Transport and logistical solutions

Project: Air freight from Nordland – external costs related to alternative transport solutions

Year: 2017
Client: The County of Nordland
Description: As of December 2016, Transportutvikling AS completed the possibility study report “Air freight from airports in Nordland County”, for Nordland County.

This study has been followed up by an analysis of external costs related to air freight from Nordland, compared to similar freight operations from Gardermoen. External cost is a quantification of effects brought upon the society by transportation, not being charged to either the transport company or the transport user. Such costs cover more than local emissions to air and water, including f.i. extended road maintenance, noise problems, traffic congestion, environment effects, etc.
The analysis was based on an evaluation of the present and the expected future sea food volumes landed and produced in Northern Norway.

The conclusions are likewise based on an assessment of alternative transport solutions, market conditions, energy consumption and other cost-related external effects. Based on these conclusions, it was found that “Air freight from Northern Norway to Asia/North America will present positive economic effects for the national community, compared to similar freight operations from Gardermoen”.

Project: Electrically powered ferry

Year: 2015
Client: The County of Aust Agder
Description: This project aims at establishing environmental ferry operations in the waters of Arendal and the surrounding islands by introducing vessels powered by electricity.

In order to facilitate an optimal basis for the Aust Agder County’s decisions in this matter, a thorough research is to be carried out by looking into environmental consequences, schedules, traffic conditions, port conditions, budgets etc.
This project also encompasses describing and presenting proposed vessel specifications, as well as obtaining tenders from vessel designers.

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: Assessment of commuter ferry services between Arendal and surrounding islands

Year: 2014
Client: The County of Aust Agder 
Aust Agder County  has commissioned Transportutvikling AS for the purpose of assessing the present commuter ferry services between the town of Arendal and surrounding islands . The main project focus has been on evaluate economical and collective transport related issues, and to assess relevant legislation and regulations. Another project goal has been to furnish the County with relevant professional knowledge pertaining to this commuter ferry issue, preferably prior to accepting a greater economical responsibility if integrating such ferry service into their collective transport services.

Project: Improvement issues Mosjøen – Västansjö

Year: 2013
Client: The Port of Mosjøen KF
Description: The Port of Mosjøen is a project participant in NLC (Nordic Logistic Corridor). This project presents a description of improvement issues for a section of this corridor. The description (regarding infrastructure) is focusing on the leg from the sea approaches to Mosjøen and to Västansjö (where the Krutfjell road/Joeström meets E12/The Blue Road).
Improvement issues pertaining to both infrastructure and other issues which affects efficient transport solutions were identified. As the project idea was to enhance a practical approach, specific action points have been suggested wherever possible.

Project: Arctic Rail and Sea Express

Year: 2012
Client: The project is commissioned by Maritimt Forum Nord and financed by The County of Troms and the ports of Tromsø and Narvik.
Description: During several years, it has been a major international and national political issue to direct cargo flows from land and road to sea and vessels, based on environmental concern. This project has taken a thorough and practical assessment as to whether or not there is a basis for establishing a sailing schedule on a central route between Narvik and Tromsø. There are also performed an assessment of different market segments and suitable types of vessels in the project. The professional activities of this project is performed by Transportutvikling AS and Polarconsult AS, with relevant assistance from the ports of Tromsø and Narvik.

Project: Sea transport from North Norway to Gothenburg

Year: 2011
Client: Tekniska Verken AB i Kiruna (TVAB)
Description: This study presents an assessment of possibilities for sea transport of waste from North Norway to Gothenburg; presenting alternative sea transport solutions, types of vessels, equipment and logistics/sailing routes. Sailing time schedules and costs from different ports in North Norway was indicated.

Project: How can the Municipality of Nordland participate in improving the framework for the fishery companies' transport requirements

Year: 2011
Client: The Municipality of Nordland
Description: The main goal for this project was to establish new guidelines for goods transported on marine coastalcargo routes which are economically supported by the Municipality of Nordland, and to discuss a future cargo tariff for fast commuter vessels. In addition, this project also identifies cargo volumes, cargo types and cargo structures on the Svolvær - Sandnessjøen coastal leg. Fish transports plays a central role in this project.

Project: Cargo transport requirement volumes and a new coastwise marine cargo route Bodø - Helgeland

Year: 2011
Client: The County of Nordland
Description: The project goal was to map the coastwise cargo flow in the Bodø – Helgeland area, and evaluates a possible future marine coastwise cargo route in the area. The project report also evaluates ports of call along the route and suitable  terminal ports. The route schedule is suitable for the commercial industry in the area, especially for  communities with no other – or limited - means of transport.  Transport of fish is an important issue when evaluating vessel’s schedule and ports of call.
The project is commissioned and financed by theCounty of Nordland.

Project: North Atlantic container service

Year: 2010
Client: NORA, The Port of Mosjøen, Mosjøen Industrial Terminal, The Icelandic Maritime Administration and The Region of Västerbotten
Description: The ambition for this project was to prepare conditions for a new container based sea service in the North Atlantic. The new concept was to some extent based on existing services, which had to be slightly modified and connected to each other. The main service intends to operate between hub-structures in Norway, Iceland and North America. Other services and routes (Sweden, Faeroe Islands, Greenland) was connected to the main service, with a future ambition to improve and promote a North Atlantic transportation network.

Project: Commuter vessel plan Salten – phase II

Year: 2010
Client: Salten Regional Council
Description: The main goal for this project was to discuss and present concrete proposals for a commuter vessel service schedule which enhances the development of the BAS-regions I Salten. Particular emphasis was put on marine commuter services related to the island communities within Meløy, Gildeskål, Bodø and Steigen municipalities.
The project also evaluated terminals, type of vessels and rates in these areas.

Project: An evaluation of economical aspects related to ferry connections

Year: 2009
Client: Nordland County Council
Description: Transportutvikling Bodø AS has produced a paper with an evaluation of economical aspects related to the 15 ferry connections which will be taken over by Nordland County from national authorities as per January 1st 2010.

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 Municipality 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: Negotiations related to commuter vessel/ferry contracts – assistance to Sør-Trøndelag County

Year: 2007
Client: Sør-Trøndelag County
Description: Transportutvikling AS has shouldered the project management responsibility for producing a specific requirement manual and criteria for evaluation, related to negotiations regarding contracts for the operation of four commuter/ferry routes in Sør-Trøndelag.


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’ (NEW) 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 NEW. 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.