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NEW RESEARCH VESSEL R/V "KRONPRINS HAAKON" - MGG CONSIDERATIONS


New research vessel for polar operations - RV 'Kronprins Haakon'.

«Kronprins Haakon» – new research vessel for polar operations (image source: Norsk Polarinstitutt). It is built to Polar Class "PC3" standard, which means: Year-round operation in second-year ice which may include multi-year ice inclusions. Refer to IACS document "Unified Requirements for Polar Ships" which standardizes global ice classification specifications.

New research vessel for polar operations - RV 'Kronprins Haakon'. Click to enlarge.

Vessel is built by shipyard in Muggiano (La Spezia), Italy, which is part of the Fincantieri Group. She was launched 28 February 2017. Fittings continue at that site until delivery, which is scheduled by the end of 2017. Here is the yard's press release from the launching. Click to visit Norwegian Polar Institute (vessel owner) news on launch ceremony. Image source: Norw. Polar Institute.

The new vessel will be furnished with diesel-electric propulsion. Two aft azimuth thrusters each 5 MW should enable the vessel to break 1 m thick ice with a continuous speed of 5 knots, and keep 10 knots if ice thickness is reduced to 40 cm. It is approx 100 m long and 21 m wide. To put this into perspective, the German research vessel fleet flagship - R/V "Polarstern" - measures 118/25 m; twin variable pitch propellers each 7 MW permits her to break through ice 1.5 m thick at a speed of 5 knots.

This web page presents University of Bergen considerations related to MGG (Marine Geology & Geophysics) on the new research vessel "Kronprins Haakon". In this area we seek cooperation and coordination with University of Tromsø, Department of Geology who is also involved in a broad range of MGG activities.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1.  MINUTES OF MEETINGS, GEO-UiB RELATED


Minutes of meetings related to GEO/UiB part of the delivery.

2.  MARINE GEOLOGY & GEOPHYSICS (MGG) INSTRUMENTATION / EQUIPMENT


Item Description Sub-Item Description
1 ELECTRICAL El. cables, junction boxes, connector panels
2 SEISMIC SOURCES AND CONTROL SYSTEMS 2.1 Airgun controller (incl strobe light / warning beacon)
2.2 Sparker system
3 HIGH-PRESSURE (HP) AIR 3.1 Mobile compressor, inside container
3.2 Pressure sensor (for airguns)
3.3 HP air consumption - flow rate - pipe dimensions
3.4 Location of 3 ea HP outlets (PDF, version 27 Jan 2016)
4 STREAMER SYSTEMS Winch for 3 km streamer
5 GRAVITY Gravity meter
6 MAGNETOMETER Magnetometer, winch
7 INSTRUMENTATION CONTAINERS 20-foot seismic container
8 POWER REQUIREMENTS Estimate of power consumption, seismic equipment in IKT-central, during 2D seismic data collection

2.1  Rules and standards


Precedence order of rules is normally (and the most restricting rule shall apply):

  • Selected class
  • SOLAS
  • International applicable regulations and codes
  • Flag state regulations
RULES AND STANDARDS
Issued by Document Description / High-lighted sections
DNV-GL DNV - GL DNV-GL (Det Norske Veritas - Germanischer Lloyd) rules and standards portal
DNV-GL DNV service documents Document portal.
GL Rules for Classification and Construction -> Ship Technology -> Chapter 3 Electrical Installations 2014 edition
IEC IEC 60092: Electrical Installations on Ships International Electro Technical Commission (IEC) publication
standard.no standard.no: Standards for the Shipbuilding Industry -
IOGP Marine Geophysical Safety Manual, 10th Edition (PDF, 9MByte) International Association of Oil & Gas Producers - IOGP - issues HSE documents related to Geophysical exploration work:

Page 59:

When the airguns are being handled, the main switches for disabling/enabling, triggering and pressure control must be controlled and operated from the deck by the crew working on the guns, not from a remote location.

Page 60:

A flashing warning light and audible alarm will operate whenever any pressure is applied to the system when the guns are on deck. Such warning equipment should be provided at each entrance to the gun deck accompanied by a sign explaining the purpose of the warning.
IOGP IOGP Technical expertise - Safety -
IOGP IOGP Report No. 432, December 2009: Managing HSE in a geophysical contract -


3.  ARCTIC SEISMIC DATA ACQUISITION


Acquisition of seismic data in ice is difficult and challenging. We will here present how others are planning and executing such surveys.

ARCTIC SEISMIC DATA ACQUISITION
INDUSTRY ACADEMIA
Company Article / Links Institution Book / Article / Links
ION Geophysical1) has acquired more the 40k km (and counting) seismic data in the Arctic Shawn L. Rice, Tim Dudley, Curt Schneider, Ray J. Pierce, Brian Horn, Scott Cameron, Robert Bloor, and Zheng-Zheng (Joe) Zhou, ION Geophysical: Arctic seismic acquisition and processing, The Leading Edge May 2013, p. 546 ERICON (European Research Icebreaker Consortium) ERICON SCIENCE PERSPECTIVE 2015-2030

Plans for Aurora Borealis modified, new version less costly called "Aurora Slim".

Jörn Thiede presentation at "Polhavsmøtet 2013" re. "The Aurora Idea ..."

(TO-DO: SORT OUT WHAT WE CAN USE)

New UK polar research vessel Science plan new polar vessel
CGG Arctic Exploration GEO-UIB "Arctic Petroleum Geology", vil. 35, 2011, chapter 45: Kristoffersen: "Geophysical exploration of the Arctic Ocean: the physical environment, survey techniques and brief summary of knowledge."
Polarcus Arctic exploration - Wilfried Jokat, Vadim Yu. Buravtsev and Heinz Miller: Marine Seismic Profiling in Ice Covered Regions, Polarforschung 64 (1): 9-17, 1994 (erschienen 1995)

1) Credits M.L. for mentioning.

Future topic sections:

  • Dual-ship operation
  • Icebreaker leading
  • Single-ship operation
  • Streamer deployment
  • Airgun deployment


4.  DESIGN / ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS


If design, engineering or drawing assistance is required in relation to seismic electrical installations we could consider contacting these companies:


5.  OTHER RESEARCH VESSELS


It is possible to ask managers of other research vessels for advise regarding seismic operations, equipment details, cable arrangements ...

OTHER ICE CLASS RESEARCH VESSELS
Vessel Length / Beam [meter] Year Country / Institution Design Yard Remarks
New UK polar vessel 125 / 24 (2019) UK / NERC Houlder Ltd naval architects -
  • Vessel will replace both RRS "James Clark Ross" and RRS "Ernest Shackleton".
  • Science case (PDF)
  • GA (General Arrangement (PDF)
  • Ice breaking capability: Up to 1m thick at 3 knots.
(ST-344) 100 / 18 (2017) Peru / Peruvian Navy Skipsteknisk Freire (Spain) Oceanographic Research Vessel with polar PC7 classification. Will operate in Peruvian waters as well as Antarctic region (supplying base "Machu Pichu").
RV Investigator 94 / 19 2014 Australia / CSIRO Robert Allan Ltd. (CA) / Alion Science and Technology Corporation Sembawang (Singapore) Take an impressive virtual tour on board.
RRS Discovery 100 / 18 2013 UK / NERC Skipsteknisk Freire (Spain)
RV Aurora Borealis 200 / 49 SCHIFFKO GmbH (now part of Wärtsila) - A new European research icebreaker with deep-sea drilling capability - web portal kept for reference - plans for new vessel still exits, in reduced scope - renamed Aurora Slim.

Science Perspective 2015-2030

RRS James Cook 90 / 19 2006 UK / NERC Skipsteknisk Flekkefjord Maskinfabrikk AS (Norway) -
RRS James Clark Ross 99 / 19 1990 UK / NERC - Swan Hunter Limited (UK) -
RV Polarstern 118 / 25 1982 Germany / Alfred-Wegener Institut Scheduled to be replaced by Polarstern II ca. 2017
RV Marcus G. Langseth 72 / 17 1991/2008 USA / Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University Ulstein (Norway) Ice class: Baltic IA

O.M., 31 March 2016

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