ABS Creates Arctic Technical Committee

Members of the newly established ABS Arctic Technical Advisory Committee are meeting this week for the first time in Helsinki. Comprised of prominent industry representatives active in harsh environments, the committee has been chartered to evaluate and review proposed changes to the ABS Rules and Guides that pertain to Arctic and cold weather operations.

Dr. Kirsi Tikka, ABS Vice President Global Technology and Business Development who oversees the harsh environment program at ABS, comments that while ABS has worked closely for many years with several members of the new committee, this formal group will add even greater depth to an already robust research and development program. "The concentrated efforts of the committee will allow us to more quickly identify and provide products and services that meet the needs of this very specialized segment of the market," says Tikka.

The committee has been established closely on the heels of another ABS initiative geared towards this market segment. This past October, ABS announced the creation of the ABS Harsh Environment Technology Center located on the campus of Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN). Supporting the development of technologies for ships and offshore structures operating in harsh environments, the Center will study vessels and units operating in ice covered waters, low temperature environments and severe wave and wind climates.

An updated and expanded edition of the ABS Guide for Vessels Operating in Low Temperature Environments has been prepared based on widespread input from industry and is expected to be released in early January.

Founded in 1862, ABS is a leading international classification society devoted to promoting the security of life, property and the marine environment through the development and verification of standards for the design, construction and operational maintenance of marine-related facilities.