Improving safety in ice operations

St. John’s, NL – Rutter Inc. has announced the successful completion of a collaborative initiative with Statoil Canada Ltd. and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. The joint effort to improve offshore oil and gas operations in harsh environments with ice conditions resulted in the development of new remote sensing technology used in the automatic detection and tracking of ice. The resulting ice analysis features integrated into Rutter’s sigma S6 systems are capable of providing automatic identification, outlining, and drift tracking of ice floes; pans; ridges; icebergs embedded in pack ice; and open water leads.

“The technology that was developed has resulted in a large step forward in ice management capabilities,” said Fraser Edison, President and CEO of Rutter. “The additions to the sigma S6 system will allow the automatic identification of ice characteristics leading to improved operational safety and efficiency for operations in ice infested areas.”

The technology developed by Rutter was recently field-tested during trials performed by Statoil along with Viking Supply Ships in the Baltic Sea.

About InnovateNL – InnovateNL, through the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, is a single-window for the delivery of provincial innovation programs and services to clients in a seamless and more efficient manner. InnovateNL will support government’s approach to working smarter and more collaboratively. It will also streamline client access to government supports; leverage research and innovation resources; extend innovation programming province-wide; provide a full continuum of supports for clients from idea to market to internationalization; ensure other non-funding business supports are provided to clients and available in a timely manner; focus research and technology investments to projects/clients with global reach; and, build on priorities of The Way Forward.

About Statoil Canada Ltd. – Statoil is an international energy company with operations in 36 countries. Building on more than 40 years of experience from oil and gas production on the Norwegian continental shelf, Statoil is committed to accommodating the world’s energy needs in a responsible manner, applying technology and creating innovative business solutions.

About Rutter Inc. – Rutter is an enterprise focused on providing innovative technologies and engineering solutions. Rutter’s global network supplies technologies to improve efficiency and safety in the marine, defense, transportation, oil and gas sectors from its headquarters in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

For further information, contact:

Stephen Hale
Director of Sales, Marketing, and Business Development
Rutter Inc.
+1 (709) 576-6666 x 7127

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