HALPIN Research - Breaking the Ice for the SEDNA H2020 project
[MV ATLE Northern Baltic Sea, March 16th 2018]
Three HALPIN researchers are currently on board MV ATLE, a Swedish icebreaker operating in the Northern Baltic to keep shipping lanes open. The HALPIN team are carrying out fieldwork as part of HALPIN's work in the Horizon 2020 SEDNA project. HALPIN is tasked with a significant block of work concerned with codifying ice and polar navigation knowledge, techniques and expertise that will constitute important input to later stages of the project on developing an innovative and integrated risk-based approach to safe Arctic navigation, ship design and operation. Specifically, in WP3 - Safe Arctic Navigation, HALPIN is leading T3.3 - Safe Arctic Navigation Assistance solutions development. HALPIN's work is focussed particularly on the acquisition and codification of expert Arctic navigation knowledge, on developing solutions, roadmaps and strategies to manage navigation aids and communications platforms limitations in the Arctic and on Procdedures and training guidelines development.
Maritime traffic in the Arctic region is rapidly increasing but there has been a huge increase in marine casualties in this region due to its extremely harsh environment and the severe safety challenges for ship's navigation teams. The SEDNA project is developing an innovative and integrated risk-based approach to safe Arctic navigation, ship design and operation, to enable European maritime interests to confidently fully embrace the Arctic's significant and growing shipping opportunities, while safeguarding its natural environment.
Rob Lynch (SEDNA project manager for HALPIN), Maria Looney and Paul Shanahan are working shifts aboard ATLE to ensure the entirety of the vessel's 24 hours a day operations are monitored and to ensure as much knowledge is gleaned from ATLE's very experienced crew as possible during the field trip. The data and information gathered will be added to the knowledge store HALPIN is assembling on ice navigation, methods, knowledge and expertise. That knowledge store will be summarised in a project deliverable to be produced in May this year and thereafter will be used by the project consortium as input to the innovation and design processes for the integrated risk-based approach to safe Arctic navigation, ship design and operation.