SARex Spitzbergen: Search and rescue exercise conducted off North Spitzbergen - Exercise report


Knut Espen Solberg
Bjarte Odin Kvamme


SARex, Spitzbergen, KV Svalbard, search and rescue, SOLAS, Norwegian Coast Guard, emergency procedures, Polar Code, polar regions


The objective of the SARex exercise, conducted north of Spitzbergen in ice-infested water in late April 2016, was to identify and explore the gaps between the functionality provided by the existing SOLAS (International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea) approved safety equipment and the functionality required by the Polar Code. The exercise was a joint collaboration between the Norwegian Coast Guard (using the Coast Guard vessel KV Svalbard as the exercise platform), experts from industry, governmental organizations and academia. The exercise scenario was to be along the lines of a “Maxim Gorkiy scenario”, where an expedition cruise ship sinks in the marginal ice zone north of the coast of Svalbard.

Author Biographies

Knut Espen Solberg

Department of Technology and Safety
UiT, The Arctic University of Norway

Ove Tobias Gudmestad

Professor Emeritus
Faculty of Science and Technology
Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials Science
University of Stavanger

Bjarte Odin Kvamme


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April 30, 2016

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