Bodac Mine clearance and ordnance disposal operations in Baltic Sea

Bodac Mine clearance and ordnance disposal operations in Baltic Sea

Journal of The Institute of Explosive Engineers September 2018.

In the years since World War II, the sea region has been used for extensive military activity, such as weapons and ammunition practice by many of the neighbouring Baltic states. This has resulted in extensive explosive contamination in the Baltic Sea which has impacted upon the planned lines of subsea pipeline infrastructure, hence the requirement for an efficient and effective Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) process.

The key to achieving project success was to ensure that underwater geophysical survey data before and after underwater disposal operations was accurate, so that targets of interest could be correctly identified and UXO hazards removed along planned pipeline routes. Project integration between N-Sea, BODAC and the other implementing partners was also an essential requirement. The teams had prepared a risk-based methodology and applied best practice in terms of ensuring relevant levels of qualification and competence.

BODAC B.V. is an Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) services company specialising in UXO risk management, historical research, archaeology, survey and detection on land and underwater. In the subsea sphere they routinely conduct geophysical survey, diving and detection activities and have recently been active in the Baltic Sea with the Dutch offshore service provider N-Sea, having been engaged on the Nord Stream 2 project, preparing for the installation of pipelines in the Finnish sector of the Baltic Sea. This forms part of the Nord Stream 2 planned route for the subsea pipelines which will cross the territorial waters and exclusive economic zones of Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany.
 
Click here for the article ‘Underwater EOD in the Baltic Sea’ by Auke Van der Velde MIExpE.