Subsea Commerce in the Arctic Ocean
- The submarine cargo transportation system is designed to transport LNG beneath the Arctic Ocean's ice cap and elsewhere. It only has to be submerged deep enough to avoid striking the ice above. Since the sea ice cap is not that thick the sub only has to be strong enough to withstand relatively low depth pressure. (Image: Novan Research)
- A submarine cargo system shows the cargo submarine being pushed by a nuclear powered submarine. It is using the propulsion and electrical power generated by the submarine's nuclear energy. The cargo submarine can travel under its own diesel/electric power when conditions are suitable. (Image: Novan Research)
Recent years have seen a rapid increase in surface shipping operations in Arctic regions but nothing has been done for the subsea commercial shipping. New submarine technology to open up the Arctic Ocean's northern passage for year-round commerce is now technically feasible.