Project Manager: Ingunn M Holmen, SINTEF Ocean
Partners: SalMar, Cermaq, Marine Harvest, Anteo, Aqualine, AQS, Lerow, DNV GL, Kongsberg Maritime Merchant Marine, MacGregor, NTNU IMT and SINTEF Ocean
Duration: Q2 2015 – Q4 2018

There is a significant potential for increased safety in fish farming operations by implementing systematic risk management. Risk management deals with identifying, analysing, assessing and controlling occupational risk and major accident risks, through development of mitigating measures. The project aims to develop good practices for safety and risk management during both complex and daily work operations at fish farms, as well as to suggest safety measures (barriers) to be implemented.

Project activities have focused on factors that are significant for operational safety in the aquaculture sector. These include service operations hazards, risk assessments, training and skills requirements. The results are sorted into two knowledge categories: that which the industry can put to use immediately, and that requiring long-term consideration for when the industry starts commercial activity in more exposed localities.

Preliminary studies demonstrated that the levels of standardisation between companies and vessels is low when it comes to design, installed equipment and work procedures. Standardisation may be invoked as a safety initiative, and also makes it easier to transfer personnel between localities without this in itself being a risk factor.

Technological developments mean that the companies require greater levels of specialist technical expertise in some fields. They currently report that, in some cases, operations must be adapted to the personnel available. It is in the light of this that we have launched a project aimed at preparing recommendations for skills requirements for operational personnel in the aquaculture sector.

Operational planning is increasingly important as a means of ensuring that the necessary resources and personnel are available. Effective risk assessment procedures and Safe Job Analyses will contribute towards ensuring that all those involved are aware of potential operational hazards, and that measures can be put in place to reduce operational risk.


  • Risk assessment of aquaculture operations
  • Skills requirements
  • Best practice linked to aquaculture operations

Innovation potential:

  • The results provide new knowledge about risk factors linked to aquaculture operations, and a platform for the development of safety barriers on the basis of a holistic risk perspective.

Affiliated projects:

  • Safer workplaces and fish farming. Research project HAVBRUK2 (2016-2019, SINTEF Ocean)
  • Reducing risk in aquaculture – improving operational efficiency, safety and sustainability. Research project HAVBRUK2 (2016-2019, NTNU)