Arctic marine delivery systems provide an alternative to pipelines in transporting oil and gas from the Arctic, particularly for extensive geological plays identified offshore the Alaskan north slope, in the Canadian Beaufort Sea, and in the Canadian Arctic Islands. Arctic class ships must be able to operate year round in these areas and have a minimum capability of breaking eight feet of first-year level ice continuously. To achieve this, ships will have to be constructed to strength levels even greater than that required by Canadian regulations. As current propulsion system technology limits on board horsepower to first-year ice handling levels only, additional icebreaker support would be prudent. The present level of icebreaker technology cannot be comfortably extrapolated to Arctic working to demonstrate the feasibility of Arctic marine private industry Arctic marine development program is working to demonstrate the fdeasibility of Arctic marine transport by 1982, and to build commercial Arctic ships for 1985 operation. The AML-SX4, to be operational this year, is one in a series of research vessels to be tested in the program.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of the Eleventh Annual OTC held in Houston, Texas April 30-May 3 1979, Volume 4.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Offshore Technology Conference

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    Dallas, TX  United States  45206
  • Authors:
    • McKenzie, M B
    • Johansson, B M
  • Publication Date: 1979-12

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  • Accession Number: 00195811
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Offshore Technology Conference
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Volume 4 Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1979 12:00AM