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EMERGENCY RESPONSE


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UNEXPLODED ORDNANCE


The ever increasing growth in exploration and construction within the marine environment, especially with the continued expansion of wind energy projects, has undoubtedly demonstrated an increase in exposure to items of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO).


CONSIDERABLE PROBLEM


Some reports suggest that 1 in 10 of the bombs dropped on the UK and its surrounding waters during WWII failed to detonate. As such, bomb disposal has become a common addition to the planning phase at offshore sites in the UK and around the world. Should the threat of UXO arise during a project, a crucial question for operators is how they can reduce the commercial downtime caused. Moreover, how they can identify a competent solution thereby maintaining site safety and project continuity.


BEST PRACTICE GUIDANCE RZ_150810_AnzMNicholls.indd 1 12.08.15 08:18


Recently, industry lead bodies such as the Institute of Explosives Engineers (IExpE) and Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) have released best practice guidance and other relevant advice to provide support to organisations in the marine environment with regards to the management of UXO risks. Historically, companies who choose to recognise savings early on by neglecting risk management invariably encounter prolonged response times.


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This is primarily due to required permit applications and risk management sign off in the event that an item of UXO is encountered on site. This leads to significantly elevated costs during the project causing potential downtime of vessels working in the area and consequently delaying project completion. Whereas, companies who initially invest wisely, and entirely, in a UXO solution will secure prioritised response times and, in turn, reap the financial rewards during the project.


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