Abstract

Ice management is an important cost driver for oil and gas developments in Arctic regions. In order to evaluate and test various ice management technologies, full-scale trials offshore north-east Greenland were performed in September 2012 and August 2013 within the framework of the Oden Arctic Technology Research Cruise (OATRC) program. This paper describes environmental conditions in the area of the trials, presents the OATRC program in general and discusses the sea ice management trials of OATRC 2013. Finally, numerical simulations of the Oden icebreaker in broken ice conditions are performed based on the field data. Qualitative comparisons of the simulations with full-scale observations indicate further future potential of the suggested numerical approach.

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