Research Centre: Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering
Pressured ice conditions arise when environmental forces cause the convergence of ice, creating dangerous build-ups. This pressured ice an have seriously adverse effects on ships causing them to be stranded in harsh climates and increasing the safety risks to the crew aboard. Until 2011, no reliable method was available to predict these dangerous regions making it extremely difficult to navigate through ice-covered waters. Depending on the severity of ice conditions, a vessel affected by pressured ice can be beset between a few hours to a couple of weeks.