Considerable Arctic exploration and drilling experience exists that may be utilized while preparing for the upcoming wave of Arctic drilling and production activities. The many challenges with design and operation of Arctic E&P installations have been exhaustively discussed in the past. This paper will briefly summarize these challenges and show how a significant number of them have already been addressed. In the 1970s and early 1980s, Arctic activities such as the Arctic Pilot Project (APP), the Canadian Marine Drilling Limited (Canmar) icebreaker research program of full scale testing in the Beaufort Sea, the Tarsuit artificial island, and the Hans island ice load monitoring programs have resulted in a considerable Arctic related database that may be beneficial today. The Canadian Coast Guard development of the Canadian Arctic Shipping Pollution Prevention Regulations (CASPPR) was based on extensive Arctic R&D work performed in the late 1970s and early 1980s. This paper demonstrates how the available results from these projects may be gathered, analyzed, and applied to address Arctic challenges that still exist, particularly developing and updating current standards and regulations.

This paper will present specific ice load measuring systems developed in the early 1980s by the Canmar team. Sample ice load signal measured in full-scale tests will be re-analyzed and compared to recent ISO 19906:2010 and IACS predictions. The applicability of these results to the hull structures of newly proposed E&P structural concepts is also discussed. The paper references the available past experience both in the public and corporate domains. The paper also proposes an approach to reach out to experienced Arctic professionals to assess the ranking of Arctic challenges and evaluate the risks and mitigation efforts needed to assure the zero tolerance philosophy for this frontier.

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