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Arctic Demonstration and Exploratory Voyage

Objective

ARCDEV project is a Short Sea Shipping (SSS) full scale demonstrator. It will concentrate on the operational and technical feasibility as well as on the cost-effectiveness of a SSS corridor linking all the year round the Arctic regions of Russia to the EU.
The verified oil and natural gas reserves in Northern Russia and in the Russian sector of the Arctic Ocean are very large. They are considered as one of the long term energy supply source of Western Europe.
Together with western oil companies and engineering firms Russia is in the process of developing technologies to produce and ship most of the oil to Western Europe. Instead of transporting the oil by pipelines through various foreign countries and across unsafe soil conditions, the industry would like to investigate waterborne transport possibilities.
The conditions for maritime operations are extremely harsh in this region. While the Port of Murmansk never freezes, ice conditions become progressively more difficult eastward. East of the Taymyr Peninsula the route is covered by thick ice throughout the year. In the western part up to Novaya Zemlia the ice conditions are comparable to those encountered in the Northern Baltic Sea. Generally the period of 3 to 6 months is navigable under open water conditions.
The project will be implemented through a fully operational winter test voyage to the Ob river estuary with two ice strengthened vessels: an EU member state flag vessel and a Russian one. The test voyage will be performed in the form of real transportation, delivering gas condensate from the Ob Bay area to the European market.
The main objectives of the Demonstration and Exploration Voyage are concerned with
- Year round navigation in the Arctic
- Safe, reliable and economical operations
- Commercial aspects of such transportation system
This incorporates a number of challenges with a direct impact on further developments in technology and investment opportunities for EU and Russian industries
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SSS corridor linking the arctic regions of Russia with the EU
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This test voyage will simultaneously serve as a test platform for demonstration of other ongoing EU projects such as Ice routes, MBB, VTMIS, BOPCom. The project will co-operate with EU's Joint Research Centre.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

FORTUM OIL AND GAS OY
Address
Keilaniemi
02151 Espoo
Finland

Participants (17)

ARCTIC SHIPPING SERVICE
Russia
Address
Kominterna Str. 15
183636 Murmansk
CENTRAL MARINE RESEARCH AND DESIGN INSTITUTE LTD
Russia
Address
6 Kavalergardskaya St.
193015 St Petersburg
EARTH OBSERVATION SCIENCES LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Broadmede Farnham Business Park
GU9 8QT Farnham
FACHHOCHSCHULE HAMBURG
Germany
Address
Rainvilleterrasse 4
22765 Hamburg
HAMBURGISCHE SCHIFFBAU-VERSUCHSANSTALT GMBH
Germany
Address
164,Bramfelder Strasse 164
22305 Hamburg
HELSINKI UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Finland
Address
Otakaari 1
02150 Espoo
JOINT-STOCK COMPANY "MURMANSK SHIPPING COMPANY"
Russia
Address
Kominterna 15
183636 Murmansk
KRYLOV SHIPBUILDING RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Russia
Address
Moskovskoye Shosse 44
196 158 St-petersburg
KVAERNER MASA-YARDS INC.
Finland
Address
Kaanaantie 3A
530 Helsinki
LLOYD'S REGISTER OF SHIPPING
United Kingdom
Address
Fenchurch Street 71
EC3M 4BS London
MTW SCHIFFSWERFT GMB H
Germany
Address
Wendorfer Weg 5
23966 Wismar
NANSEN ENVIRONMENTAL AND REMOTE SENSING CENTER
Norway
Address
Edvard Griegsvei 3A
5059 Bergen
NOTHERN SEA ROUTE ADMINISTRATION
Russia
Address
Rozhdestvenka 1/4
103759 Moscow
REMTEC SYSTEMS LTD
Finland
Address
Tekniikantie 12
02150 Espoo
SHELL VANKOR DEVELOPMENT B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Oostduinlan 75
2501 CR Den Haag
STATE RESEARCH CENTER OF RUSSIAN FEDERATION - THE ARTIC AND ANTARTIC RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Russia
Address
Bering 38
199397 St-petersburg
TECNOMARE S.P.A. - SOCIETA PER LO SVILUPPO DELLE TECHNOLOGIE MARINE
Italy
Address
San Marco 3584
30124 Venezia