Project name:
Recommended practise of scenario based risk management for Polar waters

Project partners:
The project consortium consists of five universities with experience from the earlier CEARCTIC project, funded by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation:

    Aalto University, Finland
    Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
    Hamburg University of Technology, Germany
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
    University of Helsinki, Finland

Project members:
Jan KubiczekSören Ehlers

Funding Party:
Centre of Excellence for Scenario-based Risk Management in Polar Waters (CEPOLAR)

01.09.2018 – 30.12.2021

Project Outline:
The aim of the project is to investigate the fundamental law of low-frequency sound-excitation, -propagation and -radiation from the ship hull into the water and implementing these in a prognosis model. The model should provide relevant information in an early design stage of the ship to reduce time-consuming changes and adaptions in later project phases. The gained knowledge allows noise reduced operations and a higher acoustic quality can be guaranteed. Prospectively followed requirements concerning radiated underwater sound can be met more easily as well.

This project develops guidance notes on scenario-based risk management for polar shipping. It builds on previous Lloyd’s Register Foundation funded research in arctic operations to significantly update recommended practice. It enables IMO, Government Agencies. Class Societies and industry to establish and maintain the highest standards of excellence for shipping operations in the Polar areas.

As ice is melting at the Polar waters due of global warming there is a growing interest to operate in these waters by the energy and maritime sectors. The polar regions are already seeing increases in the transportation of oil and gas and cruising passengers as e.g. 15 new Arctic LNG vessels will join the fleet to transport LNG from Yamal to Europe and Far East and 28 new expeditions ships for Arctic cruising will be delivered before 2022. Even though ice is melting, these shipping routes will have significant ice hazards, which should properly be taken into account during design and operation. Existing Rules and Regulations for the design of ice going ships are either deterministic or address risks without proper physical basis. The aim of this project is to build upon knowledge and people developed in a previous programme supported by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation and use these to develop recommended practice and associated software for safe and sustainable design of ice classed fleets. The recommended practices will combine practical knowledge, state-of-the-art engineering methods and fundamental academic research leading to the definition of safety level at concept design and applying risk analysis tools to build sound foundation for proper decision making on various levels.