Emergency Management in Maritime Mass Rescue Operations: The Case of the High Arctic

  • Natalia AndreassenEmail author
  • Odd Jarl Borch
  • Svetlana Kuznetsova
  • Sergey Markov
Part of the WMU Studies in Maritime Affairs book series (WMUSTUD, volume 7)


Maritime activity in turbulent environments represents a challenge to the emergency preparedness system. In particular, the Arctic may be turbulent as to weather, especially in winter time. The consequences of accidents may be severe due to long distances, cold climate and limited local resources. In this chapter we look into large scale emergencies causing mass rescue from ships. We elaborate on the coordination of the broad range of search and rescue actors included in such an incident both in the air, at sea and ashore with several institutions and management levels included. We also describe the incorporation of host nation support from neighboring countries. We build upon the experiences from the accident of the cruise ship “Maxim Gorkiy” in the ice South-West of Svalbard. We illustrate the organizational structure of mass rescue operations and the coordinative roles at different levels. Finally, we discuss the implications for emergency management in extreme environments like the Arctic region.


Arctic Emergency management Mass rescue Turbulent environments Search and rescue Cross-border cooperation Incident command systems 



This chapter is written under the MARPART project “Maritime International Partnership in the High North” funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Nordland County Administration and partner universities. We are also grateful for the kind support of the staff at the Joint Rescue Coordination Center—Northern Norway in Bodø.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Natalia Andreassen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Odd Jarl Borch
    • 1
  • Svetlana Kuznetsova
    • 2
  • Sergey Markov
    • 2
  1. 1.Nord University Business SchoolNord UniversityBodøNorway
  2. 2.Northern (Arctic) Federal UniversityArkhangelskRussia

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