August 2021

Seafarers come across various forms of ice

Published: August 27, 2021

Man wants to utilize the natural resources of Barents Sea. From the point of view of oil drilling and shipping, ice and the varying ice conditions are a challenge, and cause safety risks. In the Kolarctic CBC funded project Ice Operations, the partners SINTEF Narvik A.S. (Norway), Northern Arctic Federal University (Russia), Luleå university of Technology (Sweden), Storvik & Co Oy (Finland) ”Sozvezdye” (Russia) and Finnish Meteorological Institute collect data. The aim is to improve the accuracy of information about ice conditions on the Barents Sea.

Expedition crew members on the quayside, holding a project banner

ICEOP – Expedition crew members before entering the vessel, in June 2021

The project carries out its tasks by exploring and studying the sea ice of the area. Radar technology – synthetic-aperture-radar, SAR, to be more precise – makes it possible to get very exact information about the quality of ice. Ice can also be examined in cold-climate laboratories. Through the qualities of ice, the research can get further into defining what kind of risks the ice causes to e.g. oil drilling infrastructures and to shipping.




A sample of brash ice in a container of a cold climate laboratory

Shear tests on brash ice was carried out in the Bay of Bothnia in March 2020. Brash ice was collected at the harbour and transported to laboratory.
















A video released by the project presents some concrete actions carried out to achieve the objectives of the project.  

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