15 October 2013

12-13 Nov: Rigs-to-reefs workshop - can abandoned rigs be turned to reefs?

More than 500 offshore installations are due to retire in Southeast Asia. Can these be repurposed to create artificial reefs? An upcoming FREE workshop will explore the issues.
Small scale artificial reefs have been used for centuries by traditional fisheries to increase the catch and manage target resources. More recently, larger artificial reefs have been placed to enhance fisheries but also to replace destroyed reefs and more generally as a tool to re-build damaged or lost marine habitats and ultimately to enhance marine biodiversity and re-gain lost ecosystem functions.

Workshop on Rigs-to-Reefs: Prospects in Southeast Asia
12-13 November 2013

This workshop will explore the opportunities created by the imminent decommissioning of 500+ offshore installations in the region (due for retirement after 20+ years of services). This decommissioning obligation coupled with the destruction of many reef habitats (whether directly from human uses or from environmental stresses) and the degradation of fisheries stocks create a compelling case for the re-use of offshore rigs as large scale artificial reefs to enhance fisheries and marine biodiversity. The workshop is designed to explore the feasibility of this idea and improve the visibility of this solution among all relevant stakeholders.

  • The Ecological Argument
  • Technical Feasibility and Practical Considerations of Reefing of Obsolete Offshore Structures
  • Institutional and Legal Challenges
  • Industry Perspectives

Who should attend
  • Marine Biologists and Ecologists
  • Offshore Engineers
  • Marine Policy Experts
  • Law of the Sea Experts
  • Environmental Economists
  • Country Representatives from the Ministries of Energy, Fisheries and/or Environment
  • Oil and Gas Industry representatives
  • IMO, London Convention
  • Other International Organizations 
  • Interested NGOs

As a multi-disciplinary initiative this workshop is co-organized by 3 research centres of the National University of Singapore, the Tropical Marine Science Institute (TMSI), the Centre for International Law (CIL) and the Centre for Offshore Research and Engineering (CORE) as part of the Climate Change and Sustainable Environment Research Initiative of the National University of Singapore.

More details about the workshop on the TSMI website

Registration is free, limited to 80 participants. Register online here.

Date: 12-13 November 2013
Venue: Blue Bali @ Cluny, Bukit Timah Campus, National University of Singapore


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