Safe Operations in Arctic Waters - the Polar code and the need for vessel capacities and competence in SAR emergencies

Lead Author Johannes, Schmied
Institution Contact High North Center for Business and Governance, Business School at Nord University, Post box 1490 8049 Bodø
Co-Authors Tor Berg, Marintek, Norway Odd Jarl Borch, Nord University, Norway Kay Fjørtoft, Marintek, Norway Andrey Kazakov, Nord University, Norway James R. Parsons, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada Ensieh Kheiri Pileh Roud, Nord University, Norway Ørjan Selvik, Marintek, Norway
Theme Theme 2: Vulnerability of Arctic Societies
Session Name 2.5 Geopolitics and Security of the Arctic
Datetime Fri, Sep 16, 2016 11:05 AM - 11:10 AM
Presentation Type Oral
Abstract text Purpose:
The High North and its seas provide great opportunities for different businesses from SME all the way to multinational enterprises. However, operating in these highly remote areas under extreme conditions means a substantial increase of challenge for maritime safety management. Several studies have analyzed the range of potential incidents as well as highlighted the requirement for ongoing development in Arctic maritime emergency preparedness and prevention.

This study maps some of the most important current activities to decrease the likelihood of worst-case outcome in case of incidents on sea. One major measure is the implementation of the Polar Code as well as other guidelines. This leads to changes on demands for preparedness- and emergency management.

Increasing the overview on requirements for specialized equipment, tailor made trainings and education as well as on other means of competence-building in Arctic SAR and maritime preparedness management such as exercises may substantially contribute to a well developing safety strategy. Special focus is on preparedness building for key personnel including ship-masters.

The study elaborates a thorough review on innovation in preparedness management and a revision of the latest standards and guidelines including requirements by the Polar Code. Primary data among others will be generated from participation in several exercises focusing on maritime preparedness and safety management in the High North. Recommendations on requirements for vessel capacities for safe shipping operation and competence in case of SAR emergencies are given.

The study is both relevant for industry, for High North preparedness strategy as well as for SAR institutions. Having maritime safety management catching up with the fast increase of activity in the High North is crucial.
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