Rigs-to-reef benefits

For centuries, fishermen have known that structures in the water attract fish, but  the science behind why that is or how manmade structures in the water impact the environment is less understood. Researching artificial reef’s role is important in areas where manmade structures are large and complex and new rules requiring the  decomissioning and removal of oil and gas plataforms are challenging the future of marine habitats.

The Artificial Reef Program is converting decomissioned oil plataforms, ships and other materials into a network of artificial reefs that enhance recreational and comercial activities such as fishing and diving.

The Sportfish Center begin their work with Texas Park and Wildlife Department’s Rigs-to-reefs program in 2012, a rigorous monitoring program that employs traditional sampling methodos (vertical line surveys, large hooks to get a sample of fish species, fish trapes for smaller reef fishes) and new technology as ROV and acoustic tagging. The use of ROV allow scientist to get more data about the specific densities of fish species and conduct better comparision of artificial and natural reefs habitats. The Acoustic and satellite tagging allow the real-time tracking of sharks troughout the Gul of Mexico and Caribbean, including on artificial reefs. So far, the monitoring program has been able to to see that the artificial reefs attracts the fishes already living in the area and also are producing new marine life.

With oil and gas producing expanding worlwide, is important to understand the role of artificial reefs in our oceans.

The director of The Sportfish Center concludes: Rigs-to-reefs  can produce fish, reduce pressure on natural systems and are an example of the partnership between oil and gas industry and resource managers, where the environment and economy benefit.


REFERENCE:  Oases of Life. EcoMagazine, September 2017, 30-35p.





DeepSea Environmental Monitoring Cluster Round Table

Please join us on the 9th of November 2017 in Rio de Janeiro to discuss the current scenario for environmental monitoring management during decommissioning processes of offshore structures in Norway and Brazil.

The seminar is part of a series of events from the 31st Oct – 13th Nov organized by Innovation Norway, the Norwegian Consulate General, and the Norwegian Embassy.

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13:00 Welcome Coffee

13:20 Round Table Presentation

13:40 DeepSea Project Experience and Prospects with Claudia Erber

Biologist, Msc. and MBA in Environmental Science. Developed her expertise in bioacoustics of cetaceans. Has extensive experience in projects related to environmental impact of energy industry on the marine environment, from the preparation of reports to Control Environmental Impact Assessment to the implementation of projects onboard ships and rigs. Managed Beaches Monitoring Projects, integrating development, environment and fishing communities. At Runde Miljøsenter is studying the deep-sea life onboard subsea vessels during O&G operations. In 2016 started to develop an unique bilateral cooperation within research and development, including industry from Brazil and Norway.

14:00 Innovation Norway Experience with Cluster Development with Rune Andersen

Rune has worked strengthening the commercial and RD&I ties between Norway and Brazil for several years from the Oslo office. Since 2012, Rune has worked based at Rio office. Rune has an extensive knowledge about the Brazilian culture, institutions and language. In addition, he works in close cooperation with clusters and research institutions. He has a MSc in Economics from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration.

14:20 SERPENT Project Experience with Decommissioning Process with Daniel Jones

Principal Scientist at Natural Environment Research Council (Sep 2015 – Present). Senior Scientist at Natural Environment Research Council (Apr 2010 – Sep 2015) at National Oceanography Centre. Secondment to Safety & Operational Risk Group BP (2012). Senior Researcher at University of Southampton (Feb 2006 – Apr 2010). PhD Biologist (2002 – 2005). MSc, Marine Resource Management, Heriot-Watt University (2001 – 2002) and BSc (hons) Bangor University, Marine Biology (1998 – 2001).

14:40 Coffee Break

15:00 – 17:00 Round Table Discussion


Marcelo Mafra – ANP

He has been working at ANP as a specialist in Oil & Gas regulation since 2006, having a short experience at the Downstream Division, performing inspections at Brazilian fuel retailers market. In 2008 he moved to the National Content Division, taking the position of Head of Local Content in 2011. In November of 2013 Marcelo accepted the invitation of ANP’s Board to be the Head of Operational Safety and Environment. Among other positions, Marcelo worked as Oil & Gas Project Coordinator at FIRJAN (Industry Federation of Rio de Janeiro State) and was a Development Engineer at the Materials Division of Petrobras.

Antonio Borges – IBAMA

Coordination of the environmental licensing of offshore oil and gas activities, and ports. Presidency of the Federal Environmental Compensation Committee, which is responsible for the allocation of federal environmental compensation resources.

Vicente Carrasco – Kongsberg Maritime do Brasil Ltda.

Service engineer (s.a. sedni): Service assistance engineer on Simulators and Navigation System from Norcontrol Systems & Norcontrol Seacraft. Level measurement System from Scana Skarpenor.S ervice engineer (simrad spain sl): Customer Support on Fishery, Fishery Research, Simulation, Hydrographic and Yachting Equipment. Sales assistance for demonstrations, seminars, daily contact with local dealers. SUBSEA Sales manager (simrad spain sl ): Sales & marketing on Simulation, Hydrographic & Fishery Research Equipment and Subsea Portfolio in general. Actually, on sales for Subsea portfolio.

Daniel Jones – SERPENT

Principal Scientist at Natural Environment Research Council (Sep 2015 – Present). Senior Scientist at Natural Environment Research Council (Apr 2010 – Sep 2015) at National Oceanography Centre. Secondment to Safety & Operational Risk Group BP (2012). Senior Researcher at University of Southampton (Feb 2006 – Apr 2010). PhD Biologist (2002 – 2005). MSc, Marine Resource Management, Heriot-Watt University (2001 – 2002) and BSc (hons) Bangor University, Marine Biology (1998 – 2001).

Ana Paula Brandao Pinto – Statoil Brazil Oil & Gas

Master in Marine Science by Santa Úrsula University. Environmental Analyst Statoil Brasil. Ten years of experience on the implementation of Environmental Projects requested by IBAMA – Brazilian Environmental Agency, in the E&P industry. Participation on PEMCA Project (monitoring of calcareous algae from Peregrino Field, Campos Basin) in 2012 (Lander and ROSpeaker Company

Gulbrand Wangen – Norwegian Energy Partners

Experienced Director with a demonstrated history of working in the oil & energy industry. Skilled in Petroleum and Renewable Energy, Strategy and Supply Chain Mangement. Market experience from Africa, Brazil and India. Strong professional with a Dr. Ing. focused in Energy Management and System Technology from NTNU, Trondheim. Norway

Mauricio da Rocha Fragoso – Prooceano

Oceanographer with a PhD in Computational Modeling in Environmental Engineering at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Has been working on regional ocean modelling, data assimilation and ocean measurements with gliders, Argo floats, drifters and remote sensing. He is one of the founders of Prooceano, an oceanographic technology company created in Rio de Janeiro in 2004, which provides services for Oil & Gas industry. Since 2012, became the General Manager, when Prooceano became part of the French international Group CLS. He is the Coordinator of Project Azul, the first Ocean Observing System established in Brazil, performed in collaboration with Federal University of Rio.

Round-table Coordinator:

Leonardo Santi – CSA Ciências Oceânicas – A Continental Shelf Associates Company

Marine Biologist, Master degree in Marine Science and PhD Biological Oceanography with 20 years of oceanographic and environmental science experience. Senior Scientist in CSA Continental Shelf Associates Inc. (CSA Ciências Oceânica Ltda.), developing projects, proposals, and project logistics. Party Chief onboard research cruises for 10 years, using knowledge in Health, Safety, Security, and Environment (HSSE) requirements to conduct offshore projects and preparing vessels for port audits and client needs.




V November Conference

V November Conference

NOVEMBER 6th & 7th , 2017


The November Conference will in 2017 focus on six thematic research areas, each closely related to the technological target areas in the BN21 agreement. These areas are not only important for both countries’ energy industry, but are also based on on-going bilateral RI&E partnerships between Brazilian and Norwegian institutions. The common goal of the conference on both the Brazilian and the Norwegian sides is that these research areas should not only foster and promote more state-of-the-art research but also generate relevant higher education and increased cooperation with industry.

Registration will be open soon.

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GLIDER Unmanned Ocean Exploration Project 2017 by Maritime Robotics

Maritime Robotics will, as a part of the pioneering GLIDER project, integrate and operate their Wave Glider platform in the Lofoten area this autumn.

The overall aim of the GLIDER project is to demonstrate an innovative, flexible and cost-efficient offshore monitoring and data management approach. GLIDER consists in the deployment of 3 ocean autonomous and dynamic platforms, a Seaglider (Kongsberg Maritime AS), a Sailbuoy (Offshore Sensing) and a Wave Glider (Maritime Robotics), fitted with a suite of sensors to collect chemical, physical and biological data of the ocean space. Such an observation program is to collect marine environmental data with improved accuracy, increase sampling of data, provide more flexible sampling of data by using platforms that can move in space, provide long-term and real-time monitoring, and in addition reduce cost compared to other traditional measurement concepts.

Maritime Robotics is a leading provider of innovative unmanned solutions for maritime operations in harsh environments, and the company is partner of our DSEM Cluster.


DSEM Cluster has the honour to present our new partner from Sintef Ocean: Ståle Johnsen.

Ståle Johnsen is a Senior Advisor at Sintef Ocean Marine Environmental Technology. He has MSc and Phd. from Dept. of Chemistry – University of Trondheim, NTNU. His  area of expertise includes: Analytical organic chemistry, chromatographic methods and mass spectrometry; Environmental chemistry – organic micropollutants in air, water, sediment and biosphere; Chemometric methods, experimental design and multivariate statistical analysis; Humic substances; characterization of and influence of organic micropollutants (bioavailability, chemical interactions); Environmental monitoring, design, technology, sampling, intepretation and communocation related to discharges from offshore oil and gas indystry; Environmental impact on marine ecosystems of petroleum related discharges; Environmental Risk and Impact Assessment, industrial application (Oil and gas industry); HSE mamagement in the oil and gas industry, from both operational and technological perspectives. Ståle has been working as Research Scientist (1984-1988), Dept. for Analytical and Environmental Chemistry Center for Industrial Research and Organic Geochemistry at Continental Shelf and Petroleum Research Institute. Worked as Group manager (1988-1991), Environmental and Analytical Chemistry at Continental Shelf and Petroleum Research Institute. From 19991 to 1996 worked as Senior Scientist at Environmental Dept, Statoil Research Centre. From 1996 to 2000 worked as Specialist, Environmental Dept, Statoil Research Centre. From 2000 to  2003 worked as Research program manager, Statoil Technology. From 2003 to 2006 worked as Chief Researcher HSE, Statoil Technology, and from 2006 to 2008 worked as Advisor Environmental Technology at Statoil Technology. From 2009 to 2014  worked at RDI Statoil do Brasil as Project leader. In 2016 started to work as Senior Advisor at Sintef Materials and Chemistry and is currently working at Sintef Ocean.

SINTEF Ocean has a conceptual and scientific competence on environmental solutions for the international onshore and offshore industry.  Sintef Ocean develops research, technology and innovation  with a special focus on oil & gas, chemical industries and clean water management.




Reefing versus complete removal offshore platform.

California Must Decide How to Decommission Offshore Platform Inherited from Bankrupt Oil Company

When the Colorado-based oil company Venoco, Inc. — founded in Carpinteria, California, more than two decades ago — declared bankruptcy last spring and ceded its offshore lease, the state of California “inherited” 50-year-old Platform Holly off the coast of Santa Barbara.

The 2010 California Marine Resources Legacy Act provides an option for the platform substructure to remain in place as an artificial reef. The same decision will eventually need to be made for all the remaining platforms off Southern California.

The state must decide how to decommission the platform, an arduous process that will require years to complete.

To inform the decommissioning process, a team from UC Santa Barbara is partnering with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to determine the biological effects for various platform removal scenarios. The researchers will provide an analysis of the community structure and the productivity of platforms compared to surrounding soft-bottom habitats. They also will examine the changes to both habitats that would result from alternative decommissioning options.

The resuts from the studies will be an online annotated bibliography of research conducted worldwide on the organisms and organismal communities associated with oil and gas platforms.

The future of Platform Holly lies in the hands of the state government, which will make the final decommissioning decision once it has sufficient information about the potential outcome of each option.

Society will have to make a judgment on the relative value of reefing versus complete removal with the information from the research about the biological effects of the platforms on marine communities.

Source Julie Cohen, UC Santa Barbara

“Muligheter innenfor Havrommet Seminar” / Opportunities for Ocean Space Seminar.

This event is part of DNB Week Ålesund.
Ocean Industry  accounts for 70% of Norway’s total exports.
It is about exploiting the resources and do it right for the future generations.
What are the opportunities and the threats?

Economic outlook by Eirik Larsen, DNB
DNB’s commitment to Ocean Industries by Kristin Holth, DNB
Development trends in fisheries and aquaculture by Webjørn Barstad, HAVFISK
Digital ships and future visions by Svein Kleven, Rolls Royce Marine
Ålesund Knowledge Park and GCE Cluster by Per Erik Dalen, leads Ålesund Knowledge Park
Challenges and opportunities for the fishing industry fleet / industry by Inger Marie Barrier, Brothers Barrier
Opportunities and development for maritime industry by Tore Ulstein, Ulstein Group

There is an ocean of opportunities!

The ocean industry will double its contribution to global value creation by 2030.
Cooperation is a key for every sector.
It is a new time for the development of a new industry.

It is necessary  initiatives to support start-up cooperations to accelerate innovation.

Technology and knowledge will create a new market where Ship design, shipbuilding, power and controlshipping will be integrated.

Innovation is the best way to promote business.

Long-term investments are  important for turning visions into reality.
Re-thinking, disruptive change and digitalization are creating the new Ocean Space.

Are you prepared for  Innovation speed, commodities and followers ?



Maritime Robotics AS is our new partner !

With technology developed in close collaboration with both civilian, governmental and military partners, Maritime Robotics focuses on delivering high-quality system solutions and products that are cost-efficient, reduce HSE risk exposure and are highly deployable, in any conditions. Their technologies and products operate unmanned in the air and on the surface, and can gather data ranging from air to subsea. They believe that the future of maritime operations will enable more unmanned data Aquisition, driving industry standards and continually broadening operational possibilities.

Vedgard Ev Jen Hovstein is the managing director at Maritime Robotics AS since 2007 and founder of Peregrine Dynamics AS. He has graduation and Master Degree at Norwegian University for Technology and Science. His Field Of Study was Control Engineering and Flight Control Systems.

In the last the summer, Maritime Robotics team work together with NTNU to map and monitor Runde island marine environment, using their USV technology.

Maritime Robotics AS team will join DSEM Cluster round-table during the Norwegian-Brazilian Business and Science Week.

NORWEP & DSEM Cluster together during the Norwegian-Brazilian Business Science Week

Norwegian Energy Partners is a network-based organisation, facilitating dialogue between energy companies, technology suppliers, service companies and the government.

“Norwegian Energy Partners (NORWEP) is combining the competences in previous INTSOK and Intpow to mutual benefit the whole Norwegian energy industry. International oil companies are now reshaping and extending their investment strategies and Norwegian supply industry should be well positioned to compete also in the renewable markets.

Norwegian industry, known for its safe, reliable and energy efficient solutions, could also have a competitive edge with the increasing awareness around climate change. Norway has developed industry with experience, ideas, products and technologies that are competitive in the most demanding global markets. Norwegian Energy Partners will continue to be an effective vehicle for promoting the Norwegian energy supply  industry’s capabilities, technologies and competences to key clients in overseas markets and for providing market information to the partners.”

Our DSEM CLUSTER is colaborating with NORWEP to make the Norwegian-Brazilian Business and Science Week a succesful event.

NORWEP will host the Seminar on Decommissioning and Maintenance of Fields in Late Production, Monday 6 November in Rio.  They are inviting partner companies to give capability presentations of  proven services within Environmental Monitoring during decommissioning and late life production.




The Industry co-operation and collaboration at the decommissioning stageis important in order to minimise its various impacts. The decommissioning phase, where the competitive pressures are less than at the development and production stage, offers an ideal opportunity for companies to share decommissioning expertise. This can range from co-operation on studies or the exchange of information or ideas to collaboration on specific decommissioning projects and proposals.

The development of new technology and new techniques to tackle the challenges that arise at the decommissioning stage will be particularly important. Much research and development work has already been done or is currently underway. The industry  has played an important part in identifying and developing specific areas of technology and research.

The assessment and comparison of the environmental impacts of different options of decomissioning should be based on an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) carried out in accordance with the widely recognised techniques and standard methodologies for such evaluations. This should include consideration of the impact on climate change (REF.1)

The Decomissioning status for Brazil are: 41 structures in less then 15 years ; 27 structures between 15 and 25 years and 4 structures longer then 25 years. (REF.2)

The offshore energy industry in the world has averaged 130 platform removals per year.

Regulatory framework for the decomissioning of Offshore structures:

There are many international texts covering disused offshore oil and gas installations, including:

There is however no specific common legal framework in this area. Moreover, these Conventions deal only with minimum standards. Individual countries may impose more stringent conditions. The advantages of adopting uniform international legislation in this area are as follows:

  • removal of the risk of competition resulting from differences in national legislation;
  • restrictions on discharges of pollutants from installations;
  • reduction in pollution of the marine environment;
  • greater safety of navigation.

Decomissioning is an old problem and requires innovative solutions.


REF.1- Julie Burke and Alan Stokes. Preparation for Cost Effective Decommissioning and Abandonment of Subsea Pipelines, SPE Offshore Europe Conference and Exhibition, 8-11 September, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, 2015.

REF.2-Macedo, Marcelo M. B,  Descomissionamentos de Instalações Offshore –Visão Regulador. SubseaForumRio 2016.