A major area of concern for any offshore oil development beyond the Beaufort Sea transition ice region, the Shear Zone, is Escape, Evacuation and Rescue (EER) capability, due to the extreme environmental conditions that will be encountered. In response to a Shell Offshore, Inc. (Shell) initiative, a conceptual design for a 75 person ARKTOS Amphibious Evacuation Craft has been developed for operation in this region. This paper describes recent advances in ARKTOS Craft technology and new conceptual design features that have been developed for recent and future ARKTOS Craft, including the Concept Shear Zone Craft.

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