What if... harsh offshore environments could be navigated more safely?

ArcticNet (NCE)


The unique environmental conditions that exist in cold ocean regions can present special challenges to offshore exploration and development. Addressing these challenges was top of mind for 40 Canadian and international researchers who participated in an 18-day expedition in 2015 aboard the Canadian research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen. The collaboration between ArcticNet, Statoil Canada, the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Husky Energy collected scientific data and conducted full-scale field testing of key technologies that are critical to understanding meteorological, sea ice, iceberg and environmental conditions off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, including the infamous “iceberg alley” where there have been more than 500 collisions between icebergs and ships. Data from the expedition is available to all stakeholders, including industry, regulators, communities, government departments and the public.

Through this collaborative project with ArcticNet, we’re able to field-test technologies under real conditions. Our expectations are that the results will give improved sea ice and iceberg surveillance and forecasting models, which is important for facility design and planning of ice management operations.Tom McKeever, Principal Researcher, Environmental Technology R&D, Statoil Canada—Offshore Newfoundland