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ForeCoast® Marine seeks partners to benefit from marine operations project

We are seeking end user partners to benefit from an exciting new project examining the impact of metocean conditions on marine operations. The project is part of the EU’s Copernicus programme and is being delivered by a consortium led by Deltares, and comprising of: JBA, Danish Meteorological Institute, CNR-ISMAR and University College Cork.

Several case studies are being developed for end user partners which will identify the impacts of metocean conditions on their current and future marine operations. We are seeking end user partners for two such case studies, Offshore Wind O&M and Ports/Shipping.

Partner benefits

We will work closely with our partners to develop a bespoke model that simulates your operations and the associated effects of metocean conditions. This work will be done using our ForeCoast® Marine simulation software.

Once developed, the ForeCoast® Marine model will be used to:

  • Evaluate the impact of metocean conditions on operations in terms of weather downtime, lost revenue, etc

  • Explore strategies that can help minimise the effects of metocean downtime

  • Explore how climate change may impact the effectiveness of your operational strategies in the future.

The Copernicus study will allow us to do this work for you at no cost, apart from a knowledge and time commitment.

Knowledge input

The principal input that we will need from you to help develop the model is:

  • Information on:

  • Your current or proposed operational strategies

  • The tolerances of your operations to metocean conditions.

  • Review of the outputs of draft model results to sense-check for realism.

  • Input to help us “tune” the model for realism.

  • Support with respect to developing strategies that could be tested in the model to help mitigate metocean effects.

  • Support in developing generalised indices for climate change that may be of value to the wider offshore wind / ports and harbours community.

Time commitment

It is expected that your time commitment will be:

  • Three half day workshops over a 12 month period, attended by key members of your operations team.

  • Approximately 6 days to: consolidate the information we require to configure the simulation model; review draft model outputs and comment on realism; help define mitigation strategies to test and review their results.

  • Occasional telephone and email discussions.

What will you receive?

The key output will be a series of Technical Reports that:

  • Describe the modelling undertaken.

  • Quantify the impacts of weather on operations, based on your current or proposed strategies.

  • Consider how a limited set of alternative strategies might help to alleviate metocean affects.

  • Consider how the effectiveness of operations might be affected by climate change.

  • Consider how a limited set of changes to your operational strategies might have to be made in the future to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Get involved

If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact Mark Lawless:

Telephone: +44 (0)1756 699500, Email:

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