Continental shelves are regions often exposed to strong tides and energetic waves which can mobilise and distribute the seafloor sediments. The movement of the sediments can give rise to quite serious risks and issues for anyone wishing to deploy an asset on the seabed (e.g. buried cable or pipeline, foundation unit, etc.). It is critical for ‘seabed users’ to understand the issues surrounding seabed mobility to help de-risk the vulnerability of the asset. Without such consideration, then a failure could present a considerable cost both in terms of loss of generating revenue for power cables in addition to the direct cost of remedial repairs.
With our associates Cooper Marine Advisors and in conjunction with our hosts (the British Standards Institute), we are holding a technical workshop (‘ Seabed Mobility and Offshore Installations – Developing a Case for Guidance’) at BSI’s offices in London this month. The event is supported by SUT OSIG and sponsored by Cathie (UK). This is a 1-day bespoke industry workshop. The goal of this event is to capture industry experiences, views and current approaches across a range of areas, and to provide a forum for discussion for the variety of specialists and stakeholders interested in this area with a view to development of a technical framework/industry guidance.