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Debris Clearance Vessels

SFF Services Limited has at its disposal a range of vessels to undertake debris clearance (overtrawlability) trawl sweeps.  Vessels are selected on client requirement and fishing area operational criteria.  The aim of debris clearance trawl sweep operations is to remove and recover all potential snagging hazards and declare the area safe for normal fishing to resume.

Both the installation and decommissioning phases of offshore developments can create difficulties for fishing vessels.  Installation and back filling of pipelines or other subsea structures can result in clay berms on the seabed, which have proven dangerous for trawling.  Similarly decommissioning and abandonment can leave behind debris and potential snagging hazards.

SFF Services promote the undertaking of overtrawlability trials immediately after installation or removal of subsea equipment as a means of providing assurance to fishermen that it is safe to return to fish in an area immediately following oil and gas related activity.  We believe that the adoption of this mitigation based approach has helped maintain the long term working relationship between the Fishing Industry and the Offshore Oil and Gas Sector.

Cost Effective Debris Recovery
• purpose designed chain mat
• decommissioned fields
• abandoned wellhead sites
• clay berms and anchor mounds
• daily updates and photographs
• final project reports
• 24 hr emergency onshore support

Marine Assurance
• qualified Marine Assurance and Safety Officers
• regular vessel inspections undertaken
• Marine Safety Forum supported vessel inspection documentation
• training and certification to fishing industry standards

SFF Services provide a range of vessels, selected to meet client requirements and based on area of operation. The aim of debris clearance trawl sweep operations is to remove and recover all potential snagging hazards and declare the area safe for normal fishing to resume.

Both the installation and decommissioning phases of offshore developments can create difficulties for fishing vessels. Installation and back filling of pipelines or other subsea structures can result in clay berms on the seabed, which have proven dangerous for trawling. Similarly decommissioning and abandonment can leave behind debris and potential snagging hazards.

SFF Services promote the undertaking of overtrawlability trials immediately after installation or removal of subsea equipment, in order to prevent potential problems occurring. The results are then disseminated to fishermen, ensuring they can confidently operate in these areas of concern. Regular vessel inspections are carried out by our qualified and experienced in house team, working alongside client auditors as required, to ensure safety and service delivery are prioritised. These high standards have allowed SFF Services to maintain a solid reputation as a reliable and professional supplier of Trawl Sweep Vessels.