narvik and Futurum.
Description: The conceptual idea for the N.E.W. freight corridor was launched by the business development company Futurum AS. The International Union of Railways in Paris (UIC) initiated the idea into the project ‘Northern East-West Freight Corridor’ (N.E.W.) which that shall contribute in developing intermodal transport solutions between USA/Canada and Central Asia through the Barents region. Transportutvikling AS conducts the market analysis, competitive evaluations and describe the overall transport concept. 
The project has gained wide international acclaim and UIC has described the N.E.W. corridor as their single most important project and a reference for other international corridors.
The projects objective is to establish a trial transport and to prepare for further commercialization of the corridor.