Sakhalin Energy Appoints BMT ARGOSS for Weather Forecasting

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

BMT ARGOSS (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, the leading international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has been appointed by Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd. (Sakhalin Energy) to deliver weather forecasting services to support their onshore and offshore operations in the Sakhalin region, off the east coast of Russia.

As part of a long-term contract, BMT’s 18 strong team will provide weather, wave and current forecasts, as well as tidal information to help support offshore drilling operations.  Marie-Jette Wierbos, Forecast Manager at BMT ARGOSS explains: “The conditions are very harsh in Sakhalin and forecasting the weather can be extremely challenging.  Topography, shallow boundary layers, sea ice and large differences in temperatures between land surface and sea create strong local effects.  By running high resolution models we are able to capture more effectively these local effects such as ice that can cover the water around the offshore platforms in winter time.”

BMT will deliver twice daily updates on weather and wave conditions and once daily update on the current and tides.  This information is presented in an easy to use and understandable format which is bespoke to the customer and its specific requirements.

Feddo Vollema, Account Manager at BMT ARGOSS comments: “We have a proven track record of delivering weather forecast services in this region which fully meet the customer requirements.  Accurate, real-time forecasting is a prerequisite to planning and carrying out day to day operations. We help customers utilise the full potential of available weather windows, allowing them to reduce operational risk and save time.”

Editor’s note:


BMT ARGOSS is a multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy servicing the oil and gas sector, traditional maritime markets and the wider ports & harbour industry. The company specialises in analysing and forecasting environmental conditions for offshore and coastal design and operations, and provides bespoke services in emergency response and ship navigation and manoeuvring simulation. The company employs mariners and industry experts in meteorology, oceanography, hydrodynamics and naval architecture. BMT ARGOSS operates from its offices in The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Kazakhstan, Malaysia and Indonesia, and supports its operations through the global network of BMT Group offices. 


BMT Group

BMT is an international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, working principally in the defence, energy and environment, marine risk and insurance, maritime transport and ports and logistics sectors.

BMT invests significantly in research. Its customers are served through a network of international subsidiary companies. The group’s assets are held in beneficial ownership for its staff.

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