International operators are seeking, investigating and pursuing new business opportunities in the Arctic. While operating in the Arctic, there will be a considerable need for vessels to keep their position during various operations which may include lifting, installation, crew change, evacuation, and maybe drilling. Opposed to open water, the drifting ice poses severe limitations as to how stationkeeping operations may be carried out. Dynamic positioning systems are currently developed aiding stationkeeping without mooring systems. There is a considerable need to enhance the open water DP systems for use in a new forcing environment. Essentially a new technology has to be developed with time. For that reason, considerable knowledge is required concerning current limitations and boundary conditions. This paper addresses some of the generic challenges related to DP operations in ice together with relevant learnings which are employed in mentioned DP enhancements.

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