The Met Office has signed an agreement to offer its metocean risk management software for offshore projects.
ForeCoast® Marine is a planning, visualisation and decision support tool which uses Met Office forecast data to reduce costs and metocean risks.
Under the deal, JBA Consulting will offer ForeCoast® to its marine and offshore clients.
The two organisations aim to provide solutions for managing risks throughout the lifecycle of marine energy or construction projects.
That includes pricing weather into tenders, designing detailed construction and operation and maintenance strategies and managing live weather risks.
The tool is expected to help maximise narrow tidal weather windows, reduce programme delays and costs as well as health and safety risks.
Dr Douglas Taylor, Business and Operations Manager, Offshore Energy at The Met Office said: “We are pleased to offer ForeCoast® Marine to the offshore industry through this new agreement with JBA. It provides an innovative framework within which to share our expert forecasting advice and data to support clients in their efforts to reduce costs and minimise health and safety risks.”
Last year the Met Office signed a two-year agreement to provide weather monitoring for ScottishPower’s wind farms.