Arctic Challenges

Arctic solutions


Shorter trade routes via the Northern Sea Route and the North-West Passage are opening up as a result of global warming, giving access to new reserves of natural resources.

Choose Bureau Veritas as your trusted partner to benefit from these new Arctic opportunities.

Hydrocarbon reserves in the Arctic area are thought to represent up to 25% of the world’s undiscovered resources.

But operating in such severe ice conditions and in a very cold climate is not free from risks.

Ice pressure, icing of equipment, and collision with icebergs are just a few examples of the challenges you face in this extreme climate. Low temperatures also create difficult working conditions.

Increasing activities in Arctic region require improvement of existing regulations and development of new ones to ensure safety. The Arctic eco-system is also particularly vulnerable, making environmental protection essential.


We have developed:

  • Ice-class rules for steel ships

  • rules for the classification of Polar Class and Icebreaker ships

  • rules for the ice reinforcement selection in different world navigation areas (NI543)

  • rules for ice characteristic and ice/structure interaction (NI565)

  • rules for offshore floating units

  • COLD notation for winterization
We also provide risk analysis and specific studies such as strength analysis or liquid motion analysis.

Our dedicated software tool (Ice-Star) delivers direct calculations for iceload, together with allowable ship speeds in ice-covered water, for example.

Bureau Veritas is part of a large R&D effort, working with key industry players to challenge the design of new generation of Offshore Floating Units in Arctic area. We also contribute to several ISO working groups focused on Arctic exploration and production.

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