November 13 - StormGeo and Deep Sea Mooring have signed an agreement to provide notifications of weather-related movements of floating offshore units and vessels undertaking complex marine operations.

The notifications are made possible through the 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.

StormGeo will publish and support the notifications, while Deep Sea Mooring will be responsible for the hydrodynamic models and all calculations of motion resulting from the expected weather.

Åge Straume, ceo of Deep Sea Mooring, commented on the agreement: "It means that together we can offer an excellent planning tool, enabling users to make early decisions regarding forthcoming marine operations and thus minimise the movement of vessels and helicopter decks."

"In a time when the focus on cost saving and efficiencies is so great, it is more important than ever to combine detailed weather information with optimal planning capabilities to execute critical offshore work," noted Hogne Folkestad, vice president, offshore at StormGeo.

In principle, this 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.

Other applications for the service encompass drilling operations and offshore lifting operations on floating units.

The January/February 2015 edition of HLPFI will include an operational review of weather forecasting.