Modular Multi-use Deep Water Offshore Platform Harnessing and Servicing Mediterranean, Subtropical and Tropical Marine and Maritime Resources
While availability of space on land is already limited, it is especially restricted and acute in coastal regions, hence the increasing interest in offshore areas. The TROPOS Project develops the design and considers location options for floating modular Multi-use Offshore Platforms integrating a broad range of specific activities from different sectors. The innovative platform is adapted to deep waters and enables integrated exploitation of oceanic resources (including maritime transport, energy, aquaculture, and leisure), with a focus on tropical, subtropical and Mediterranean areas.
The TROPOS project has a multi-disciplinary nature and represents a significant challenge in terms of standardizing approaches and methodologies since it puts together many different sectors. Thus, the TEAL (Transport, Energy, Aquaculture and Leisure) sectors are being integrated into different conceptual modules and scenarios, highlighting three main concepts:
'Sustainable Production Concept', 'Green & Blue Concept' and 'Leisure Island Concept'. At the moment, the project has also designed the platform central unit, which can be used for
three different models of platforms in three different locations: Canary Islands, Crete (Greece) and Taiwan. From the economical point of view, a deployment strategy for multi-use offshore platforms is covering several aspects: project objectives, factors in- and excluded, components to be incorporated in the TROPOS platform, and a scenario for the deployment of a multi-use platform outlining final deployment targets. From the start of the TROPOS conceptual design, environmental and socio-economic aspects are studied and fully integrated to ensure that sustainability is part and parcel of
the project. As the first step, a thorough scoping of possible positive and negative impacts including synergies and cumulative impacts has been performed. A literature study is on-going, focusing on potentially significant impacts, mitigation and monitoring options useful for TROPOS. Finally, a comparison of single-use versus multi-use platforms will be developed and guidelines prepared so that investors know which environmental aspects to address.
With a view to overcome TROPOS diversity, the project work package: 'Geographic and Module Benchmarking and Decision Methodology' (already completed) has provided a common decision methodology based on GIS (Geographical Information System) and a thorough analysis of the main constraints and synergies between platform components for a quantitative evaluation of the specifications of each of the TEAL components. At the same time, the design of the platforms presents an iterative process which simultaneously considers numerous interrelated factors resulting in a dynamic process. TROPOS is also establishing close links with the MERMAID and H2OCEAN projects funded under 'The Ocean of Tomorrow' topic in order to enhance complementarities and synergies.