International ice monitoring experience presented at Arctic Projects — Today and Tomorrow

International ice monitoring experience presented at Arctic Projects — Today and Tomorrow

The 9th International Forum «Arctic Projects — Today and Tomorrow» held a session titled «Ice management for Arctic projects».

Acting as its moderator was Ramil Guliev, Deputy Director for International Work, NArFU Higher School of Energy, Oil and Gas.

One key project in this area of expertise that has NArFU as a partner is Ice Operations, a Kolarctic-finded project that has been in progress since 2018. IceOps is partnered on the Russian side by NArFU and SOZVEZDYE Association.

The introductory presentation of IceOps by Bjørn Storvik (managing partner of Finland’s Storvik & Co OY) was followed by the presentation by Aniket Patil, research officer at IceOps’ leading partner, SINTEF Narvik AS (Norway). In his talk on Ice Mechanics: Some approaches to ice modeling case studies, Aniket reflected on the practical outcomes of the studies into ice-structure interaction modeling.

Roman Aleshko, professor at NArFU Department of Information Systems and Technologies, gave a talk on Satellite Monitoring and Ice Conditions Analysis. Roman presented the method of interferometric SAR image processing, that was developed within IceOps as a way to measure the size of hummocks that can be hazardous to ships and offshore structures in the northern seas.

In his presentation called Environmental and Industrial Safety of the Arctic Hydrocarbon Production and Transportation, Ramil Guliyev, who is acting in IceOps as expert, spoke about multi-criteria clustering as an approach to assessing the prospects of oil and gas development in the Arctic, and convolutional neural networks as a tool for assessing the sea-ice cohesion and the risks to navigation.

Additionally, Ramil presented the progress of another Kolarctic-funded project — REMULSFO: Remediation strategies for ultra-low sulfur fuel oil in winter conditions. REMULSFO is led by SINTEF Narvik and has NArFU as a partner tasked with assessing the risks of transport accessibility of vessels using ultra-low-sulfur fuel, taking into account the criteria as diverse as natural and climatic conditions of the Arctic Seas and transport aspects. This project lays special focus on identifying the potential risks for oil spill response and testing the effectiveness of a chemical dispersant designed to enhance the biological degradation of ULSFO.

The final presentation, called Ice Challenges and Ice Management in Port Waters, delivered by Alexey Shtrek, Development Manager at Aker Arctic Technology, focused on the core activities of Aker Arctic Technology, a company specializing in technologies, design, consulting and testing services for ice-reinforced ships, icebreakers, offshore structures, marine transport systems and ports. Alexey spoke specifically on the technologies that are suitable for operation in the Arctic, as well as on innovative solutions for projects operating in challenging climate conditions.

Thus, the session served as a meeting point for businesses, design offices and research organizations in dealing with the ice-related challenges of the Arctic marine economy and safety of navigation. Summing up the session, its organizers noted the need to promote ice monitoring for oil and gas development, support further research, and introduce technologies for greater sustainability in planning the development of oil and gas fields on the Arctic shelf.

For more about the session and its presentations please visit

Department of International Cooperation

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