were requested to examine existing regulations and practices on
fishing over seabed pipelines, then draw from international
experiences to present scenarios for Brunei that improve fishing
access without compromising safety and operational requirements of
the Oil Industry.
were held with commercial fishery operators and Department of
Fisheries officers to obtain current practices; and details of
trawling gear used in Brunei. Overseas
experience, particularly in the North Sea revealed a long
established format for determining “trawlability” of pipelines,
and Trenching Guidelines to calculate potential damages from
trawling gear. Latest
methods for improved safety include warning systems placed on board
vessels using GIS location devises to advise of close proximity to
suitable for Brunei waters include: changes to pipeline design; new
safety factors; modifying fishing gear on vessels; on board warning
devises; and marine transponders showing vessel location.
The most appropriate solution is a combination of scenarios
which improve safety provisions and instill a “Duty of Care” on
fishermen to be aware of the hazards of fishing close to seabed
of the investigation will be incorporated into a Strategy Paper
describing the way forward for co-incidental use of the seabed by
fishermen and the oil companies.