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Arctic Council Releases Guideline for Arctic Marine Risk Assessment

Source: Arctic Council
Source: Arctic Council

By The Maritime Executive 04-18-2020 07:17:46

The Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR) Working Group of the Arctic Council has released a Guideline for Arctic Marine Risk Assessment. 

The guideline contains best practice methods and data sources for conducting regional and area-wide risk assessments concerned with ship traffic and operations in the Arctic. This Guideline applies the risk management process as defined in ISO 31000:2018 and uses the six steps of risk management process with some customization to fit the objective of capturing the Arctic risk influencing factors.

Marine risk assessments were, until now, conducted based on information on generic conditions and risk factors found in waters around the world, says the EPPR. 

“Operating in Arctic waters includes risks unlike other regions in the world, such as sea ice, rapidly changing weather conditions and vast distances to emergency response resources,” said Jens Peter Holst-Andersen, Chair of EPPR. “EPPR identified the need for a common approach to marine risk assessments in the Arctic after screening existing methods used in general marine risk assessments. We concluded that the methodologies, tools and data cover a variety of needs and purposes, but that specific Arctic risk influencing factors were rarely addressed.”

The Guideline targets methods and data sources used for Marine Risk Assessments (also referred to as Navigational-, Shipping- or Ship Traffic Risk Assessment) and Oil Spill or environmental risk assessments. The Guideline is intended for stakeholders involved with or responsible for optimization of risk management strategies concerning prevention and preparedness for loss of life and acute environmental damage in the Arctic region, including governments and administrations that have authority to implement prevention and preparedness measures, inter-governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and consultants. 

The Guideline also addresses more operational assessments that may be relevant for other uses such as shipping companies.

EPPR will host a free webinar on the Guideline for Arctic Marine Risk Assessment on 29 April from 14:00 – 15:00 CET.

The Guideline is available here.