Workshop for assessment and management of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) risk in the marine environment

A large number of activities occur in the marine environment, including construction and operation of offshore wind farms, wave and tidal arrays, port and harbour expansions, aggregate dredging, coastal defences, cables or pipelines.

In constructing or operating these developments, disturbance can be made to the sea bed. In areas where Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) is present, there is a risk of loss of life or injury to personnel and costly delay to construction or operational activities.

CIRIA will host an afternoon workshop on 30 April 2014 in London from 1.30 pm to 4.00 pm to share experiences and practices from around the world in the assessment and management of UXO risk in the marine environment.

The workshop will focus on:

  • general risk assessment procedures, including principles of ‘risk tolerability’ that are employed
  • legal and regulatory controls that provide a framework for the risk mitigation activities, in particular relating to health and safety and safeguarding the environment
  • planning and tactical delivery of risk mitigation activities, including novel techniques and approaches.

Speakers will provide recent experiences from their UXO risk assessment and management activities in the marine environment in the UK, Germany, France as well as the USA.

Who should attend

We are particularly keen to hear from representatives from the following professions:

  • survey contractors/specialists
  • regulators
  • clients / developers
  • designers
  • health, safety and environmental advisors
  • principal contractors
  • insurers and marine warranty surveyors
  • project financiers and lenders

Outputs from the workshop will assist CIRIA in developing new guidance for the assessment and management of UXO risk in the marine environment, that draws from this wide body of current practice.

Join us on 30 April 2014 at 1.30pm at the CIRIA offices:
Griffin Court
15 Long Lane

For further details and to register an interest to attend email Lee Kelly at CIRIA.