Knowledge is the foundation that all safe, smart and sustainable operations are built upon. The Arctic’s remote nature and extreme environment creates unknowns – for all stakeholders – necessitating a drive to gather information, share understanding and develop the required industry competence to negotiate this new frontier. DNV GL is at the vanguard of such efforts. We work with partners throughout the industry to build Arctic knowledge and empower technological solutions: conducting research, assessing risk and exploring innovative ways of working together.

Seagulls in the Arctic


Joint industry projects

Our ground-breaking Arctic JIPs include: 
  • MARICE (DNVGL-R&I, NTNU, Statoil, Research Council of Norway - RCN)
  • COLDTECH (Norut and Høgskolen i Narvik, Shell, Total, DNV GL, RCN)
  • SAFEARC (Rolls Royce, DNV GL, RCN)
  • SAMCoT SFI (NTNU + 20 partners, including DNV GL, funded by RCN)
  • ARCMAROP (ARCtic MARine OPerations) Phases 1-3  - Development of ice simulation tool at ship simulator in Trondheim (SMSC, NTNU, DNV GL, Statoil, Norwegian Coast Guard in Phase 3)
  • RISKAT - Holistic risk-based design for sustainable Arctic transport systems (NTNU, Rolls Royce Marine, DNV GL, SINTEF, CARD, MUN and Aalto) 
  • Arctic field logistic and transarctic shipping; Development of new business and commercial models for Arctic Transportation. (NTNU, ABB, CHNL, DNV GL HiÅ, Marintek and North Energy)
  • Arctic Materials project phase I and II (SINTEF, DNV GL + 16 partners).

Arctic research and development projects

Some of our research and development projects include: 
  • COSSARC – Concept selection for Arctic shipping; internal project developing a software tool to assist shipping companies with assessing the feasibility of Arctic shipping routes
  • New Recommended Practice (RP) "Arctic Offshore Design Loads and Load Effects".
    The purpose of the RP is to assist designers and offshore engineering specialists in estimating ice loads and ice load effects. It provides guidance on how to use ISO 19906 in Arctic offshore engineering, for example on how to obtain "appropriate design loads" from sea ice based on the information provided in ISO 19906
  • Update of the ISO 19906 Arctic Offshore Structures where DNV GL participates in several technical panels
    DNV GL is contributing in three technical panels for update of the standard, the panels for reliability, ice loads and floating structures
  • Update of NORSOK N-003 action and action effects on icebergs, sea ice, icing and snow
  • Development of an ISO standard for Emergency Response Planning, where DNV GL participates actively
  • Development of an ISO standard for Arctic metocean, ice and seabed data, where DNV GL participates on snow and ice accretion.

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Building Industry Competence

The understanding of the risks associated with Arctic exploration has increased since the 1970s and 80s, but while a lot more is known, there is also growing awareness of the gaps in knowledge that need to be filled. 

Much of the current practical Arctic experience and expertise is localised and limited to a relatively small number of specialists. 

DNV GL and Statoil are committed to preparing employees for operational realities in the Arctic and as such initiated a programme to enhance expertise and share and improve solutions for Arctic specific issues.

The Arctic Competence Escalator (ACE) programme worked to build knowledge of the Arctic and the unique challenges posed by conducting operations in the polar North.

Area-specific risks engendered by remoteness, darkness, ice and low temperatures pose major concerns for all industry players looking to exploit the Arctic’s resource riches. However, by facilitating collaboration within the sector – in this case between a leading operator and risk-management expert – understanding can be increased, safety promoted and new solutions explored.