This JIP intends to contribute to the international Arctic community by providing recommendations for guidelines to enhance safe, reliable and sustainable operations in the Arctic. The focus of the JIP is on the operational activities for transport and installation of fixed, floating and subsea units, as well as for dredging, trenching, pipe laying and floating oil and gas production. It also concentrates strongly on related aspects common to all Arctic operations of this type such as, weather monitoring and forecasting, environmental impact assessment, logistics, equipment preparation, vessel operations, training and health and safety management.





The Arctic Operations Handbook JIP was set up by 16 participating companies in February 2012, consisting of offshore contractors, engineering companies, knowledge institutes and Arctic consultants, under a subsidy from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. The results are made public in December 2013.


Arctic Operations Handbook JIP


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.

Author: Ed Wiersema (Heerema Marine Contractors)
Co-Authors: Frank Lange (Shell), Gus Cammaert (TU Delft), Frank Sliggers (TU Delft), Wim Jolles (Canatec), Clemens van der Nat (Bluewater)