StormGeo and Deep Sea Mooring signed an agreement to provide notifications of weather-related movements of floating offshore units and vessels undertaking complex marine operations.
“We are delighted to sign this agreement with StormGeo,” Deep Sea Mooring CEO Åge Straume said in a statement. “It means that together we can offer an excellent planning tool, enabling users to make early decisions regarding forthcoming marine operations and thus minimize the movement of vessels and helicopter decks. This will result in significant savings for our customers.”
The notifications are made possible through a combination of detailed weather forecasts and advanced hydrodynamic models, which can identify critical movements on floating offshore units. By doing so, recipients can be alerted to the actual consequence of the forecasted weather on vessels, rather than just the weather itself.
“This agreement with Deep Sea Mooring complements and supports our ambition to deliver high-quality services that facilitate optimum decision-making on weather-sensitive operations. In a time when the focus on cost saving and efficiencies is so great, it’s more important than ever to combine detailed weather information with optimal planning capabilities to execute critical offshore work,” StormGeo offshore vice president Hogne Folkestad said.
StormGeo will publish and support the notifications and Deep Sea Mooring will be responsible for the hydrodynamic models and all calculations of motion resulting from the expected weather.
In principle, the high-tech approach can be used for all marine operations. As an example, it is now possible to forecast movements and wind speeds on helicopter decks several days in advance. By doing so, it is possible to determine whether the conditions or movements are within the set landing criteria for helicopter traffic. As a result, the efficiency of planning and coordinating helicopter traffic could be significantly enhanced.