March 1 - The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) will host a number of Arctic workshops, with industry experts sharing views on key research and development issues in the region.

According to ABS manager of harsh environment technology, Hun Yu, "In the last few years there has been increasing interest in floating, drilling and production operations in the Arctic and cold regions."
The 2013 Arctic workshop will take place March 19-20, 2013 in St Johns, Newfoundland, USA. Approximately 70 Arctic experts from industry and academia will come together to discuss the challenges and potential solutions to operating in the polar environments, and to identify joint research opportunities.
At the last ABS Arctic workshop event in December 2012, the key areas of research identified were: the need for a global ice load model and full-scale measurement, more research and development on ice load management and mooring on ice, and Arctic regulation and standards development.
James Bond, ABS director of shared technology added: "As exploration and production activity move into more harsh environments, it is even more important for us to work with industry.
"Together, class, industry and academia can break down the technology barriers that constrain Arctic operations," Bond added.
ABS is a provider of classification services to the global offshore industry.