Towed hydrophone arrays provide good spatial coverage, but only a snapshot in time of a species’ occurrence in a particular area, and are required when using PAM for real-time mitigation during industrial activities.
OSC can cater for all your PAM needs. Please refer to C-POD & T-POD click detectors for further information on static PAM.
Do I Need Passive Acoustic Monitoring?
Real-time PAM is required increasingly as a tool to monitor marine mammals for mitigation during activities such as:
- Seismic (geophysical): gravity, Electromagnetic (EM) Vertical Seismic Profiling (VSP), 2/3/4D/undershoot/borehole/OBC/OBS;
- Conductor hammering during O&G exploration drilling (e.g. from jack-ups);
- Rig tows in Special Areas of Conservation (SAC), Marine Protected Area (MPAs) especially German waters (Dogger Bank, Borkum Riffgrund);
- Hydrographic (e.g. side-scan and multibeam surveys (including work-class Remote Operated Vehicle, ROV inspections);
- Pipeline & cable laying (e.g. trenching, rock-dumping, side-casting and fall-pipe vessel operations);
- Decommissioning & Abandonment (rigs-to-reefs concept);
- Dredging (Trailer Suction Hopper Dredgers, TSHDs, split-hopper barges and backhoe jack-ups);
- Wind farm construction (meteorological mast);
- Pile driving (wind turbine installations);
- Civil Engineering (e.g. quays, harbours and bridges); and,
- Defence (e.g. Low Frequency Active SONAR, LFAS, Mid-frequency Active SONAR, MFAS).
Passive Acoustic Monitoring Operators
All OSC PAM Operators are insured and hold the full complement of offshore training certifications and medicals for work worldwide (listed here).
Where possible, OSC use full time members of staff, all of which are highly qualified scientific degree-level scientists that have attended rigorous in-house PAM training courses. All PAM Operators have an in-depth knowledge of industry guidelines, are experienced in implementing them in real-life situations offshore.
OSC PAM Operators are familiar with a variety of PAM systems and adept at working alongside vessel crews to determine a method of hydrophone deployment that all personnel are happy with and that minimises the chance of damage to, or loss of equipment.
Should any problems arise, experience and familiarisation with equipment means OSC PAM Operators are able to deal with all issues quickly and efficiently, reducing operational downtime. They also benefit from 24 hour a day support from on land experts.
Passive Acoustic Monitoring Systems
OSC’s top of the range PAM systems, which are in use worldwide, are able to meet all requirements set out in industry guidelines, such as:
- Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC);
- New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC); and,
- Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) & Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).
All OSC’s PAM systems are serviced and tested by in-house PAM technicians on return from every contract. Stored in our warehouse, our systems are ready for mobilisation instantly, so we can meet last minute requests from the industry.
Equipment set-up and deployment is straight forward, and detailed instructions are supplied with every system, which ensures a timely deployment by all PAM Operators, regardless of experience.
OSC PAM systems are robust, durable and supplied with 100% redundancy. All parts can be switched quickly and easily, which minimises operational down time.
All OSC systems come equipped with the latest version of the industry standard software, PAMGuard (www.pamguard.org). They have a proven track record and have detected marine mammals (whales, dolphins & porpoises) in the field during industrial operations.
OSC PAM systems are charged on a highly competitive (and negotiable) day rate. Full details and specifications can be supplied on request.
Contact us for further details.