FORCE Site Marine Operations – Lessons Learned

Principal Investigators:

Andrew Lowery, Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy Limited (FORCE); Jason Clarkson, Operational Excellence

Start Date: November 2017

End Date: April 2018

In recent years, marine operators have completed dozens of operations in the Minas Passage, from research surveys to instrument deployment to the installation of electrical infrastructure to turbine deployment. Through both failure and success, these operations have yielded critical lessons for all teams involved and contributed to an understanding of the approaches, methods, vessels, and equipment best suited to specific goals.
Up to this point, much of this learning remains in the lived experience of marine personnel. This project will research, document, organize, and share these lessons in a formal report, for the first time. The report will be invaluable to future operators – supporting improved marine outcomes, improved health and safety, and the sector’s growing need for guidelines and best practices during this period of turbine demonstration. Specifically, this project will consult key individuals and teams involved in significant marine operations during 2016/2017 to:

  • Identify the methodologies, equipment and resources used in the marine operations at the FORCE site and determine their effectiveness;
  • Understand the effects of the tidal environment in the FORCE site on the various methodologies, equipment and resources;
  • Compile all information in one source which will outline the effectiveness of methodologies, equipment and resources into a lessons learned report in order to help future marine operations;
  • Establish which cost-effective tools for marine operations; and
  • Realize opportunities for process improvement within FORCEs standard operating procedures