The remote expanse and extreme, variable nature of the North East Atlantic poses many challenges to effective Ocean operations:
- Logistics: Accessing the length of the continental shelf and out to Rockall requires appropriate vessels, equipment and support, particularly for prolonged efficient operations.
- Maintenance: The harsh climate offshore takes its toll on equipment, with extreme wave heights and severe gales. Local access to economical and effective engineering and instrumentation support is vital for these operations.
- Local knowledge: Conditions along the Outer Hebrides and out to Rockall are variable, extreme and change rapidly. Local knowledge and experience in maritime operations are vital for planning and conducting effective, efficient operations.
- Forward basing: When conducting operations in forward based areas, teams require a comfortable and familiar working environment with suitable communications links, office space, internet, computing and visualisation facilities.