The PolarMARV Framework

Fennica-2For PolarMARV capacity, Global Oceans has partnered with Arctia Ltd in Finland to engineer and optimize the configuration of ice-breaking vessels from the Arctia fleet for scientific research. Annual availability is initially being allocated for two vessels in the Arctia fleet, the 118-meter Fennica and 116-meter Nordica, including for winter transects.

Project-chartered vessels will be mobilized with a suite of on-deck modular lab clusters with up to 12 labs and 2,800 square feet of laboratory workspace; scientific ROV systems through a partnership with Oceaneering Inc.; 10 km CTD cable winch for full-depth CTD and hydrographic profiling; dry and low-temperature storage systems; workshop with overhead crane; and redundant power supply.

Global Oceans is also developing a plan to replicate the capacity of the mobile Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) facility currently deployed through Argonne National Laboratories in the US to enable collection of a full range of atmospheric and climate data from dual modules. The PolarMARV project with Arctia will also integrate UAV/drone systems for cost-effective forward reconnaissance and data collection through Global Oceans’ partnership with the ThorpeSEEOP Corporation.

Polar-Adapted Modular Workspace Systems

A group of polar-adapted modular laboratories and workshops from Global Oceans supply partner, configured as shown in the section on Modular Workspace Systems, are currently available for mobilization on PolarMARV vessels. Additional polar laboratory modules will be built and made available in inventory as PolarMARV activity increases.

Polar-modulesLike standard modular systems, polar modules are pre-wired for instrumentation and computing, and engineered with clean power supply, waste management, water and gas supply, redundant HVAC and emergency escape. They are certified for global deployment by ABS, USCG, DNV, IMO, SOLAS and Lloyd’s.

PolarMARV modules are additionally insulated and have installed heat tracing within the module shell. Outer steel shells for polar units are manufactured with materials designed to withstand loading, attachment and underway operation to -50°F. Steel shells are stress-tested (Charpy impact test) for brittleness under cold conditions, and pass-certified in the manufacturing process.

Polar-adapted modules are also installed with redundant HVAC and power systems, and have lock-out entry and exit to control internal environmental conditions.

Arctic Logistics

TransportGlobal Oceans port services partner provides specialized polar operations and logistics support through two dedicated groups and logistics offices, for the Arctic and Antarctic. The Arctic logistics coordination office is in Montreal, Canada; and the Antarctic office is in Valparaiso, Chile.

Global Oceans is initially focused on developing capacity for the Arctic to support planned research in this region, and to link the PolarMARV strategy with longer-term strategies for extending and accelerating the acquisition of critical environmental data throughout the region. Working with our Arctic logistics partner in Montreal, Global Oceans has defined the scope of support available for the PolarMARV program in the Arctic.

This includes a capacity for in-field, remote vessel re-fueling with advance fuel deliveries in depot locations such as Port Iqualuit and Port Resolute; support for crew and science personnel change-outs; Arctic transportation, including helicopter service; emergency and medevac services; food and water supplies; spare parts; and other services.

Global Oceans will run Project Management Offices (PMOs) for Arctic region expeditions at locations within the network of facilities operated by our port services partner. In northern latitudes, Arctic PMOs can be run from facilities in Copenhagen, Rotterdam, Halifax, and Sakhalin in the Russian Federation (See map).

Based on specifications and engineering reviews of chartered PolarMARV vessels, our Arctic team will confirm required documentation and protocols, and obtain government certificates, for ice pilotage, winter load lines, and chart requirements; and can provide ice advisors on board for expedition transects, as needed.