Innovations to improve ship safety in the icy Arctic

The EU-funded SEDNA project is developing ways to improve the design, operation, navigation and anti-icing features of ships traversing the harsh Arctic region. SEDNA's innovations could help protect lives, safeguard the region's unique natural environment, and open more competitive routes for Europe's shippers.

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  Algeria
  Argentina
  Australia
  Austria
  Bangladesh
  Belarus
  Belgium
  Benin
  Bolivia
  Bosnia and Herzegovina
  Brazil
  Bulgaria
  Burkina Faso
  Cambodia
  Cameroon
  Canada
  Cape Verde
  Chile
  China
  Colombia
  Costa Rica
  Croatia
  Cyprus
  Czechia
  Denmark
  Ecuador
  Egypt
  Estonia
  Ethiopia
  Faroe Islands
  Finland
  France
  French Polynesia
  Georgia


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Published: 19 November 2018  
Related theme(s) and subtheme(s)
EnvironmentEcosystems, incl. land, inland waters, marine
Industrial researchMaterials & products
Innovation
International cooperation
Research policyHorizon 2020
Security
TransportWaterborne
Countries involved in the project described in the article
China  |  Finland  |  Ireland  |  Norway  |  Sweden  |  United Kingdom
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Innovations to improve ship safety in the icy Arctic

Illustration of an iceberg

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As the ice in the Arctic region retreats due to global warming, new maritime routes are opening up to shipping traffic. However the Arctic's extremely harsh conditions and the severe safety challenges for navigation teams increase the risk of accidents, casualties and damage to the environment.

SEDNA is addressing these challenges by proposing and testing innovative technologies and methods to improve navigation and traffic management, operational safety, ship design, fuel stability, and anti-icing coatings.

For example, the project team is developing a human-centred approach to improve the ability of the ship's bridge crew, especially those with little or no Arctic experience, to navigate safely through the region. The approach incorporates such features as augmented reality technology and better information management.

These will be integrated with SEDNA's voyage planning system, which combines ice monitoring and weather forecasting using big data and data management techniques. The team aims to improve the crew's awareness of the Arctic's changing conditions as they navigate and help them make the correct decisions as they chart a safe, efficient course through the icy waters.

SEDNA is also developing anti-icing engineering solutions to reduce ice formation, which can have a huge impact on a ship's stability, safety equipment and on-board safety. The team will produce prototypes of anti-icing coatings and test them in the field.

The team will also deliver new design guidelines for the construction of ships suited for Arctic routes. These will also cover the adaption of existing vessels to better withstand Arctic conditions.

They will also conduct safety assessments of low-flash point fuels and conventional fossil fuels and their potential impacts on the Arctic environment, vessels and crews due to accidents.

The assessment includes the drafting of a European Committee for Standardization (CEN) Workshop Agreement with technical provisions, safety risks, and guidance for the bunkering of methanol when refuelling from a truck, shore facility or another ship during an Arctic voyage.

Project details

  • Project acronym: SEDNA
  • Participants: UK (Coordinator), Sweden, Norway, Ireland, Finland, China
  • Project N°: 723526
  • Total costs: € 6 726 565
  • EU contribution: € 6 498 752
  • Duration: June 2017 to May 2020

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