Considering the water level decreasing significantly during the last years and most of the long-term expectations being its further reduction it is most likely the ACVs will start playing bigger role in the logistical chain for offshore operations. As most of the products above are mainly targeted for Ice Breaking Vessels support where degree of ice surface roughness has little value it is essential for maintenance of ACV skirts. In anticipation of growing ACV operations, we have developed specific set of monitoring applications to assist longevity of skirts ensuring continuity of operations with higher efficiency and safety.
In general, it requires ridge distribution analysis with higher attention to details and higher resolution images to guide ACVs away from ridged zones and supplementary in-situ monitoring program to verify ridge height.
Scientific and technologic background for recognition of ice rubble features was reviewed for the Caspian Sea in collaboration with KONGSBERG SATELLITE SERVICES back in 2016 resulting in publication at GRSG conference. Read more about detection of stamukhi on our research page. Ice Cover stability that maintains duration of route usability depends on wind driven ice drift events. Forecasting such events as well as usage of modelled data to monitor distribution of driving forece in the area is described in dedicated page for “Driftica” project