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CARD is a medium- to long-term research & development initiative in collaboration with industry, dedicated to responsible, cost-effective hydrocarbon development in Arctic regions.

Researcher profiles

Freeman Ralph, M.Eng., P.Eng.,

Principal Investigator, Ice Management & Station-keeping in Ice

In addition to serving as CARD's Executive Director,  Freeman brings considerable expertise in Ice Management planning and tools and his deep understanding of ship design for arctic environments to his role as Principal Investigator for the combined Ice Management and Station-keeping in Ice research programs.

Freeman joined C-CORE in 1999 after completing a Masters of Engineering in Ocean and Naval Architecture at Memorial University; since then he has been dedicated to solving problems and reducing the risks faced by oil and gas development in harsh environments.

Formerly C-CORE's Director of Ice Engineering, Freeman developed and led a very productive multi-year joint-industry program on Integrated Ice Management and was intimately involved in research into physical management of icebergs: towing; towline design, fabrication and testing; and simulation of ice management operations. He also played a key role in initiating, developing and executing the multi-year Subsea and Pipeline Ice Risk Assessment and Mitigation programs (SIRAM and PIRAM).  Freeman worked extensively on ice loads and ice management for developments off Canada’s East Coast, the Shtokman program, the Kashagan Field in the Caspian Sea and several Arctic regions under consideration for oil and gas exploration and development. With direct experience in supply vessel operations, including iceberg towing, Freeman has sound knowledge of the offshore oil and gas industry and its safety requirements for operations in a harsh marine environment.

When C‑CORE created CARD with support from the Hibernia and Terra Nova projects in 2011, Freeman seized the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree and stepped down as Director Ice Engineering to join CARD and focus on researching the Probabilistic Design of Ships for Arctic Operations. This work was recently completed.

In 2011 the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland & Labrador (PEGNL) acknowledged Freeman’s contributions to arctic engineering and his community leadership with their Early Achievement Award.

For profiles of the other members of the Ice Management Team, click on their names, below: