One of the key operations during the clearance of explosive and hazardous objects is a thorough analysis of the ferromagnetic survey report, along with possible historical queries (regarding battles or bombings in the area).
This key aspect, complemented with the knowledge from the on-site inspection and the client’s requirements, allows us to plan the entire operation in the first place, select the appropriate technical equipment (vessels, diving equipment, GPS) and personnel, anticipate possible problems, and ensure appropriate approvals and preparations for entering the field.
OPERATION PLANNING, SELECTION OF EQUIPMENT AND PERSONNEL
Once this is done the first execution operation after mobilization and division of the area into sectors is to track and identify the objects indicated in the survey report. This is done using the RTK GPS positioning system, supported underwater by USBL or excavator-mounted systems. The Trimble and Emlid equipment we use provides centimeter accuracy.
IDENTIFICATION OF EXPLOSIVE AND HAZARDOUS OBJECTS
Safe identification of objects is accomplished through sensor information, video recordings, and visual inspection by diver qualified as a sapper, or from a system of sensors and cameras if we use ROV systems.
GROUND EXCAVATION, UXO REMOVAL
Once the target has been located and the area has been inspected by a diver, we remove the ground, which may contain unexploded ordnance, using ejectors or pumps or, if scrap metal is found, mechanically using special grapples. To do this as safely and expertly as possible, we excavate the ground layer by layer. If the diver finds UXO, we excavate it manually and the EOD manager decides on the next course of action based on the approved excavation methodology and local conditions.
PROFESSIONALISM AND EXPERIENCE IN WORKING WITH UXO
Our experienced personnel have expertise and tremendous practice in handling underwater munitions, excavation, relocation and professional blasting of UXO.
All UXO Marine operations are conducted in accordance with applicable national and international laws and regulations.
Our personnel are educated and certified for the task at hand, and the Kirby Morgan diving equipment used complies with all applicable IMCA regulations and standards.
We perform all our services with enthusiasm and open communication. We support our clients’ needs with knowledge and creative solutions. We are committed to high quality services and lasting relationships with our clients. Careful detection methods and good cooperation with all stakeholders, including sapper patrols, ensure a professional approach to UXO site clearance.