A new standard is being developed for the design of oil and gas production facilities in ice-covered and cold regions – ISO 19906, Arctic Structures. While the standard is due to be published in 2009, considerable effort has already gone into its development. In the present paper, some of the rationale that went into the development of requirements for floating structures in this standard is described. It is emphasized that this paper represents the views of the authors – the material is not sanctioned by the International Standards Organization (ISO).

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