The prime purpose of the Arctic Operations Handbook joint industry project was to identify the gaps in the existing standards and guidelines. Subsequently guidelines were proposed for specific offshore contractors' skills which contribute to the development of internationally accepted standards and guidelines for cold weather and Arctic operations. The focus is on the operational activities for installation of fixed, floating and subsea units, dredging, trenching, pipe laying and floating oil/gas production. Taking into account numerous aspects of the impact of the Arctic on the described operations, it is considered that the overall risk levels for such operations can be reduced by adopting the reported outline recommendations. The addressed aspects are; stakeholder mapping, weather monitoring and forecasting, environmental impacts, logistics, equipment preparation, vessel operation, training, health and safety management.
The project addressed safety and sustainability of offshore operations in the Arctic. This investigation into existing rules, regulations, standards and guidelines and associated gap analysis is intended to provide a level playing field for the related offshore industry. Project groups were formed to execute work packages on; gap analysis, ice flow behavior, environmental impact, icing loads and liaison with international organizations.
Findings of the JIP studies collected in the Arctic Guide Report are summarized in the paper. The Arctic Guide Report is intended to be made public towards the end of 2013. The gaps identified and recommendations could support the further development of ISO/TC67/SC8 Arctic operations, SC7 Offshore structures ISO 19906, ISO 19901-6 Marine operations and future detailed JIP's.
The 16 participating companies, that joined forces in this joint industry project, consisted of offshore contractors, design engineering companies, knowledge institutes and experienced arctic consultants.