Towards an Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium



  • The harmonisation of the European Arctic Research fleet through a better coordination of European Polar Research Vessels and for a better alignment of European Arctic marine research programmes.
  • The development of an International Research Icebreaker Consortium through enhanced cooperation between European and international partners, especially with the Arctic nations Canada, USA and Russia, but also with Asian nations such as China, Republic of Korea and Japan, which are developing strong Arctic research programmes and related infrastructure.

This Works Package will cooperate strongly with projects from the EU Arctic Cluster, a network of EU funded Arctic projects, and IASC, the International Arctic Science Committee, on science planning and operational harmonisation. It will also work with FARO, the Forum of Arctic Research Operators, on establishing operative partnerships with international and European partners who are not part of the consortium, and OFEG, the Ocean Facilities Exchange Group, on sharing experiences of cost efficient common use of research vessels.

Work Package 1 is led by the Swedisch Polar Research Secretariat (SPRS).



Swedisch Polar Research Secretariat (SPRS)

Public Deliverables:


Implementation of the ARICE Operational Liaison Panel (OLP) with ToR


Guidelines on the conditions to access European PRVs


Map of potential beneficiaries of a coordinated PRV fleet


Identification report on contribution of a coordinated PRV fleet to fulfilling EU member states’ research interests in the Arctic Ocean


Report on the global present and future resources’ investments in Arctic icebreaker capacity for research


Modalities of European PRVs’ ship-time collaborations and exchanges


Recommendations from the joint scientific and operational workshop on implementation of shared European cruises

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