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    Programme announced for Arctic shipping conference

    News // December 18, 2013

    The Arctic is the new and challenging frontier with its opportunities for both general shipping and offshore support vessels servicing the emerging and growing energy sector.
    Speakers from Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Russia and the UK at the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) 2nd Arctic Shipping Technology Conference (London, Wednesday 4 – Thursday 5 February 2014) will discuss and demonstrate solutions to the technical challenges of operating ships in a safe, environmentally compliant and profitable way in this hostile and highly regulated environment.
    “The business case for a Northern Sea route (NSR) delivering impressive savings in transit times, fuel savings and reduced emissions is well understood by shipping, as are the opportunities to service the oil and gas industry developing the Arctic’s energy resources,” explains Professor John Carlton FREng, FIMarEST, Professor of Marine Engineering, City University London, a Past President of IMarEST. “Servicing the oil and gas industry in this inhospitable environment presents special challenges for the offshore support sector, at least equal to those transiting the NSR.
    “Things are moving on fast and it is true to say that while shipping leaders see opportunities to reduce transit times to markets and for servicing the offshore sector, it will be engineers who provide solutions to the engineering and technical challenges of operating in this region,” he adds. “IMarEST and its members are particularly well placed to respond to the questions posed by the technical and regulatory challenges of operating in Arctic waters – engineers relish rising to challenges! The answers they produce will determine the attractiveness, in terms of both economics and environmental safety, of operating in these conditions.
    “It is these challenges - and some of the answers - that will be presented and discussed during our two day event in February, with its theme ‘Technical Challenges of Profit with Environmental Safety’, by means of keynote addresses; presentations; case histories; and that most invaluable tool of all – networking. If you have an interest in Arctic operations, I urge you join us to help determine the face of future operations.”
    Following introductory remarks by Professor Carlton, the conference will see two scene setting keynote addresses delivered – ‘Strategic drivers’ by Christian Le Mičre, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS); and Colin Manson FIMarEST, Director, Manson Oceanographic Consultancy who will address ‘Regulation and the Polar Code: The impact the Code will have on Engineering’.
    Following on from those, the first session of the day looks at ship design – ‘Green ship for the Arctic’;’ EEDI and ice-going vessels – the key questions’; ‘Complex approach to ice going vessels’ design: Ice performance, ice belt strength, manoeuvrability in ice, propulsions system’; and ‘Latest technology developments for ice transiting vessels’. This is followed by a session on Winterisation looking at ‘Reducing the impact of icing on operations and costs’; ‘Minimising icing by the efficient use of power and environmentally friendly methods’; Using vibration – a new de-icing method for LNG and other pipes’; and the ‘Coatings Technology Forum’.
    Day two begins with a session on Arctic Operations and with a presentation by Simon Culshaw FIMarEST, Director, CTS Marine Consultants Limited on ‘Sub-arctic environmental impact study and route optimisation through remote sensing’; and then continues with ‘Crew training and risk management for Arctic operations’; ‘Life saving equipment – latest advances’; and ‘Spotlight on LNG – technical challenges of the NSR’.
    The final session of the two day conference covers the all-important issue of Propulsion. Oskar Levander, VP Innovation, Engineering & Technology – Marine, Rolls-Royce will address ‘Propulsion solutions for ice operations’; which will be followed by ‘Podded propulsion in ice’; ‘Two-stroke main engines for ice classed ships’; ‘Finnish-Swedish Ice Class Rules for azimuthing thrusters’; and finally, under the  topic heading ‘Ice Class approval and real time measurement’ there will be a case study on MV Scarven.

    The first day of the Arctic Shipping Technology Conference will end with the Gordon Hodge Memorial Lecture which will be open to conference delegates and non-delegates alike. The conference and lecture reception will follow providing an opportunity for networking.
    Aimed at shipowners and operators; superintendents, marine engineers, structural and design engineers; naval architects and marine surveyors; health and safety executives; engine and equipment manufacturers; shipbuilding and ship repair experts; maintenance specialists; maritime administrations; and salvage and pollution response professionals, online registration for the 2nd Arctic Shipping Technology Conference is at - an early bird discounted registration price is in operation until Friday 3 January. Information is also available from and from +44 (0)20 7382 2702/2617.



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