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Safety and Sustainability of Shipping and Offshore Activities in the Arctic: A Roundtable
Global warming is particular evident in the Arctic and the steady reduction of the Arctic sea ice has been well documented with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reporting that Arctic sea-ice extent has decreased by 2.9% per decade over the 1978-1996 period; sea ice has thinned, and there are now more melt days per summer. There is broad consensus that this warming trend will continue and that the Arctic may eventually become ice-free during the summer. Aside from the environmental effects of such a warming, another consequence is the increased possibility of the opening up of the Northern Sea Route (NSR) for high volume commercial traffic, a likelihood of increased offshore activity and a higher volume of tourist activities. Any increase in commercial activity is likely to bring with it associated risks to both the environment, to assets and to people. This roundtable will investigate the primary risks and aim to answer a few key questions.
*         What are the major risks to assets, to the environment and to people?
*         How can those risks be assessed, and prevented?
*         How can the risks be contained, managed and mitigated?
*         Is the policy and regulatory approach fit for purpose?
*         What other incentives could be used in order to make the overall process more effective?
*         Once a system of prevention and response/ mitigation measures has been established, what would be the best approach to monitor progresses of increased safety and environmental protection?
In addition the roundtable will look at which risks are well understood and which require research or action and will investigate what are the worst case scenarios are how can they be prevented?
The roundtable aims to engage multiple stakeholders with expertise sought that covers topics such as (but not limited to)
  *   Prevention and response to Oil spills and Hazardous and Noxious Substances (HNS)
  *   The use of MARPOL Special Areas and IMO Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSAs)
  *   Environmental protection
  *   Marine and Climate science
  *   Design and construction of ships and offshore assets
  *   Ship and offshore equipment including lifeboats and Personal Protective Equipment
  *   Navigation and communications
  *   Operations and human element
  *   Training
  *   Search and Rescue
  *   International regulation and policy measures
  *   Liability and compensation
*         Shipping economics
This event is part of London International Shipping Week, in which a report of the roundtable will be published and although it is intended that participants will be listed no comments will be directly attributed to individuals participating.
Experts wishing to attend this roundtable should send their request to events@imarest.org<mailto:events@imarest.org> advising us your full details and specific area of expertise.
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