Benthic Solutions Limited will be attending this year’s Ocean Business at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton between the 4th and 6th April 2017. Please contact us if you are interested to meet with a member of our team during the exhibition to discuss our innovative protocols. We look forward to seeing you there!
Benthic Solutions is delighted to announce that in recognition of our commitment to occupational health and safety and our fully implemented safety management system, the company was awarded its OHSAS 18001 accreditation in December by QMS International PLC. This, along with our existing ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certificates for quality assurance and environmental management, along with our ongoing participation in the NMBAQC scheme demonstrates BSL’s commitment to continual improvement and to providing the highest quality services, safely to our Clients.
Representatives from Benthic Solutions Limited will be attending this year’s Offshore Wind Meets... event in Lowestoft on the 6th December 2016. The conference is jointly organised by OrbisEnergy, Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network. Please contact us if you are interested to meet during the exhibition to discuss our innovative environmental protocols (firstname.lastname@example.org). We look forward to seeing you there! http://www.orbisenergy.co.uk/offshorewindmeets/
Ian Wilson, the Director of Benthic Solutions Limited will be attending this year’s Offshore Decommissioning Conference at the Fairmont Hotel in St Andrews between the 14th and 16th November 2016. The conference is jointly organised by Decom North Sea and Oil & Gas UK. Please contact us if you are interested to meet with Ian during the exhibition (email@example.com) to discuss our innovative environmental and decommissioning protocols. We look forward to seeing you there! http://offshoredecommissioningconference.co.uk/
After weeks of glorious sunshine the team had a chance to get out on the beach at West Runton. Norfolk. However, today we weren’t so lucky with the weather, bearing intermittent torrential rain and a howling gale as the tide went out. We were all there to search for evidence of lugworm reproduction (Arenicola marina) for Capturing our Coast, a Lottery funded organisation which coordinates marine survey of our coasts. It was a great opportunity to investigate the rockpools and identify intertidal species including Coralina sp., Fucus serratus and 3 sponges which are rare for the Norfolk coastline.
BSL are delighted to announce their registration with Achilles First Point Assessment (FPAL) in the spring of this year. FPAL is used by buyers to identify, qualify, evaluate and monitor suppliers on their behalf. It is an industry-run community of operators, contractors and suppliers working in collaboration to promote a fair and transparent supply chain. Through our subsidiary Subacoustech Environmental Limited, we have also been registered with Achilles UVDB for a number of years. Achilles UVDB provides supplier management for the Utilities sector in the UK, assisting these companies manage risk within their supply chain and comply with procurement legislation. For more details of our registration please contact our team via firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0) 1603 784726. We look forward to hearing from you! FPAL Supplier Number: 10055314
Congratulation to the whole team at BSL! All our staff took real pleasure to bake wonderful and very tasty cakes for the Horning Boat Show on the 30th April 2016. Showcasing the very renowned Shortbread Millionaire, Cookies, Brownies, Flapjacks, Pralines, Banana Bread and Lemon Drizzle cakes but also foreign specialities such as the Austrian Appel Strudel, Spanish Tortilla and the French Frangipane, our stand attracted lots of visitors during the day! We want to thank all the visitors and supporters who permit to make this day a success. We are happy to announce that we have sold more than a hundred pieces of cakes with all donations going to the RNLI and the Alzheimer’s Society.
If you didn’t make it and would still like to donate, please do so via the JustGiving links below:
Continuing on the success from the previous year, the Marlborough Football Club, sponsored by Benthic Solution Limited continued their outstanding form for the 2015 to 2016 season. They comprehensively won the Norwich and District Under 19 Development league by winning every game with an average of over 6 goals scored per game and conceding only 6 goals all season. This phenomenal season continued when further entered into an adult cup competition within the Division 1 league, achieving a final finish against Sprowston Wanderers and winning after a 4:4 thriller, extra time and 8:7 on penalties (pictured). Further details of results can be seen on http://www.norwichsundayleague.co.uk/index.php/league-results-fixtures/under19b. This achievement was almost matched by many of the players who also play for our local under 18’s team in Wroxham, who also finishing top at the end of the season.
Benthic Solutions Limited will be attending this year’s Oceanology International at ExCeL London between the 15th and 17th March 2016. Please contact us if you are interested to meet with a member of our team during the exhibition to discuss our innovative protocols. We look forward to seeing you there!
The whole team will be getting their bake on to raise money for the RNLI and Alzheimer’s Society at the Horning Boat Show, Norfolk, on the 30th April 2016 (http://www.horningboatshow.co.uk). Expect delectable cupcakes, sumptuous sausage rolls and many more for two great charities. The whole team will be there to join in the fun, and it promises to be a fantastic family day out on the beautiful Norfolk Broads. We hope to see you there! But if you can’t make it and would still like to donate, please do so via the JustGiving links below:
In addition to the bake sale, two of our team (Cécile and Lucy) will be running the Norfolk Race for Life Pretty Muddy 5k challenge on the 14th May 2016, raising funds for Cancer Research UK. Neither of the girls likes running very much, but they’re both excited to get involved! If you’re feeling generous, please consider sponsoring Cécile and Lucy for their Race for Life via the following JustGiving link:
In September 2015 Benthic Solutions Limited (BSL) completed a successful environmental and geophysical survey programme in the Falkland Islands. The three-month assignment comprised a multi-disciplinary approach during the southern hemisphere winter, and revealed a very complex array of habitats and diverse macrofaunal communities. The survey showcased BSL’s new underwater camera system, the MOD4. This system was designed in-house, using a ‘lessons-learned’ approach from the numerous other systems available, and utilised over many years. The MOD4 system can be used in a variety of underwater environments from poor visibility shallow water, to deep water projects in both real-time and self-contained configurations, based upon four deployment modes. It acquires still photographs of outstanding resolution (24mp) as well as high definition video footage (2mp). Development continues to ensure that this system remains at the forefront of advancements in underwater photographic technology. This system can be supplied cost-effectively with an operator; please contact us for details of how we can tailor this system to your project.
In addition to Benthic Solution’s expertise in offshore and deep water projects, BSL personnel have also undertaken numerous environmental surveys in shallow water and intertidal areas in recent years. An example was carried out earlier this year for habitat assessment on multiple interconnector landfalls in both northern France and southern Ireland. Operations were undertaken during extreme low-water spring tides assessing both habitats and faunal assemblages within the route corridor from the low water mark to above the foreshore. The surveys were done using a combination of geo-referenced aerial images and directed onsite using GPS devices, visually recording habitat boundaries, intertidal zones, and describing the biological assemblages. The results indicated a fascinating array of both flora and fauna which inhabit both of these coastlines. Particular highlights were a dazzling array of gastropod molluscs present along the rocky shores of Brittany, (Littorina sp., Gibbula sp. and Calliostoma sp.) and impressive biogenic reef structures formed by the honeycomb worm Sabellaria alveolata on the beaches in Ireland (pictured), the latter a protected Annex I habitat under the European Habitat Directive. The survey was part of a multi- disciplinary pre-development baseline assessment which included vessel based operations inshore and offshore.
Benthic Solutions Limited is proud to support the Marlborough Football Club from 2015 to 2016. Based to the north of Norwich, a large number of players also play for our local village team represented by Wroxham under 18s and reserves. Marlborough F.C. are currently top of the Norwich and District Under 19 Development League, with a perfect 9 wins from 9 games and a massive goal difference. With an average strike rate of over 7 goals per game and having conceded only 2 goals all year, they are already on course to match last year’s achievement, and winning the league outright with games to spare. Further details of fixtures can be seen on:
Staff at Benthic Solutions have volunteered their time to support a public awareness poster for the visitors of the grey seal colony at Horsey, North Norfolk. After observing incidents of misbehaviour by a small minority of the public when visiting the colony, BSL personnel were proactive in providing their services and expertise to the ‘Friends of Horsey Seals’, in order to produce an educative poster with the aim to protect both seals and the public along with their dogs. If you want to help support the scheme or require information about the seal colony and its management at this beach, please visit: www.friendsofhorseyseals.co.uk.
After not touching our website for 10 years, I am delighted to release the new Benthic Solutions website. This has been designed and improved to provide easy navigation through our specialised services, bespoke equipment, rental equipment, company news and operations gallery, and will be updated regularly. The new ‘Contact Us’ page should allow clients a simple request tool for further information about any of our services; where a member of our team will be happy to help you. I hope you will enjoy your visit.
Benthic Solution’s extensive reputation in innovative science in the marine environmental sector has become further enhanced through our partnerships with two leading specialist environmental companies in 2014. Benthic Solutions is working with both Applied Genomics Limited (specialists in the use of DNA sequencing to monitor biological impacts) and Subacoustech Environmental Limited (specialists in acoustic modelling and monitoring). Working alongside both companies, BSL has developed novel survey protocols to enlarge its capabilities for the implementation of DNA analysis and acoustic monitoring techniques into routine marine assessments alongside our standard survey operations. These new tools will enable BSL to model, acquire, monitor and interpret data cost-effectively to a precision well beyond that currently available in the marine environmental sector.
Our specialist EMCAED™ protocol (Environmental Monitoring and Cuttings Assessment for Exploration Drilling) has continued to be successful in recent years, with multiple projects completed in Greenland, Central America and West Africa, and is becoming a legislative requirement in some countries. We have continued to manufacture and develop our bespoke equipment to ensure these surveys remain extremely cost-effective, whilst providing a flexible and innovative survey strategy. Furthermore, to remain at the cutting edge of commercial marine science, we are implementing additional DNA sequencing analysis and acoustic monitoring, providing further dimensions to these surveys and ensuring a better understanding of project outcomes for our clients.
Benthic Solutions is pleased to confirm that in recognition of our environmental commitment and management plan, the company was awarded ISO 14001 certification in February 2015, presented by QMS International PLC. This, along with our existing quality assurance certification under ISO 9001 (awarded in August 2013) and our participation within the NMBAQC scheme over the past 5 years (for macro-invertebrate and particle size analysis), emphasises BSL’s continued commitment to improvement, and maintaining a high level of quality assurance for our clients.