PREVIOUS ICETECH CONFERENCES
Hosted by: the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
(SNAME) - Arctic Section
Previous ICETECHs took
1990, 1984, and
ICETECH 14 - 11th International Conference and Exhibition on Performance
of Ships and Structures in Ice
Banff, Alberta, Canada
28-31 July 2014
ICETECH 2014 took advantage of
Banff's splendid summer weather.
163 delegates from Canada and around the world attended the
conference, participating in the technical sessions, the panels,
and ICETECH’s social events. The Banff Centre, nestled amidst
the beauty and splendor of the Canadian Rockies, proved to once
again be the ideal host venue. Approximately 20 people took part
in the Accompanying Persons Program.
ICETECH is grateful for the support of our generous sponsors:
Gold - Chevron, ConocoPhillips Canada; Silver - ABS Americas,
Lloyd's Register, Stena Drilling; Bronze - Arctia Shipping, DNV
GL, Vard Marine Inc. Our sponsors are crucial contributors to the success
of ICETECH by providing funding to enhance events and
facilities. Many of our sponsors have been with us for previous ICETECHs,
and we thank them for their continued commitment.
acknowledge the support and dedication of SNAME in
the realization of this exciting and successful event.
The exhibition portion of the conference, with 8 exhibitors,
facilitated networking with leading offshore commercial
organizations. The 2014 exhibitors were: ABB Marine and
Cranes, Advanced Mat Systems, ARKTOS Developments Ltd, ASL Environmental Sciences Inc, Informa Maritime Events,
ION - Concept Systems Limited, National Research Council of Canada,
The theme and subject areas of the conference complement the
growing interest in Arctic shipping and in oil, gas and mineral
exploration and production in Arctic offshore regions. In 2014
we drew attention to the importance of climate change on Arctic
operations – hence: looking to the future in a warming world.
7 plenary and 50 technical presentations,
covering a wide range of specialty topics within our theme of
performance in ice, with emphasis on icebreaking ships, ice
resistant structures, and operations in ice. These were
presented during the conference by authors from around the
globe. The 2014 Post-Conference Proceedings, whenever possible,
contain both a manuscript and presentation for each technical
paper, as well as summaries of the two conference workshops: (1)
Arctic EER and (2) Climate Change Implications. Additionally,
the film "Chasing Ice" was screened and was highly regarded by
ICETECH 2014 Photo Gallery >>
2014 Accompanying Persons Program
ICETECH 2014 Abstracts
ICETECH 2014 Presenter biographies
2014 Conference Program
ICETECH 12 - 10th International Conference and Exhibition on Performance
of Ships and Structures in Ice
Banff, Alberta, Canada
had excellent participation from our delegates, presenters,
panelists, sponsors, and exhibitors. The fall weather in Banff was
perfect, making the conference even more enjoyable.
60 technical and plenary presentations were given, covering a
wide range of specialty topics within our theme of performance
in ice, with emphasis on icebreaking ships, ice resistant
structures, and operations in ice. In addition to our plenary
and technical presentations, a special opening session was held
on Monday September 17 - World Maritime Day Observance: One
Hundred Years after the Titanic, which was hosted by the North
American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) and
Transport Canada. Additionally, two panels were held on Canadian
Arctic Sovereignty (Sept 18) and Arctic Design in a Warming
World (Sept 19). A post-conference workshop covered "Rebuilding
Canada's Arctic Offshore Petroleum Industry Cluster" (Sept 20).
The social and accompanying persons programs ensured opportunity
to enjoy the beauty of Banff National Park and an introduction
to traditional and contemporary local culture.
The conference hosted
177 technical delegates and 20
accompanying persons, 11 sponsors, 10 exhibitors. 7 plenary and
53 technical papers were
presented, with authors hailing from 9 different nations.
A special thank you to
our ICETECH 2012 sponsors: Gold: Chevron, ConocoPhillips, NAMEPA,
Silver: Arctia Offshore, BP Exploration Operating Company
Limited, DNV, Shell Exploration & Production, Stena Drilling,
and Bronze: EBA, Lloyd's Register.
The 2012 Exhibitors
were ABB Oy Marine & Cranes, Advance Mat Systems Inc, Arctia
Offshore Oy, ARKTOS Developments Ltd, Arno Keinonen Arctic
Consulting Inc, ASL Environmental Sciences Inc, Canatec
International Associates Ltd, EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd -
A Tetra Tech Company, Informa Maritime Events, and SNAME.
2012 Photo Gallery
Titanic PROGRAM (from Monday, Sept 17,
Accompanying Persons 2012 Program
Left to right:
Frank Bercha (Co-Chair), Roger Pilkington (Papers and Program),
Karen Muggeridge (Arctic Section Chair, 2010-2012), Mohamed
ElSeify (Program), Merv Edgecombe (Exhibition and Arctic
Section Chair, 2012-2014), Susan Bercha (Secretariat)
Not available for photo: Alex Brovkin (Co-Chair),
Dave McGonigal (Treasurer), Ben
images below for enlarged view.
ICETECH 10 - 9th International Conference and Exhibition on Performance
of Ships and Structures in Ice
Anchorage, Alaska, USA 20-23
ICETECH 2010 held
in Anchorage, Alaska at the Hotel Captain Cook from September 20
to 23 was a resounding success, meeting and exceeding
expectations in number of delegates, quality of papers, and
overall seamless and enjoyable operation! It was organized and
hosted by the Arctic Section of the Society of Naval Architects
and Marine Engineers (SNAME) in conjunction with Alaska’s
Institute of the North (ION) headquartered in Anchorage. It was
co-chaired by Frank Bercha (SNAME), Nils Andreassen (ION), and
Lawson Brigham (University of Fairbanks), and made possible with
the hard work of the organizing committee identified below.
The conference hosted 211 technical delegates and 28
accompanying persons, 19 sponsors, 18 exhibitors. 7 plenary and
over 50 technical papers from 10 different countries were
presented. An exciting social and accompanying persons program
The technical program each day began with plenary papers
covering the ice risk management, a perspective on offshore
arctic developments, changing Arctic ice conditions, Arctic EER,
shipping regulatory framework, and one on Norwegian and one on
Russian arctic history. Two specialty panels were held, one on
Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment (AMSA) and one on Arctic
Escape Evacuation and Rescue (EER).
Use the links below to view the conference program and
ICETECH 10 Program
ICETECH 10 Technical Schedule
ICETECH 10 Photo Gallery
The ICETECH 10 Organizing Committee:
Left to right:
Dave McGonigal (Treasurer), Nancy Hemsath (Coordinator), Ben
Seligman (Sponsors), Merv Edgecombe (Program), Alex Brovkin
(Papers), Frank Bercha (Co-Chair), Leo Blas (Treasurer), John
Cologgi (Liaison), Nils Andreassen (Co-Chair), Dick Prentki
Inset: Orson Smith (Papers), Susan Bercha (Secretariat),
Lawson Brigham (Co-Chair)
Not available: Dick Prentki (Papers)
08 - 8th International Conference and Exhibition on Performance
of Ships and Structures in Ice
Banff, Alberta, Canada 20-23 July 2008
The ICETECH 08 conference positively exceeded expectations with over
175 delegates attending, full sponsor and exhibitor
subscription, over 50 technical papers presented, and an
exciting social and accompanying persons program. The technical
program, the events, the setting, and the attendees made not
just a technically sound event, but also very enjoyable! The
technical program each day began with two plenary papers,
including: the changing Arctic; evolution of offshore safety
regulations and practices; naval architecture developments for
the Arctic; escape, evacuation, and rescue (EER); and current
major offshore Arctic projects and developments. Workshops on
EER and Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment (AMSA) rounded out the
technical program. Use the links below to view conference
program and highlights.
Icetech 08 Program
Icetech 08 Photo Gallery
Icetech 08 Video Gallery
The ICETECH 08 Organizing Committee:
Left to right: Ben Seligman, Roger Pilkington, Alex
Brovkin, Colin Revill, Frank Bercha (Chair), David McGonigal,
Merv Edgecombe, Karen Muggeridge
ICETECH 06 - 7th International Conference and Exhibition on
Performance of Ships and Structures in Ice
Banff, Alberta, Canada 16-19 July 2006
The ICETECH06 conference was held in
Banff, Canada, July 16 to 19, 2006, and surpassed previous
records, with over 160 delegates attending, full sponsor and
exhibitor subscription, over 50 technical papers presented, and
an exciting social and accompanying persons program. The
presentation program, the events, the setting, and the attendees
just made it a very enjoyable and technically sound event!
Highlights of the ’06 conference and the program are shown under
the ICETECH06 HIGHLIGHTS link below. Thanks to all those who
contributed to the ’06 resounding success – to the sponsors and
exhibitors, the organizing committee and audiovisual
team, to the Banff Centre staff, and most of all, to the
delegates and accompanying persons who ensured its success.
Highlights (4.0 MB WMV)
06 Program (973 KB)
Some of the members
of ICETECH 06 Organizing Committee at a planning meeting
Left to right: David McGonigal, Connie Carruthers, Colin
Revill, Frank Bercha (Chair), Chris Hill
images below for enlarged view.
members show Alpine style!
Performers dressed Alpine
ICETECH-06 Chair on a sunny fall day in Banff National Park
ICETECH 2000 - 6th International Conference on Performance of
Ships and Marine Structures in Cold Regions
Petersburg, Russia 12-14 September 2000
Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers - Artic
Section, Canada and
Krylov Shipbuilding Research Institute, Russia, in association
Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, Russia
Central Marine Research and Design Institute, Russia
The following conference themes defined the ICETECH’2000
Northern Sea Route: The scientific, engineering
and technological challenges for the design, construction
and navigation of vessels using the Northern Sea Route in
the 21st Century.
B. Vessel and Structure Design: Recent
Achievements in the research, design and building of ships
and marine structures for cold regions.
C. Vessel and Structure Operations:
Experience in the use and operation of new icebreakers and
transportation systems in ice-covered waters.
D. Environment and Codes: The environment
of cold regions and development of Regulations and Codes for
safe and efficient operations.
|Over a hundred
technical papers and technical reports were presented during
The following companies and organizations provided sponsorship
for ICETECH 2000 Conference:
-Krylov Shipbuilding Research Institute, Russia
-Bercha International Inc., Canada
-Cautley Enterprises Inc., Canada
-Fortum Oil and Gas OY, Finland
-Canatec Consultants Ltd., Canada
-R&B Falcon, USA
the Fifth International Conference on Ships and Marine
in Cold Regions
Calgary, Alberta, Canada March
ICETECH ’94 marked a
significant expansion in the ICETECH conference format.
ICETECH’94 consisted of three full days worth of concurrent
technical sessions, registration, receptions, different social
events and optional Tour of Banff National Park.
An Accompanying Persons’ Program was also arranged.
The following Topics/Themes were used for ICETECH ’94 technical
- Design Building Blocks
- Vessel Design
- Vessel Operations
- Icebreaker for the Northwest Passage
- Comparison of Design Concepts and their Operational
Twenty three (23) technical papers were presented during this
conference and two technical keynote addresses during lunch
The following companies / organizations provided sponsorship for
- Amoco Canada Petroleum Corporation
- Amoco Eurasia Petroleum Company
- Canadian Marine Drilling Ltd.
- Canarctic Shipping Company Limited
- Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development,
Government of Canada
- Det Norske Veritas
- Kvaerner Masa Marine Inc.
- Melville Shipping Ltd.
- Osborne Propellers, Ltd.
- Sandwell Inc.
- Canadian Coast Guard, Northern Region
- Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
Displays were presented by several companies during the time of
Icetech’94 Conference was chaired by Dr. Dan Masterson.
July 3, 1944 -
October 20, 2019
Dr. Dan Masterson was inducted as a Fellow of SNAME
in December 2014. He served as the ICETECH 1994 Chair. Dan was well known in the Arctic offshore industry. His career spanned
over 40 years, with numerous unique accomplishments and innovations.
His mentoring of those new to the industry was much appreciated
over the years. The SNAME Arctic Section hosted an Induction
Ceremony in Calgary on December 1, 2014. Colleagues, friends and
family took part in the ceremony and celebration. Dan's book, the
Story of Offshore Arctic Engineering, is available via Cambridge
Scholars Publishing. Dan is deeply missed by colleagues and all
those he mentored and inspired.
March 2015: Dan Masterson received the the First Arctic
Technology Conference "Distinguished Achievement Award for
Dr. Dan Masterson, long-term SNAME member from the SNAME
Arctic Section, was deservedly recognized as the first recipient
of the Arctic Technology Conference (ATC) award. Dr. Masterson
was a pioneering leader for over 40 years in arctic and ice
engineering and sciences. His work, now codified in the primary
standards for arctic offshore design and construction, enables
offshore exploration operations.
honoured at the
2015 Arctic Technology Conference, March 23-25 in Copenhagen,
ICETECH '90, Fourth International Conference on Ships and
in Cold Regions
Calgary, Alberta, Canada March 1990
Section’s fourth ICETECH conference, held during March 1990 in
Calgary, Canada, built upon the success of the ICETECH 84
conference, with nearly double the number of technical papers
(28) presented in 1990.
The event was
again hosted by the Calgary-based Arctic Section of SNAME. At
the conference, 28 papers were presented and largely published
in the proceedings. The main volume contains 24 papers. The
supplemental volume contains the conference opening speech by
R.A. Quail (then Assistant Deputy Minister, Transport Canada),
discussion transcripts for all the papers in the main volume,
and 4 papers that were not included in the main volume.
The 28 papers
given at this conference included papers on physical modeling of
ships in ice and pressure ridges, effect of ship-ice friction,
full scale testing of ships, operational experience with several
ships (Mudyug, MV Arctic, Oden), design of a new icebreaker,
impact loads on structures and ships, modeling ice class
shafting systems, propulsion machinery concepts for icebreakers,
transit route analyses, arctic corrosion problems, rules for
icebreaking vessels including the Canadian Arctic Shipping
Pollution Prevention Regulations (CASPPR) and a revision of
these regulations, materials aspects for arctic vessels, design
criteria for rudders, steering gears, nozzles and rudder ice
knives for arctic vessels, and the application of numerical ship
icing models in ship design.
show the participants enjoying an afternoon on the SS Moyer on
the Glenmore Reservoir, a dammed artificial lake in the centre
of Calgary. Shortly after these pictures were taken, the SS
Moyer and ICETECH guests were buffeted by strong winds that
suddenly came up, as can happen in Calgary. Fortunately the ship
captain took charge of the situation, and calmed everyone down
and successfully returned to dock!
organization was facilitated by Roger Pilkington, Colin Revill,
and Ron Ritch. Corporate support was provided by Canadian Marine
Drilling Ltd, and several other corporate sponsors.
ICETECH '84, Third International Conference on Icebreaking &
Calgary, Alberta, Canada May
This was the
first ICETECH hosted by the newly formed SNAME Arctic Section,
whose members had played a significant role in opening the
Beaufort Sea to offshore exploration over the preceding decade.
His Excellency the Right Honourable Edward Schreyer, Governor
General of Canada, officially opened ICETECH 84, a modest but
professional function which offered 14 technical papers to
approximately 45 assembled delegates. A letter of introduction
was received by the mayor of Calgary at the time, Mr. Ralph
Klein. The closing remarks were by His Honour Lieutenant
Governor of Alberta, Mr. Frank Lynch-Staunton. Chair of the event was
Dusty R. Miller.
covered the design and construction of arctic structures, the
design and evaluation of ice breaking ships and ice structure
interaction models, ice risk analysis, properties of a new model
ice, ship transit models and ice cutters to cut though the ice
for stationary floating production or drilling structures. The
final paper was on the use of steel and concrete in Arctic
ICETECH organizing committee, in addition to Chair Dusty Miller,
consisted of Wim Jolles as vice chair, Alex Brydon and John
Wainwright – treasurers, Kin Fue Fee – secretary, Ron Ritch –
papers, Justin Brinkhuysen – registration, and Jakub Ciring –
translations, and Chet Parry – sound.
SNAME ICETECH Predecessors
Ice Tech '81: Second International Conference on Icebreaking &
occurred shortly after the Manhattan made its epic journey
through the North West Passage. There were several papers on the
structural aspects of icebreaking ships. The conference was
staged in Ottawa, Canada.
Tech 1975: First Symposium on Icebreaking & Related
This event was
hosted by the Eastern Canadian Section of SNAME and held in
Montreal, Canada during April of 1975. There were 15 papers on
icebreaker propulsion, ship resistance in ice and mush ice, hull
impact loads, modeling, scaling system for modeling in ice,
improvement to ice breaking by air cushion technology, ice
structure interaction, a design for Baltic Icebreaker, and
powering of ships for operations.