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In December 2013 the ‘Arctic Operations Handbook’ project delivered a document with its recommendations for enhancing safe, reliable and sustainable operations in Arctic regions. Solange van der Werff, s.v.d.werff@marin.nl


Several Arctic JIP initiatives are underway with a focus on safety and sustainability


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n this Joint Industry Project the Dutch offshore and dredging industry worked closely together under the lead of


Heerema Marine Contractors. MARIN parti- cipated and carried out one of three pilot projects called IceStream.


At the start of the project, a gap analysis was carried out based on a survey of existing guidelines. Initially, a framework was set up to facilitate the identification of key aspects of Arctic operations. Additionally, clear defini- tions were formulated for the environmental conditions in Arctic regions, including their severity. The list of (sub) activities in Arctic operations was evaluated, in combination with the defined environmental condition severities. The result was a large matrix,


giving a better understanding of the main operational challenges in the Arctic.


For each matrix entry a range of standards, rules and guidelines were taken into account for the particular activity in the stated environmental condition. For a number of activity-condition combinations, the JIP par- ticipants found that existing guidance was not sufficient. These items were identified as gaps. As it would require a substantial amount of work to close all the gaps, they had to be prioritised. Based on this, the JIP was able to formulate recommendations on which needed addressing first.


The recommendations consider aspects such as monitoring and forecasting of the environ-


mental conditions, vessel operations and health and safety management and addi- tionally, typical contractor operations such as trenching, pipe laying, installation and subsea. They have been published in the first volume of ‘Arctic Operations Challenges & Recommendations’ (http://www.arctic- operations-handbook.info).


The three pilot studies were initiated as a result of the identified gaps and form the other volumes. One of the pilot studies considers the Environmental Impact Assess- ment for Arctic regions, while another has evaluated ice accretion models for the prediction of icing. The third is IceStream.


IceStream Pilot One of the initial gaps


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