Information on weather and sea conditions onboard polar cruise ships
BRÂNDUŞA CHIOTOROIU, E. ȘEMȘEDIN
ABSTRACT. – Information on weather and sea conditions onboard polar cruise ships. The arctic and Antarctic regions are difficult to navigate because of their severe maritime conditions. Weather forecast, forecast of the sea ice and icebergs dynamics are extremely important when planning ships routes and tourism activities including embarkation/disembarkation from boats or landing operations. New meteorological services have been created in the arctic region for broadcast purposes. The information provided by these services and received onboard ships is presented in this paper. A risk assessment should be considered for Polar Water operations such as maneuvering in ice covered waters, anchoring, shore landings etc.
Keywords: polar cruise ships, tourism activities, hydrometeorological information, risk assessment
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