In light of the recent increasing interest in the oil and gas developmentsin the arctic region, Huisman Equipment B.V. has developed a Mobile OffshoreDrilling Unit (MODU) named JBF Arctic suited for arctic condition. The stationkeeping in ice is one of the crucial factors determining the feasibility of thedesign. As one of the first steps of the design process ice model tests wereperformed at the Krylov Shipbuilding Research Institute (KSRI) to gain insightin the ice forces acting on the unit. During the model tests the model of theJBF Arctic was retained in a fixed position while being towed through the ice. In reality the station keeping of the unit will be ensured by a mooring system, which has certain flexibility compared to the rigid constrains in the modeltests. This paper elaborates on the creation of a numerical model that canperform time-domain simulations of the dynamic interaction between the vesseland the ice-loads. Using these simulations the mooring system is optimized inorder to cope with the ice loads corresponding to unbroken level ice withthickness up to 3.1m. Several important conclusions were drawn. One is the factthat no dominating frequencies of the ice failing could be identified from themodel tests. This can be explained by a large ratio between the diameter of theunit and the ice thickness. So the ice failure mechanism has a chaoticcharacter. Another conclusion is that the unit does not exhibit significantdynamic behavior. This means that a quasi-static approach can be generally usedfor initial design of the mooring system.


The JBF Arctic is a semi-submersible drilling unit designed to cater thefuture needs for year-around drilling in the arctic region (Bereznitski, 2011). In the topside of the vessel this is reflected in the fully sheltered workingareas and number of other features needed for the winterization.

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