OSC is a technology-focused marine science company involved principally in providing environmental services worldwide.
Our clients have included Media, Academia, Government, Defence, Consultancies, recruitment agencies, and a range of marine industries: Hydrographic (e.g. side-scan and multibeam surveys, including work-class Remote Operated Vehicle or ROV inspections), Geophysical (gravity, ElectroMagnetic or EM, Vertical Seismic Profiling or VSP, 2/3/4D/undershoot/borehole/OBC/OBS seismic and drilling exploration), Oil & Gas (rigs, platforms, Floating Production Storage & Offloading installations or FPSOs, offshore support, guard and chase vessels), Pipeline & Cable Laying (including trenching, rock-dumping, side-casting and fall-pipe vessel operations), Marine Renewable Energy Device or MRED (underwater turbines, piling and construction for meteorological mast and wind turbine installations from Dynamic Positioning or DP vessels and jack-up barges), Decommissioning (rigs-to-reefs concept) & Abandonment, Dredging (Trailer Suction Hopper Dredgers or TSHDs, split-hopper barges and backhoe jack-ups), Civil Engineering (e.g. quays, harbours and bridges) and Aquaculture.
Services include project planning, project management, scientific research (studies and experiments), environmental monitoring, field-data collection, data analysis and interpretation. More specifically, we provide Marine Mammal Observers (MMO), Marine Mammal & Seabird Observers (MMSO), Protected Species Observers (PSO), seabird observers, distance sampling (dedicated vessel-based surveys to estimate marine mammal and other megafauna populations), Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM), T-POD and C-POD echolocation click detectors – autonomous (unmanned) Static Acoustic Monitoring Systems (SAMS), towed hydrophone arrays, static (autonomous) and dunking (manually deployed over-the-side) hydrophone systems, bioacoustics generally, underwater sound level and frequency measurement and noise-field propagation modelling, oceanographic sampling (e.g. Conductivity Temperature Depth or CTD measurements), literature reviews, advice documents, Environmental Impact (& risk) Assessments (EIAs), Marine Mammal Mitigation Plans or Protocols (MMMPs), for scientific research and/or environmental monitoring for compliance with industry permit requirements and environmental guidelines or industry best practices. Environmental guidelines include those of Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) in UK, Bundesamt für Naturschutz (BfN) in Germany, National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) in Ireland, Bureau of Minerals & Petroleum (BMP) in Greenland, National Environmental Research Institute (NERI) in Denmark, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) in USA, Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) and, most recently, Department of Conservation (DOC) in New Zealand, for which OSC was a voluntary adviser on request.
The company’s core values and primary competitive advantages are a comprehensive knowledge base, a philosophy of staff attaining maximum potential through continuous learning, development and improvement, a dynamic culture for determination and innovation, an ethos of quality and not quantity, attention to detail, a goal for zero incidents in the workplace, and investment in technological Research and Development (R&D). Some organisations claim to make a difference…whereas our clients will attest to that.
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