The UXO consultancy firms NjordIC and UXOIntelligence have agreed to work exclusively and intensively together to join forces and resources for Desk Studies and Historical Research. The cooperation covers the global UXO market with exception of the Dutch waters.   

NjordIC is the “high end” specialised global consultancy company for all UXO related topics in amongst others the marine environment. NjordIC works in close collaboration with its clients to ensure a safe and cost-effective realisation of their (maritime) projects with regards to UXO risk mitigation. NjordIC’s combined extensive knowledge in the field of UXO survey, clearance and disposal operations and the experience gained in the projects executed by our employees enables NjordIC to take full responsibility for the ALARP sign-off. The owners of NjordIC – John Bakker, Erwin van den Berg, Paul Shaw, and Erik Wildeman, together have gained over 70 years of experience in Offshore UXO operations.

UXOIntelligence is a Swedish based company with an impressive archive of naval minelaying operations worldwide. It is estimated that UXOIntelligence collected approximately 99% of all naval minelaying data of the European theatre of war making it a very valuable source to insert in historical researches in behalf of Offshore UXO Risk Assessments. Also, with regards to other  war-related operations and theatres of war (such as the Pacific), UXOIntelligence collected and unlocked a vast amount of data.

 “Thanks to our combined network, experience, commitment and impressive amount of archival material NjordIC and UXOIntelligence are able to offer a superior level of historical research to clients. NjordIC has seen an increasing demand for our services. By cooperating exclusively, UXOIntelligence and NjordIC are able to uphold the highest level of quality and detail in historical research. This will ensure an up-to-date and thorough Risk Assessment and thus the most efficient Risk Mitigation Strategy. We look forward to working with UXOIntelligence” said Erik Wildeman, the Companies spokesman.”

NjordIC’s UXO Consultant John Bakker visited PanGeo Subsea to provide a UXO workshop to the PanGeo Subsea technical staff. Objective for this workshop was to further explore the use of the Subbottom Imager (SBI) for UXO classification purposes. The Sub-Bottom Imager uses advanced acoustics to provide a real-time view of the sub-seabed in full 3D.

John presented the historical background of the North Western European WW2 theatre,  discussed the current market developments and presented different UXO by dimension, shape and other specific characteristics in order to further develop the understanding of the Geophysicists of PanGeo and to optimize the capabilities of target picking. The two-day session was also used to strengthen the relationship between PanGeo Subsea and NjordIC. Ultimate goal for NjordIC was to develop a higher understanding of SBI to facilitate in offering the best advice possible to our high end clients about the advantages and potential benefits of the SBI systems in UXO mitigation campaigns.

The European Commission, in cooperation with the European External Action Service, organizes a Colloquium on the Challenges of Unexploded Munitions in the Sea.

This event will gather representatives from Member States, Regional and International Organizations, researchers and other relevant stakeholders to discuss a problematic that affects in particular the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the Adriatic Sea. It will address the challenge of unexploded munitions and other military ordonnance dumped on the seabed, which continues to be a source of concern all around the world. In Europe, this problematic is particularly felt in the Adriatic-Ionian, the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. Safety, security and environmental risks are aggravated by the fact that many of these munitions are of a chemical nature, containing chemical agents like sulphur mustard, nerve gas and lewisite. Eventual threats to marine ecosystems and, possibly, human health, are also a source of concern. Unexploded munitions can also be a barrier to blue economy opportunities, deterring or blocking the development of blue activities in dumping sites.

The event will take place on 20 February in Brussels. Erwin van den Berg will attend on behalf of NjordIC 

Source: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/maritimeforum/en/node/4277

NjordIC attended the SubSea Expo in Aberdeen on the 6th of February 2019. We have had some very interesting discussions and meetings to explore possibilities to dramatically increase dredging productions using ROV’s without jeopardizing safety whilst uncovering potential UXO’s. These discussions will most probably lead to adaptations of existing configurations and a test in the very near future. The engineers are now busy designing the first drafts of the adaptations.

NjordIC attended the SERDP and ESTCP symposium in Washington D.C. Presenters described several sensor modalities of acoustic and electromagnetic sensors that can detect and discriminate underwater munitions both proud of the seafloor and buried in the sediment. Also the results of specialized coastal engineering studies to simulate and track how energetic events can cover, uncover, and move unexploded ordnance were presented. #underwater#UXO#SERDP#ESTCP

We are happy to announce that NjordIC has appointed Paul Shaw MIExpE as one of the company’s EOD-managers and UXO-consultant. Paul Shaw will also become shareholder of the company. Currently, Paul is working on a freelance basis as EOD-Manager. He will officially be appointed as EOD-Manager, UXO consultant and shareholder from the 1st of January 2019. As former British Royal Navy EOD & IED Bomb Disposal Officer, Paul gained over 23 years military EOD operational and management experience, accompanied with an additional proven 10 year record of achievement across commercial sectors. Resulting from his extensive experience of working in high risk international environments, Paul delivers the ability to work under pressure to critical timescales and tight deadlines to successfully deliver industry leading explosives safety solutions for our clients.

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