Our Team’s Experience
Field Research logistic support in Arctic
Mr. Tetsuhide Yamazaki, one of directors of the Arctic Logistics Corp., has participated in field research projects hosted by National Institute of Polar Research, Hokkaido University, and the Research Institute of the Meteorological Agency of Japan since 2008 as shown in Table 1.
Supporting achievements in glacier drilling operation after 1995 is listed in Table2. In both projects, he participated as a logistic support member, engaged in general logistic and as a dog sled operator, station logistic operation and research activities.
Table 1. Logistic support activities
|Period||Field observation support content|
|2008, March ~ April||Inglefield Land, Greenland, Research in the coastal region|
|2011,March ~April||Melville Island, Canada, Geographic research|
|2012, June ~ July||SIGMA Research Project, Greenland|
|2013, June ~ August||SIGMA Research Project, Greenland|
|2014, Feb. ~ March||Aerosol Observation Project on the sea ice,Greenland|
Table 2. Ice drilling operation (Drilling stuff and logistic support)
|Period||Glacier drilling support content|
|1995 May ~ June||North-east Island, Svalbard|
|1999 April ~ June||North-east Island, Svalbard|
|2001,May ~ July||Mt. Logan, Canada|
|2002, April ~June||Mt. Logan, Canada|
|2003 July ~ August||Altai Mt. Russia|
|2004 May ~ June||McCall Glacier Drilling Project, Alaska|
|2004 ~ 2006||46th Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition (Dome Fuji Deep Drilling Project)|
|2006 August||Mount Ichinsky Glacier Drilling Investigation Project, Kamchatka|
|2015 May ~ June||SIGMA Glacier Drilling Project, North-west Greenland|
|2015 May ~ June||Ice Sheet Drilling Project, South-east Greenland Ice Sheet|
The motto of Trans India Corp., which our boarding chairperson used to manage, is: “Always seek unexplored transportation area, seize a chance and welcome a challenge”. This spirit is passed to our organization.
Recently, it is said that global warming has a large influence over the decrease in sea ice in Arctic sea during summer months. In summer, voyage without support by ice breaker becomes available in a part of Arctic sea. As a result, there is increased interest in the development of new shipping channels in Arctic sea.
After 2008, we have focused our attention on the changing environment surrounding Arctic. After field surveys and repeated meetings, we have established a pipeline for materials from Japan to Arctic area in a limited way.
We have, for contribution to specific science in polar region, endeavored to establish a system of transport of the ice core samples which needs temperature management.
As part of the development of transportation to polar region, we work in collaboration with local transportation companies.
- 2008~2009 Transportation of research materials to operational regions by Twin Otter plane
- 2010 & 2011, July Participated in a voyage to the North Pole for the inspection of sea ice conditions in the Arctic sea
- 2015, August Container transportation, including dog food, by ship through the Star Navigation Co. operation to Siorapaluk, North-west Greenland
Negotiation with related organization, collaboration with local people
We have always maintained contact with local people (Eskimo and Inuit), keeping good relationships with them and trying to get a full picture of the local situation and changes of natural conditions.
For smooth arrangements of research vessel (motor boat), keeping a good relationship with local people as a good business partner is necessary.
We try to get useful know-how for improved safety and solid security control and the understanding of local natural condition; especially collapsing facilities by blizzard and physical dameging in crevasse and in the sea ice area.
In addition, protections against the dangers of polar bears in Greenland, Canada, Svalbard are very important issues. The need of new technical support will be required.