Safe maritime operations under extreme conditions; the Arctic case

SEDNA Focus and Specific Objectives:

  1. Create the Safe Arctic Bridge, a human-centred operational environment for the ice-going ship bridge using augmented reality technology to provide improved situational awareness and decision making with increased safety and simplicity in the interaction between users, complex bridge-based systems and comprehensive Arctic Navigation assistance.
  2. Integrate dynamic meteorological and oceanographic data with real time ship monitoring and ice movement predictions to provide reliable decision making for safe and efficient Arctic Voyage Optimisation. By giving full consideration to the growing body of knowledge about future ice coverage, seasonal patterns and predicted maritime activity levels, SEDNA will guarantee safe waterborne operations in the polar region.
  3. Develop anti-icing engineering solutions to reduce the impact of ice formation on vessel stability, safety equipment and on-board safety. It will achieve this by mimicking the ability of penguins to prevent ice from forming on their feathers due to super-hydrophobic properties as well as optimising the configuration of novel icephobic coatings (with controlled surface texture and chemistry) coupled with the electro-thermal de-icing system.
  4. Develop risk-based design framework to ensure that vessel design is connected to all key hazards of ship operation in the Arctic, including weather, ice conditions, knowledge on previous accidents and human system interface challenges. The holistic treatment of the ship design, operating regime, relevant environmental features and their identification will minimise impact over the entire life cycle of vessels operating in the Arctic.
  5. Achieve a CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA) on a process to systematically address safety during bunkering of methanol as a marine fuel15. SEDNA will put forward for validation technical provisions and assessment of relative safety risks along with safety zone guidance for three bunkering concepts: Truck to Ship, Shore to Ship and Ship to Ship. Special consideration will be given for ships intended to be exposed to the Arctic’s specific environmental conditions, by providing comprehensively comparative safety assessments of the use of low flash point fuels in Arctic shipping operations in place of conventional fossil fuels. The assessment will consider the implications for the crews, shipping operators and the environment.
  6. Provide suitable formal inputs to international regulatory regimes regarding regulation adaptation requirements, policies or guidelines in relation to the CWA’s results and the safety of LFPF’s assessment results, the ice-going ships’ safety design aspects, ground-based augmentation systems potential configurations, harmonised bridge design and others.

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