The IMRF Secretariat are always pleased to hear of innovative research so we were delighted when, earlier this year, a group of 6 students from Newcastle University approached us with a project they were working on. John Dalziel, an IMRF individual member, kindly assisted the group throughout their project with advice on weather conditions, current vessel technologies as well as examples of search and rescue missions around Greenland. Jack Jones of Newcastle University writes:
We are a group of 6 students studying for a Master’s degree in Marine Technology at Newcastle University and this year, as part of our course, we were tasked with designing a vessel for a current maritime need. After some consideration we focused on Search and Rescue in the Arctic as there has been significant growth in marine traffic around this region. Greenland relies heavily on support from the Danish Navy and we therefore proposed the operational area of our vessel to be around Greenland in order to provide an additional rescue force.
Initially we looked at the operational area around Greenland, considering factors such as ice coverage, marine traffic density, port locations and restrictions. Combining this research and collaboration with Arctic Technology Specialists from Lloyd’s Register we were able to determine initial design requirements for the vessel.
Our design process then followed a three phase process with preliminary design, further design and advanced design stages. This, iterative process, saw the proposed vessel design develop from an initial hullform generation, incorporating preliminary engineering systems, to a final concept design. This design took into account many considerations such as seakeeping, vibration, added resistance and final outfitting. In addition to typical Search and Rescue operations the vessel is equipped with oil spill response facilities and this was developed to match the changing design of the vessel.
Due to the proposed operational area of the vessel, significant design was carried out in several areas where the harsh weather could cause potential problems. These areas included the hullform, HVAC, propulsion, and deck winterisation.
Although this project only looked at the design of a vessel, we are very aware that just one vessel would not be sufficient to deal with the vast waters around Greenland, and that a fleet would be necessary to provide adequate capabilities so given further time, we would have liked to have given more thought as to how this vessel may be incorporated into a fleet of vessels that could be used to provide SAR capabilities along the Greenland coast.
This project has opened our eyes to the importance of the Search and Rescue sector and highlighted the importance of the industry that so many take for granted. It is worth mentioning that we are very grateful of the help that we have received from industry and individuals who have been willing to give their time and advice with this project.
Project group from left to right:Sam Williamson, Ioannis Mavris, Jack Jones, Alex Steel, Harry Frith, Vincent Barrelet.