The Offshore Oil and Gas Operations in Ice Infested Water: Resource Configuration and Operational Process Management

  • Odd Jarl BorchEmail author
  • Norvald Kjerstad
Part of the WMU Studies in Maritime Affairs book series (WMUSTUD, volume 7)


In this chapter, we emphasize the fleet configuration challenges of Arctic offshore oil and gas exploration. We highlight the role of offshore service vessels in achieving effective and safe oil and gas exploration activity in Arctic waters. We elaborate on the fleet resource configuration and operational management challenges. Data from case studies of operations in two High Arctic regions, the Disco Bay, Western Greenland and the Kara Sea in northwest Russia are revealed. The results show that the context of ice-infested waters, lack of infrastructure and risk related to weather and cold climate demands a more in-depth planning process including more companies and institutions, a more complex resource configuration with multi-functional vessels, and advanced Polar water competence as to logistics, managerial capacities, ice management and emergency preparedness. Implications for the industry and for further research are discussed.


Offshore service Shipping Oil and gas Icy waters Resource configuration Operational management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nord UniversityBodøNorway
  2. 2.NTNUAalesundNorway

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