sustainable design and robust management processes
A transdisciplinary approach
We have a network of expertise, including ecologists, economists and planners that span the maritime, offshore and energy industries. As such, we’re uniquely positioned to deliver holistic solutions to overcome complex challenges and objections through an approach which transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries.
We work collaboratively with government agencies, scientific communities and non-governmental organizations to develop scenarios that help build the scope of potential projects. In identifying key milestones and assigning responsibilities, we help our clients realize their visions.
Our philosophy of transparency and continuous improvement means we constantly seek out learning opportunities and ways to be innovative to meet our clients’ needs.
In decentralising the decision-making process, we gather external expertise and insights that enable our clients to make better-informed decisions.
ocean management through sustainable design
At Spartan Maritime, we recognise that sustainability-infused design is a dynamic process. By engaging our consultancy services at the design stage, our clients gain insights that help them consider the long-term viability of projects. We can advise on the hydrologic, ecological, economic, and social impacts of initiatives. In applying a holistic, transdisciplinary approach, we cover all relevant facets of proposed designs.
We adopt a Working with Nature (WwN) philosophy, where natural systems lead technical design, enhancing habitat functions and improving aesthetics. We proactively identify opportunities to work with nature and clearly demonstrate how WwN benefits the project design. This approach enhances the resilience of ecosystems while minimising negative anthropogenic impacts to the environment.
As part of the design optimisation process, we use GIS-based spatial programmes and conduct marine traffic spatio-temporal analyses using historical and real-time analytics. Our quantitative and qualitative surveys provide risk predictions and our assessments of ports and navigational access areas ensure designs operate in the best interests of the pubic and the environment.
Engaging with stakeholders is vital to the open and accessible governance of the marine environment. We prioritise the non-biased inclusion of stakeholder input and participation in our marine spatial planning process, where unique perspectives are valued.
In engaging with a broad range of partners, we gain a clear understanding of the values and concerns held by external parties, enabling us to resolve conflicts. This ensures that planning decisions take into consideration the views and perspectives of not just those in power, but also those of potentially marginalised communities.
We use Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) as a decision support tool, combining unique value judgements with geospatial data to enable the quantification and visualisation of decision criteria. Decision makers and stakeholders gain insights into trade-offs, alternatives and uncertainty, allowing them to make informed decisions, based on the best currently available data.
With every project we undertake, we consider the environmental impacts. In marine spatial planning, our priority is to preserve biodiversity, conservation and sustainable economic development in marine areas.
Safeguarding ecological processes impacts the overall resilience of a marine initiative and ensures the environment has the capacity to support social and economic benefits. We understand the importance of the relationship between nature conservation and human welfare and promote the safe, efficient and sustainable use of marine space.
In developing a zonal plan for marine management areas, we ensure biodiversity objectives are incorporated into planned decision-making. We can help establish a context for planning that reduces the cumulative effects of human activities on marine ecosystems.
At Spartan Maritime, we help ports and harbours achieve their sustainability goals by helping them develop emissions inventory. We use a standard metric for understanding the relative contribution of sources to emissions.
Our team specialises in analysing sea-based emissions using an innovative automatic identification system (AIS). In using building emissions forecast models, we’re able to predict emissions trends that allow for comparative evaluation of reduction strategies.
By monitoring emissions in real-time, or to client-specific intervals, we can provide accurate reports that enable our clients to make better informed decisions about the sustainability of their operations.
Transforming ocean management through sustainable design and robust management processes