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JS Consultant (JSC)

JS-Consultant is a private Consultant for Arctic Engineering since 2001.

J. Schwarz has been Director for Ice and Environmental Technology at the Hamburg Ship Modal Basin from 1974 until 2001. In this position he was in leading positions in  the following EU-projects:

1. INCATS – WA-96-CA 1073;   DGVI-E3. Coordinator

2. ARCDEV –WA-97-SC.2191; Arctic Demonstration and Exploratory Voyage    (initiator and leader of WP16 ; Overall evaluation and definition of R&D needs)

3. LOLEIF- MAS3-CT-97-0098. Coordinator. Validation of  Low Level Ice Forces on Vertical Structures

4. STRICE- EVG1-CT-2000-00024.Coordinator.  Measurements on Structures in Ice

5. STANDICE – TREN/04/FP6/S07.31041/503721.  Coordinator

Besides these EU-Projects  J. Schwarz has been the scientific leader of seven icebreaker expeditions  (POLARSTERN and others) in the Arctic, sponored by the German Government


Tasks attributed: Leader of WP 2, Marine Transportation and Tourism in the Arctic Domain. Partner in WP 5, Arctic Governance


Principal Investigator:

Joachim Schwarz has studied  Civil Engineering/Hydraulics at the Technical University of Hannover, where he received 1970 the Dr.-Ing.- degree with the dissertation on „Ice Forces on Structures“. In the same year he accepted an invitation from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA to continue studies on ice for three years as Adjunct Professor. Meanwhile the Hamburg Ship Model Basin (HSVA) had built an ice model basin (30m x 6m) and established an Ice Engineering Department, of which J. Schwarz 1974 became the director.                                                  

J. Schwarz was the scientific leader of 7 icebreaker expeditions to Arctic regions, and member of the 1st German Antarctic expedition in 1979/80. He organized two International Ice Conferences in Hamburg (1984 IAHR and 1993 POAC) and had built the new large ice model basin in 1984, which some years later became a Large Scale Facility of the EU. In 2001 he retired and is working since then as Ice Technology Consultant. As such he is representing Germany in an ISO-Working Group on Standardizing Offshore Structures in Arctic and other Cold Regions. Since 2006 J. Schwarz is the Co-leader of the „German-Russian Working Group Northern Sea Route“. He received the IAHR- Ice Research and Engineering Award 2005 and in 2006 the Federal Cross of Merrit of Germany