ABS knows the challenges of harsh operating environments offshore, and our engineers are working every day in our global headquarters in Houston and in our technology centers around the world to find solutions. Research initiatives are targeting jackup operations in ice-infested water, safe transit through the Northern Sea Route, adapting the Polar Code for Arctic drillships, developing a risk-based approach to winterization and nanotechnology research aimed at developing icephobic coatings that will prevent ice buildup on rigs operating in Arctic conditions.
ABS continues to host workshops and other invitational initiatives to gather industry input and to serve as a forum for discussing potential solutions posed by harsh environments. Discussion topics have included the role of ice management in mooring system design, disconnection and reconnection devices, practical guidance on global ice load prediction, corrosion and coatings, environmental regulations and how the industry will train people to work safely in Arctic environments.
In every case, ABS is investing its resources to make sure class is in step with industry needs, helping find solutions that will allow the offshore industry to break down the technology barriers that constrain Arctic operations.
The Polar Code introduces a broad spectrum of new binding regulations covering elements of ship design, construction, onboard equipment and machinery, operational procedures, training standards, and pollution prevention.