Investigation into fishing activity near offshore piplines

N.T. Hintzen, M.A.M. Machiels

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Abstract

On the North Sea bottom lie numerous pipelines to link oil- or gas offshore drilling units, - platforms and processing stations on land. Although pipeline tubes are coated and covered with protective layers, the pipelines risk being damaged through man-made hazards like anchor dropping and fishing activities with bottom trawls. This study provides, as a proof of concept, a map of fishing intensities in a buffer area around the pipelines that can be used in a GIS application by Fugro to assess risks and advise TAQA Energy B.V. on e.g. additional survey activities. The addition of a fishing intensity layer to the procedure currently applied by Fugro may improve the overall risk assessment for pipeline damages.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationIJmuiden
PublisherIMARES
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameReport / IMARES Wageningen UR
PublisherIMARES
No.C035/15

Keywords

  • north sea
  • fisheries
  • pipelines
  • injuries
  • fishing vessels
  • buffer zones
  • risk analysis

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