Dr. Walter Kuehnlein

Founder, Researcher, Speaker, Advisor, Managing Director

sea2ice Ltd. & Co. KG



Dr. Walter L. Kuehnlein is Managing Director and founder of the consultancy company sea2ice, focused on operational and design related aspects of offshore structures and systems in harsh environments, especially in ice.


Since 1997, he is involved in the first drilling project in the North Caspian Sea, where he worked as Engineering and Project Manager in the US, Russia and Kazakhstan and today as adviser. From 2001 till 2009 he was Director at the Hamburg Ship Model Basin (HSVA), responsible for Ice & Offshore.


Dr. Kuehnlein is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the German Association for Marine Technology (GMT), Symposium Coordinator: Arctic Technology of the OMAE Conferences and was chairman of several Arctic conferences, including ATC 2016. Furthermore he is a member of the German Offshore Committee of DNV-GL, “advisor offshore” for the magazine Ship&Offshore and lecturing: “Ice Engineering” at the Hamburg University of Technology.


Dr. Kuehnlein graduated in Civil & Ocean Engineering and received his Ph.D. in Ocean Engineering at the Berlin University of Technology, Germany.

My Vision

Ambitious and challenging offshore installations in harsh environments have to be designed and optimized totally from an operational point of view taking into consideration the full range of determining factors, such as environmental sensitivity, operational aspects, technical possibilities, construction and investment requirements, lifecycle and operational costs.


This sounds unpretentiously simple. So why is this still a remarkable vision or philosophy?

Currently, offshore projects are mostly designed from an engineering point of view, i.e. the most reasonable engineering solution is developed. But it is essential to develop a holistic concept at a very early stage of a project. This makes it possible to formulate new offshore concepts and dramatically cuts construction and lifecycle costs. Cost reductions of up to 50% are achievable particularly for projects in ice covered waters.

Dr. Walter Kuehnlein

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