The maritime and offshore industry can be subject to extreme weather conditions, especially when operating in a polar environment with ice-covered waters. More and more clients are looking at these new, harsher environments, therefore having both a comprehensive understanding of the weather and the ice regime makes sense as a complete package, providing cost efficiencies and a more progressive service for our customers.
In 2016 BMT ARGOSS added the Ice Charting capability to the weather forecasting services. As part of this new capability a number of BMT ARGOSS’s key senior meteorologists have completed an intensive training programme at the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI). The training has allowed us to better understand the ice regime, i.e. how ice builds up, how it moves and reacts and how it evolves during the season. Interpreting satellite images is also a key requirement for delivering an effective output. The ice build-up and movement is very dependent on the weather therefore our extensive meteorological knowledge and experience will help us to further improve the service we provide.
BMT ARGOSS can provide Daily Ice Reports with an overview of the ice covered area of interest, including ice conditions and boundaries, metocean conditions and ice and metocean forecast information. Furthermore, we provide Annotated Quicklooks, satellite image based ice reports including ice boundaries, ice mobility, ice thickness and ice drift information. BMT ARGOSS operates worldwide, for instance in Kazakhstan (Caspian Sea), Russia (Sakhalin, Yamal) and the Baltic Sea area.
The image shows the northeastern Caspian Sea and different stages of ice formation.