THE HAZARDS POSED BY THE PRESENCE OF FERROMAGNETIC MATERIALS ARE AN IMPORTANT ELEMENT OF MUNITIONS RISK ASSESSMENT. ITS MITIGATION THROUGH THE CLEARANCE OF UXO IS OFTEN THE KEY TO ENSURING SAFETY IN A SPECIFIC WATER AREA.
UXO Clearance consists of activities that lead to the clearance of munitions from the marine environment. These activities are preceded by historical searches, analysis of military documents and reporting material from previous activities confirming the recovery of munitions from the designated area, and a very thorough analysis of the UXO Marine ferromagnetic survey report.
UXO SEABED CLEANUP
UXO Clearance operations are highly specialized and potentially hazardous work. They are carried out by experienced UXO Marine personnel, who have both the expertise and many years of experience in dealing with underwater munitions – excavation, handling, neutralization and blasting of unexploded ordnance.
UXO Marine uses state-of-the-art equipment to safely identify objects underwater. Information about objects on the seabed is provided by divers with appropriate sapper skills, equipped with sensors and visual inspection equipment, or by unmanned underwater ROVs with measurement systems.
UXO Marine's specialty is survey and inspection work, leading to the identification of seabed and threats to offshore projects.
Once the object is located, the diver inspects the designated area so that soil removal can safely begin. As it may contain unexploded ordnance, the excavation of the substrate is carried out layer by layer using specialised equipment (ejectors, pumps, grabs). Reliable differentiation of non-UXO from UXO is a very important stage of the work. The targeted UXO is discovered manually. The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) manager decides on further action and possible removal of the target. All ordnance disposal work is carried out with the highest safety standards in accordance with local regulations and relevant national and international explosives legislation.
UXO CLEARANCE AND ALARP CERTIFICATION
The presence of UXO facilities, remnants of World War II, in the marine environment poses an increasing threat with each passing year. Deposited munitions corrode on the bottom, causing hazardous materials to leach into marine waters. Underwater wrecks of ships, fighter planes, and explosive charges are an obstacle and challenge to pipeline and cable laying work or offshore wind farm construction. UXO sites are a potential risk to offshore project development. UXO Clearance therefore becomes a very urgent task.
CERTIFIED EXPERIENCED UXO TEAM, DIVERS, SAPPERS AND EOD
COMPLIANCE WITH NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL REGULATIONS
IMCA STANDARD DIVING EQUIPMENT
Work to clear the site of unexploded ordnance and mitigate the threat to human safety, ecosystem and infrastructure takes place with respect for the natural environment and is always preceded by ferromagnetic surveys, reliable data analysis and the development of a UXO neutralisation plan. The final stage is the preparation of documentation confirming that in a specific location, the risk related to UXO objects has been minimized to a legally acceptable level (ALARP).
UXO Marine has been providing EOD services for years, becoming one of the most experienced private entities in Europe in this field and one of the few in Poland, using the most modern tools.