SOMOS Workshop on safety aspects of multi-use offshore

We are pleased to invite you to the first workshop of the SOMOS Project “Safe production Of Marine plants and use of Ocean Space.” This project was setup by the University Fund Wageningen and is funded by Lloyds Register Foundation. The consortium partners, Wageningen University & Research and TNO, invite you to participate in this workshop on the 19th and 20th of June 2017 in IJmuiden, the Netherlands.

Organised by Wageningen Marine Research

Mon 19 June 2017 12:30 until Tue 20 June 2017 13:30

Venue Apollo Hotel IJmuiden Seaport Beach, Netherlands

SOMOS deals with the challenge of using our oceans and seas more intensively. The lead question is: what are the safety conditions to meet so that seaweed production can be safely and sustainably combined with other types of sustainable use? In the SOMOS project, we will develop a framework for good (operational) practices and standards that consider the safety of food, people and property to assist in developing this co-use of the seas. The framework will integrate different uses such as renewable energy production and novel food and feed production from seaweed.

SOMOS is organizing two workshops, offering stakeholders from governing, assessment, and operational sectors the opportunity to participate in developing safety standards.

The first workshop in June focuses on risks relating to food safety, operational safety, and cumulative impacts of combined uses. As an attendee, your expert opinion and reflection on our analyses are considered crucial to the development of a future Integrated Framework for Safety Assessment. This framework will in turn help set future standards for multi-use operations.

Stakeholders with an interest in offshore activities, seaweed and aquaculture, marine renewable energy production, food and feed processing, policy making, and the marine environment in general are welcome.

Below is an outline of the tentative programme.

Agenda 1st  SOMOS workshop on safety aspects of multi-use offshore

19-20 June 2017 from lunch to lunch in IJmuiden, Apollo Hotel IJmuiden Seaport Beach, Netherlands.

Monday, June 19th

Lunch: 12:30 – 13:30

Plenary session (13.30h - 15.30h)

  1. Introduction of SOMOS by Dr Luc van Hoof
  2. Getting to know each other
  3. Introduction to the Integrated Risk Assessment Framework by Dr Luc van Hoof
  4. WP1: food safety aspects by Jen Banach, MSc
  5. WP2: operation aspects by Ir Lex Vredeveldt
  6. WP3: cumulative aspects by Dr Sander van den Burg

Break 15:30

Group workshops (16:00 – 18:00) on the following questions

  • Does this apply to your case/experiences
  • What are the differences?
  • What are the gaps in hazards?
  • What does this mean for rules and standards?
  • What are possibilities for integration?

Dinner: BBQ at Roof Terrace

Tuesday, June 20th

Plenary (10.00h - 12.00h)

  1. Presentations of the group work
  2. Consequences for the framework by Dr Luc van Hoof
  3. Wrap up and filling in evaluation

Lunch 12:30

Please register through this link by Wednesday, June 7th 2017.

If any questions do not hesitate to contact the organisers Rian Schelvis ( or Luc van Hoof (