We provide services in ecological risk assessment, natural resource consulting, sediment management, nature restoration, rivers and wetlands, marine and freshwater sciences, quarantine, biosecurity and coastal management.
Our experience includes designing and implementing robust baseline surveys and monitoring projects to identify potential impacts from project activities on sensitive receptors in terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments. We routinely use detailed assessment techniques to characterise chemical, biological and habitat conditions and to evaluate the benefits and risks of various treatment and remedial options.
Our specialists identify cost-effective solutions to support the assessment and management of environmental impacts and work closely with clients to achieve scientifically defensible, risk-based solutions that support responsible and sustainable business, environment and resource management practices.
Quarantine and biosecurity represent a significant risk and potential cost to operators and suppliers, particularly in the increasingly offshore-focused oil and gas sector in Western Australia. Our team has extensive experience in Australia and New Zealand and includes Western Australian Government (Department of Fisheries) Approved Vessel Marine Pest Inspections & Clearance personnel.Quarantine management prevents the introduction of non-indigenous animals and plants that could potentially establish in sensitive or pristine locations. Quarantine management requires understanding the risk associated with material pathways and putting effective barriers in place at key points during fabrication and in the supply chain to prevent quarantine risk material reaching sensitive receptors.
Our consultants have designed stringent quarantine strategy, systems and management plans for clients, including the development of innovative tools and processes to assist clients in effective implementation. Our team has also developed and implemented training and awareness programs for major clients and their suppliers.
Globally, invasions by aquatic pests result in billions of dollars in damages and management costs per year to infrastructure, fisheries and coastal communities. The majority of these invasions occur via the waterborne transport and construction infrastructure – on or within ships, drill rigs, construction barges and other mobile equipment as biofouling rel="noopener noreferrer" or in ballast waters.
In some jurisdictions, vessels identified as posing a high risk of transporting marine pests across oceans can possibly be barred from entry – thus posing a significant risk to project schedules and costs. It is therefore essential that vessel/infrastructure operators have the ability both to evaluate and if necessary reduce that risk as rapidly rel="noopener noreferrer" as possible.
The soon-to-be-implemented IMO Convention on Ballast Water Management (BWM) and numerous port-state requirements all put the onus on vessel operators / charterers to stop the movement of marine pests between countries.
As the issue is recognised by more and more nations, there will be an increasing requirement to ensure and demonstrate effective biosecurity management of this infrastructure to retain access to ports and local resources.
Navigating the regulatory requirements of operations in multiple jurisdictions can be exceptionally challenging. Our professionals have extensive experience in management of invasive marine species. We can help determine the most appropriate course of action to reduce the impact of marine pests on project schedules, including:
- Development of overarching and activity-specific biosecurity management plans
- Developing biofouling and ballast water management plans compliant with IMO and port-state requirements
- Undertaking vessel / infrastructure biosecurity risk assessments and inspections, both in-dock and in-water, anywhere around the globe, at short notice.
- Coordinating and managing mitigation measures, including decontamination, to reduce the biosecurity risk profile of vessels and equipment,
- Providing best practice training to personnel to reduce biofouling levels – minimizing long-term biosecurity risk and saving fuel
- Designing and implementing port/harbour/natural rel="noopener noreferrer" area surveys for marine pests
The UN Climate Change Strategy projects that rising sea levels, heavier rains, inland flooding, stronger storms and more extreme temperatures are going to have a global impact on the hundreds of millions of people living in coastal areas vulnerable to climate change. Effective management of coastal resources is thus more critical than ever and must be based on sound policy underpinned by defensible science and advice.
Our team members have been involved in the environmental management of a wide variety of coastal developments, ranging from small-scale site assessments, through to wide-scale environmental management for some of the largest, most complex industrial developments in the world. We have expertise in nearly all facets of coastal management, including issues related to coastal biodiversity inventory, biosecurity, habitat assessment, infrastructure development, effects assessment and water resources. We can provide tailored solutions to meet the needs of every client, including:
- Coastal baseline surveys, biodiversity and resource inventories
- Coastal effects assessment and permitting
- Development of environmental management plans
- Environmental monitoring
- Habitat mapping
Select Project Experience
Lend Lease - Hunt Point Tugs and Tug Harbour Project
Ramboll has provided ecological services including marine and terrestrial monitoring to Lend Lease for the BHP Billiton Iron Ore (BHPBIO) Hunt Point Tugs and Tug Harbour Project.
Fugro TSM Pty Ltd - Marine Bio Inspection, New Zealand
We conducted New Zealand pre-clearance inspection of vessels for marine pest species of concern for compliance with the NZ Craft Risk Management Standard for long-stay vessels.
Northland Regional Council - Biocide Assessment
We conducted an assessment of biocides for use in hull decontamination protocols for small (<30 m LOA) commercial and recreational vessels.
Quadrant Energy – Quarantine Management Plan
We developed a Quarantine Management Plan and associated tools for implementation for logistics operations at the Class C Reserve at Varanus Island
Petronas – Development of Biodiversity Action rel="noopener noreferrer" Plans
We developed biodiversity action plans to International Finance Corporation (IFC) environmental performance standards for the development of a petrochemical refinery complex (Petronas).