It is well known in the industry that the environment for all offshore oil and gas marine operations has unique challenges the world over. However, when operating in a sub-arctic region with notoriously difficult sea states, regular encounters with sea ice, icebergs, strong winds, thick fog and numerous forms of solid and liquid precipitation, the challenges become a major consideration for even the most straight forward task. It was in this very environment in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), Canada, the Hebron Project safely and successfully executed a number of very complex, industry first, major marine operations. Successful management of these major operations was only possible due to a strong, experienced team who were able to balance critical technical planning processes with an appropriate risk based approach to decision making. The basis for this approach to planning and executing these marine activities for the Hebron Project will be explained in this paper, including some of the key success factors that enabled the team to overcome many safety, environmental and technical challenges that were encountered.

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