|Title||The Somos project, risk management and first results|
|Author(s)||Burg, S.W.K. van den|
|Source||In: Seagriculture 6th international seaweed conference. - DLG - p. 57 - 57.|
|Event||Seagriculture 2017, 6th International Seaweed Conference, The Hague, 2017-11-07/2017-11-08|
|Department(s)||LEI Green Economy and Landuse|
|Publication type||Abstract in scientific journal or proceedings|
|Abstract||As maritime sectors – including offshore energy generation, aquaculture, and tourism – grow, pressure on the sea space increases. This pressure leads to competition between different users of the seas and has led to research on the potential of multi-use of sea and ocean space. Earlier studies that researched
multi-use have resulted in technical designs, studied technical feasibility, assessed economic feasibility, developed business plans and/or identified social and regulatory barriers. A recurrent reported bottleneck to the development of multi-use is lack of insight into the risk of multi-use. It is argued that this lack of insight – and subsequent absence of procedures for risk management - hinder Insurance and financing.
The SOMOS project, funded by Lloyds Register Foundation, is a joint research project of Wageningen Research and TNO that aims to develop a meaningful safety assessment and control to stimulate the production of energy and food at sea. The project has five objectives: (1) Demonstrate that multiple economic activities can take place at sea in a sufficiently safe fashion, (2) Establish a method for assessing the safety of multiple economic activities at sea, (3) Identify tools which must be used to carry out the analyses and assessments required to ensure an acceptable safety level , (4) Provide a proof of principle, based on demonstrators, of safe use of sea for combined seaweed and energy
production and (5) Create capacity in the marine and maritime community of policy makers, certifiers and operators and initiate a public debate on this issue of safety of multiple uses of marine space with all the stakeholders: politicians, financiers, businesses, operators, legal representatives and societal groups.
Halfway through the project, this presentation bundles the first results of identification of hazards and opportunities, identification of tools for risk assessment currently used, as well results of evaluation of relevant governance in place. Based on the project’s first stakeholder workshop and additional
interview with stakeholders, a list of hazards is identified, looking from three perspectives: (1) food and feed safety, (2) operational safety of employees and equipment, and (3) safety of the wider environment.
Based on this information, a draft framework for the assessing the safety of multi-use at sea is presented. Given the uncertainties and complexities for many of these hazards, the framework also addresses the question: “Where and how should stakeholders be involved in various stages of safety assessment and control. The next SOMOS workshop is scheduled right after Seagriculture to further discuss the framework, and application of the proposed framework to selected case-studies. With SOMOS, we aim to make a valuable contribution to the development of safe multi-use, in the context of existing rules and regulations.