SIRE 2.0 Requirements for Drifting

SIRE 2.0 Requirements for Drifting

Heading towards the actual application of SIRE 2.0 we are happy to announce our ERS Drifting Prediction Service which applies state-of-the-art software supported by forecasts for currents and wave conditions, from global sources like Copernicus Marine Service and Norwegian Meteorological Institute. The service will assist Clients to plot the most likely path of a drifting ship or to predict through simulations the drifting path of an oil spill or object fallen overboard in line with SIRE 2.0 Requirements (Chapter 5 – 5.1.10, 5.1.11, 5.1.12, etc.).


A few words for the background and approach…

An incident onboard a vessel can result in a disabled ship, oil spill, floating cargo or person drifting in the water, which can become a situation with safety and environmental risks.

Shipping companies through SIRE 2.0 need to be able to determine the drift path of floating assets, including their ships as such. However, it can be further extended in container loss, chemical spills or even life rafts and personnel, to plan a prompt and efficient response and action.

This tool applies mainly to 3 categories which are presented very briefly below:

Vessels Drifting:

For vessels drifting due to engine failure, in the open seas, the ability to calculate the drift prediction can identify potential risks and provide proactive guidance. By having such a tool, the companies are now able to prove their “prudence” and “compliance” with SIRE 2.0.

Search & Rescue:

For search and rescue (SAR) operations, the predictions are used to narrow down the SAR area, which increases the probability of a successful operation. This is adding value to the shipping companies, highlighting their strong commitment to safety.

Oil Spills incidents:

In case of an oil spill, the prediction can be critical in reducing environmental risk. This again provides a supporting tool towards highlighting the commitment of the company to the Environment while strengthening its position against any 3rd party by proving -in practice- the company’s determination and proactiveness.

Drift simulations will be executed using state-of-the-art computer modelling, based on the open-source software package, OpenDrift.

Combined with forecasts for current, wind and wave conditions from local and global sources such as Copernicus Marine Service and Norwegian Meteorological Institute, will provide accurate trajectory modelling.

In case of an incident, normally the required data are provided by the client, like time and location of the incident, etc. While AMC undertakes the responsibility to set the calculations through OpenDrift and in combination with mentioned forecasts to provide accurate trajectory modelling.

The development of the drift prediction service is an ongoing process globally, and we are constantly evaluating more forecast sources through various areas

Our team of experts will be happy to arrange 15’ video calls to share with your good selves the insights of this initiative and try to assist towards complying with the new SIRE 2.0 requirements


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