WMO Hosts Workshop on Extreme Seas

WMO Hosts Workshop on Extreme Seas

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5 October 2011

WMO is hosting a workshop with representatives of the International Maritime Organization, classification societies, shipyards, marine designers and ship operators on Extreme Seas: Improving Wave Observations, Maritime Safety and Ship Design.

The aim is to enhance safety of the merchant fleet in extreme seas and meet future challenges – especially given that the anticipated shrinking of the Arctic ice will lead to an increase in shipping and oil and gas exploration in unpredictable northern waters which were previously closed to navigation.

“WMO has a long standing culture of cooperation with the international merchant fleet. Presently, about 4 000 carriers provide platforms for observation of various types around the globe. Needless to say, these observations contribute in part to the safe and economic operations of all marine activities,” said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud in a message to the workshop.

“Safety for shipping starts at the drawing table of the ship designers where structural matters are considered to make the new ships resilient to the environmental impacts. Weather and sea state observations from the open seas are part of the information bedrock of better ship design,” he said.

The conference 4-6 October is meant to promote the harmonization of ocean observation practices with the needs of modern applications of these data in marine design and risk based management of ship operations. >> Full story

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