To develop improved risk management strategies and systems in the fish farming sector that integrate technical, human and operational factors, and which provide a systematic basis for the creation of safe and secure jobs, as well as the monitoring and supervision of operational safety and risk.

Research tasks

Barrier management: To identify and evaluate the hazards associated with aquaculture operations in exposed areas as a basis for the design of barrier functions and associated components, with the aim of preventing, controlling and reducing these risks. Safety barriers can be organisational, physical/technical or human/operational. The development of effective barrier functions will be based on best practice from industrial sectors with comparable levels of exposure and/or structures, combined with analyses of previous accidents. To prepare requirements and specifications for data from “OMRÅDE” (AREA) 2, and to develop barrier management systems that both utilise and transform these data so that they can be applied in barrier performance monitoring.

Automated work operations and risk: To analyse the impact of increasing levels of automation, remote operations and autonomous systems on general levels of operational risk in the fish farming sector, and more specifically how automation influences an operator’s work situation and decision making.

Risk management for manual operations: To prepare HSE requirements and workplace guidelines for operations that require manual handling on fish farms. This shall be carried out in collaboration with the supervisory authorities, and guidance in the form of regulations governing fisheries and offshore oil industry activities will be assembled and adapted to the aquaculture sector.

Industrial relevance

The methods, procedures, guidelines and operational practices we develop will contribute towards safer operations in both conventional facilities and those located in exposed areas.

Research Manager: Ingunn M. Holmen (SINTEF Ocean)