Our Services

Blue Latitudes combines our industry expertise with research-based insights and technical tools to assess offshore infrastructure on a case-by-case basis to determine the best environmental, economic, and socially responsible outcomes available for our clients.

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Design rov-based Environmental surveys 

We design marine life surveys using remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) equipped with video to evaluate ecological biodiversity and abundance on offshore infrastructure, including subsea equipment.

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marine Research & Publications

We conduct research with universities around the world, and use these connections and relationships in the academic world to strengthen our scientific understanding of the issues that face our oceans.

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mapping technologies & Fisheries analysis

We leverage our background at Google, to visually present solutions that manage conflicting interests and lessen the frequency of negative interactions between ocean stakeholders.

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Environmental impact assessments 

We develop technical environmental assessments reports and conducts field studies, as needed, to support these assessment projects.

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public outreach & communications

We relate complex scientific ideas to a broad demographic of audiences across multiple platforms, including major news outlets, social media, lectures, publications, and film.

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permitting & Regulatory compliance 

We prepare environmental documents for permit compliance. Our services are particularly valuable where independent technical support, re-analysis of existing data, or additional studies are needed. These services often yield significant cost savings for our clients.

Global Project Experience

 

Blue Latitudes has conducted a variety of projects all over the world, including the Gulf of Mexico, California, Thailand, Palau, Mauritania, Malaysia and the North Sea.

 
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Offshore Oil Field Decommissioning in Mauritania

The Chinguetti oil field, operated by Petronas Carigali, has been in operation for over 10 years. In anticipation of the decommissioning of the system, Petronas Carigali proposed an Abandonment and Decommissioning Plan (A&DP) and an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) for the field and its associated production equipment to the Government of Mauritania (GOM). To guide the GOM in approving its first ever A&DP, Blue Latitudes conducted an environmental review of the A&DP and EIS. In the review of the A&DP and EIS, Blue Latitudes analyzed international regulations and industry best practices to advise Mauritania’s Ministry of Petroleum on environmental considerations when designing a decommissioning operational plan. Blue Latitudes’ efforts in assisting the GOM to decommission the Chinguetti oil field in a sustainable manner set a precedent for successful future decommissioning projects in Mauritania

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ROV Marine Life Survey: Post-Reefing

Blue Latitudes managed, designed and lead pre- and post-reefing ROV surveys on the East Breaks 110 offshore oil platform. The purpose of the pre-reefing survey was to support the client’s initiatives to reef the platform structure via the partial removal method by evaluating the ecological biodiversity and abundance associated with the platform structure. The objective of the post-reefing surveys was to evaluate the rates of biological recruitment and colonization on the reefed structure and to provide corroborating evidence to support the claim that the partial removal method of reefing may have a beneficial environmental impact.

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ROV Marine Life Survey: Deep Subsea Equipment

Blue Latitudes managed and designed a marine life survey using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) equipped with video to evaluate ecological biodiversity and abundance on a subsea template and associated wells located in approximately 970 ft of water in the Garden Banks region of the Gulf of Mexico. This survey was integrated into plug and abandonment efforts to minimize vessel cost. Additionally, apparent commercial and recreational fishing activity in the area surrounding the site was evaluated. All ROV marine life and fishing activity data into a report that was presented to the United States Navy and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. The project resulted in the first subsea equipment permitted in-situ at a depth shallower than 1,000 ft.

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ROV Marine Life Survey & Ecological Assessment of L. pertusa

Blue Latitudes designed ROV-based marine life surveys on the Amberjack and Pompano platforms to develop a baseline understanding of the marine life associated with the two platforms, including fish community structure and percent cover of the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa. The ecological assessment provided potential corroborating baseline data to support future decommissioning decisions, and ultimately will help determine if in-situ decommissioning may equal or surpass the level of environmental protection required by federal and state agencies, when compared to the option of complete removal.

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Pavilions at Catalina Island Dive Park

The Catalina Island Underwater Pavilions is artist Doug Aitken’s large-scale installation produced by Parley for the Oceans. The work consists of three temporary underwater sculptures, floating beneath the ocean’s surface. Blue Latitudes managed and provided a written biological assessment depicting the proposed site for the Pavilions sculpture park off Catalina Island. The written assessment included a description of the habitat types as well as the available Essential Fish Habitat found around the proposed installation area. . Blue Latitudes also provided an assessment for the potential presence of abalone species, including the suitable habitat for black abalone.