Can Offshore Operations be Environmentally Sustainable?

JIE - SUT, IMCA & THS:UKI Scotland Branch

30 November, 2023



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0830-1630hrs | Crowne Plaza, Aberdeen

Cost (ex VAT)

Members £149 | Non-Members £199 | Students £60

Sponsorship opportunities are available, if you wish to sponsor this event, please contact [email protected].

The Society for Underwater Technology, The Hydrographic Society in Scotland & The International Marine Contractors Association are pleased to announce our programme for our joint seminar.​

Sustainability is an increasingly discussed topic in the offshore energy industry, with terms like Net-Zero operations, electrification, carbon capture, renewable energy, alternative fuels and remote operations all critical to the overall sustainability goal.

In an age of energy transition, hydrocarbon recovery continues to be important for energy security while renewable energies become an increasing factor in the energy mix. However, hydrocarbon recovery is also of extreme economic importance in support of funding energy transition and Net-Zero goals, while also continuing to be extremely important for non-energy related requirements such as plastics and pharmaceuticals.

How can offshore operations be as environmentally sensitive as possible?


09:00 – 09:15 Introduction Keynote Speaker – Ross Dornan (OEUK)

09:15 – 10:30 Electrification

Bodhi Sarkar: Glasgow Caledonian University/Verlume
Co-Location of Hybrid Offshore Renewable for Off-Grid Electrification: Case Study on North Sea Assets

Julien Manach: Subsea 7
Comparison between an integrated all-electric subsea production system and a standard electro-hydraulic system

11:00 – 12:15 Environmental Protection

Peter Toxopeüs: Fugro
Moving to Net-Zero – the role of alternative fuels

Kris Vedat: P&O Maritime
FlexDelivery Optimising Offshore Logistics

Gregor Strachan: Oceaneering
Protecting Marine Mammals: Improving Accuracy of Identification and Safely Increasing Operational Windows

12:15 – 13:15 LUNCH

13:15 – 13:30 IMCA Update – Mary Ntamark

13:30 – 14:45 Optimisation & Remote Operations

John Murray: FutureOn
Optimising offshore wind farm design by contextualising key data layers in a design digital twin

Charlie Reith & Dr Ciprian Zavoianu: SeaFlo
Services Remote Maritime Operations Augmented by Intelligent Asset Digital Twin Technology and Low Touch Energy Solutions

Matthew Brannan: EIVA
How to optimise offshore vehicle time via better planning tools, smarter automated vehicle behaviours and rigorous quality control

15:15 – 16:30 ROBOTICS

Alan Anderson: Oceaneering
The role of subsea robotics in sustainable operations: Solutions designed to support the energy transition

Kevin Murray: MacArtney
eLARS – The world’s first all-electric launch and recovery system

Steven Cowie: Nauticus
Net-Zero Operations using shore-based Operations, Supervised Autonomy and Machine Intelligence