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DUE DILIGENCE


OFFSHORE ENERGY & THE FISHING INDUSTRY – MANAGING RISKS


In addition to renewable energy generation, the marine environment is host to a number of other activities, many of which occasionally conflict with the activities of offshore renewable operators or those with cables on the sea bed – including the fishing industry


KEY RISKS


The potential risks associated with offshore renewable and subsea cable industries come in two distinct categories. The first is surface structures. A typical offshore windfarm will be visible to mariners from a reasonable distance and are normally set out in a pattern with similar distances between each wind turbine. Electricity substations, which are similar in size to a small platform may also be visible and are used as a distribution point for the electricity generated and export to shore.


The second hazard for fishing activities are subsurface structures including subsea cables, which are prevalent in the vicinity of windfarms and throughout the waters of Europe. Other hazards


include final splices with pieces of wire arising from repairs to cables and repeaters or signal boosters.


COOPERATION


The avoidance of risks, both to offshore operators and their assets, as well as to fishermen, their crews, vessels and gear, are best mitigated by cooperation between all parties.


The offshore oil & gas industry has made progress in this area through the cooperation of parties with Seafish, the Sea Fish Industry Authority. Offshore operators provide Seafish with data which is then made available to the industry on its Kingfisher Information charts and bulletins, which provide the industry with regular updates as to the latest developments and structures.


Global experience, local understanding.


Contact OWC: T +44 20 3603 4350 M +7899 684411 E enquiries@owcltd.co.uk


58 www.windenergynetwork.co.uk


OWC are an Independent engineering consultancy focused on the development and realisation of offshore renewables technology and projects. An unrivalled reputation drawing on extensive technical knowledge and practical experience which goes back into the late 1990s in offshore renewables.


We currently support projects in Europe, US and Asia.


The Seafish model has been imitated with a good degree of success by the offshore renewable industry through The Kingfisher Information Service - Offshore Renewable & Cable Awareness project (KIS-ORCA), a joint initiative between the European


Subsea Cables Association (ESCA), Renewable UK and the Kingfisher Information Service.


As part of their risk protection and due diligence procedures, operators are strongly advised to subscribe to the KIS-ORCA project by providing appropriate data to Seafish. Whilst there is no statutory requirement to participate in the project, failure to publish data may even give a person suffering loss as a result of a conflict with offshore installations a potential right of action. Insurers too will also likely require operators and fishing vessel owners to utilise all available means to avoid conflict.


RECOMMENDATION By embracing the project fully both industries can work in harmony as good neighbours but, most importantly, help to prevent loss and damage, including risk to life.


Andrew Oliver


Head of Renewable Energy Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP


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