The Dutch government is developing a large number of wind farms on the North Sea. What are the consequences of these developments on the safety of shipping? To answer this question we follow the Formal Safety Assessment (FSA) methodology. This is a rational and systematic process for assessing risks and to evaluate mitigating measures.
Our software tool SAMSON contributes to safety and environmental risk assessments. Input of the model is a traffic database of shipping activities in the area. SAMSON includes accident frequency models for collision, grounding, fire/explosions, contacts etc. to determine the accident frequencies. It also includes impact modules for assessing the consequences of the accidents. MARIN has set up risk models and executed risk assessments for area’s in Canada, France, the Baltic and the North Sea.