Eastern Canadian Section - Arctic Shipping: Data Driven Decisions

When:  Apr 16, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (ET)
Associated with  Eastern Canadian Section
A number of recent events, including the entry into force of the IMO Polar Code, standardization of the World Meteorological Organization ice nomenclature and reporting, and especially a trend towards reduced Arctic sea ice cover are opening opportunities for Arctic shipping as never seen before.

Awareness and respect for the highly variable environment remains paramount to conduct safe and incident free operation.

In this presentation the voyage of two vessels through the Russian Northern Sea Route (NSR) are examined. The bulk carriers both loaded iron ore from the Baffinland mine in late October 2018 and transited through the NSR, with icebreaker assistance, enroute to the Russian Pacific port of Nakhodka.
Using publicly available data and tools developed to evaluate ship transits these voyages are compared in terms of safety and economics to the alternative route these ships could have taken through the Mediterranean Sea and the Suez Canal. Simply, was it a prudent decision to send these ice class 1A ships through the NSR in late October and do the economics compared to alternate routing make sense?

Speaker Name & Bio
JAMES BOND, Sr. Technical Advisor, ABS

Based in Houston, Texas, James is a Senior Technical Advisor in the American Bureau of Shipping’s Global Engineering and Technology group. James has worked in the marine and offshore industries for 30+ years, primarily in the fields of structural design and analysis. Involvement in Polar shipping and Arctic offshore exploration, despite its ups and downs, has been a theme throughout his career. He has spent time on ships in ice in the Canadian Beaufort Sea and the Gulf of St Lawrence. James represented IACS at the IMO on Polar Code, is a member of the IACS project team working on updates to the Polar Ship structures rules, is Chair of the IACS Expert Group for Polar Code. Further, James has the pleasure of overseeing and setting priorities for the work at ABS’ Harsh Environment Technology Center in partnership with Memorial University of Newfoundland in St John’s, Canada.

James has a Master of Engineering degree from Carleton University (Ottawa) and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He is a register Professional Engineer in the
Province of Ontario and a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.

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