Modelling Software

Marine Solutions has a range of modelling software that enables efficient data analysis and effective presentation and communication of results.

Sediment Sampling Equipment

Marine Solutions has conducted a large number of projects requiring sediment sampling for a range of parameters. We are experienced in the processes and procedures for sampling and assessment of sediments, and the manner for them to be safely sampled and handled as appropriate for the relevant analyses, whether that be contaminant, elutriate, pore-water, Total Organic Carbon (TOC), particle size, or other tests as required. We have the capabilities and equipment to collect sediment samples in the manner that best suits the requirements of a given project, be it by quad corer, grab sampler, hand-collected by divers, or otherwise.

Selected Past Projects:

  • Derwent Rivers wastewater treatment plants ambient monitoring program (TasWater; 2014-2015)
  • Ecological assessment of public boardwalk development, Battery Point, Hobart (SKM/Hobart City Council; 2013)
  • Ecological assessment of port development, Triabunna, Tasmania (Burbury Consulting/Glamorgan Spring Bay Council; 2013)
  • Ecological assessment for marina redevelopment, Bellerive, Tasmania (Clarence City Council; 2012/13)
  • Marine ecological assessment for ‘Basslink’ cable construction (CEE; 2007)
  • Marine ecological assessment for bridge redevelopment, Bridgewater Bridge (GHD; 2012)
  • Environmental impact assessment of aquaculture facility, Spring Bay, Triabunna, Tasmania (Spring Bay Seafoods; 2007)
  • Environmental impact assessments for Macquarie Point sewage outfall and Hobart Rivulet, Derwent River, Hobart (Hobart City Council; 2008)
  • Environmental impact assessment of effluent and wastewater disposal, Coffs Harbour, NSW (Coffs Harbour City Council; 2007)

Water Profiling

Marine Solutions uses a YSI 6920 V2 Multi-parameter Water Quality Sonde or a YSI EXO2 Water Quality Sonde for in situ water quality measurements, which include, but are not limited to, temperature, depth, pH, conductivity, salinity, turbidity, dissolved oxygen and chlorophyll. We have the capability to conduct deployments of the Sonde for continuous data recording over extended time periods, depending on the requirements of the given project. We are also experienced with the deployment and management of Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCP) and a wide range of other data loggers including Conductivity Temperature Depth (CTD) loggers. Marine Solutions also has a Nortek AWAC 1MHz vessel mounted ADCP unit, which enables real-time readings of back scatter and currents, primarily for plume verification. This includes calibration, field operation, data management and reporting. The sampling, techniques and constraints of water sampling in the southern regions of Tasmania are all well known to Marine Solutions, and we have strong relationships with support networks to ensure samples are handled and stored appropriately and then assessed in a timely manner.

Working closely with the Tasmanian aquaculture industry, Marine Solutions conducts regular water quality monitoring for the Tasmanian Shellfish Quality Assurance Program (TSQAP) and TasWater throughout southern Tasmania, including the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Recherché Bay. We also conducted the environmental assessments for Spring Bay Seafoods, which recently resulted in them gaining international aquaculture sustainability accreditation through Friend of the Sea. We are one of only a few organisations that has been granted approval to sample treated abalone live-holding discharge water from processors for laboratory testing in the interests of biosecurity (granted as of mid-2013). In addition, Marine Solutions conducts a large amount of water quality monitoring for Sorell, Kingborough and Huon Valley Councils in relation to their effluent outfalls.

Selected Past Projects:

  • Ecological assessment of public boardwalk development, Battery Point, Hobart (SKM/Hobart City Council; 2013)
  • Ecological assessment of port development, Triabunna, Tasmania (Burbury Consulting/Glamorgan Spring Bay Council; 2013)
  • Ecological assessment for marina redevelopment, Bellerive, Tasmania (Clarence City Council; 2012/13)
  • Effluent outfall investigations (TasWater; 2009 – current)
  • Outfall baseline surveys (Worley Parsons; 2011-12)
  • Baseline marine surveys of sewage treatment plant, Medang, PNG (Marengo Mining/COFFEY; 2009-10)
  • Marine ecological assessment for bridge redevelopment, Bridgewater Bridge (GHD; 2012)
  • Environmental impact assessments for Macquarie Point sewage outfall and Hobart Rivulet, Derwent River, Hobart (Hobart City Council; 2008)
  • Environmental impact assessment of effluent and wastewater disposal, Coffs Harbour, NSW (Coffs Harbour City Council; 2007)

Photographic and Video Equipment

The project team has extensive experience in underwater videography and interpretation of qualitative results. Underwater video is taken with a state of the art Full HD Sony NEX 5 camera housed in an Aquapazza underwater housing, along with over 1000W underwater video lights resulting in high quality clear footage. Video footage is reviewed by marine scientists who are experienced in determining habitat structure, community type and species composition from video and still photos. Detailed image analysis for community structure can also be conducted if required. In addition we have towed video capability with GPS overlay and speed/direction stamp should this be a more suitable method of collecting imagery as well as the ability to produce aerial images and video from a Phantom 3 Professional Drone fitted with a 12.4 MP Sony camera with capabilities of Ultra High Definition (UHD) 2160p video recording. Marine Solutions also has access to, and experience operating, a powerful ROV with dual lights, USBL positioning system, grabber arm and dual cameras suitable for working in deeper environments. This system is comfortably housed on our larger research vessel, providing a safe and efficient operational platform. Still photography is taken by a 14MP DSLR in a housing with external lighting, providing high resolution images, even in challenging environmental conditions.

Selected Past Projects:

  • Understanding broadscale impacts of salmonid farming on rocky reef communities (FRDC; 2015-2016)
  • EIA, public boardwalk proposed development, Battery Point (SKM/Hobart City Council; 2013)
  • Baseline survey/ecological assessment, Domgas pipeline route (DOF Subsea; 2010-11)
  • Baseline survey, PNG LNG pipeline route (Marengo Mining/COFFEY; 2009-10)
  • Baseline marine surveys, sewage treatment plant, Medang, PNG (Marengo Mining/COFFEY; 2009-10)

 

Vessels

Marine Solutions has three vessels to cater for a wide variety of project types and working conditions. All vessels are in commercial survey.

We have a purpose built planing hull 6.0m aluminium research vessel “The Second  Solution“, fitted with bathymetric and habitat mapping equipment, and with dive entry and exit fixtures for research divers. In addition, the vessel is fitted with computer logging equipment and towed video with recording capability. Furthermore it has powered lifting davits and sieving attachments for lifting and maneuvering heavy sampling equipment, a tender vessel and two sit-on-top kayaks.

Our outboard powered “The Small Solution” small rigid hull inflatable boat is suitable for near-shore rivers, lakes and sheltered shallow waters.

The Environmental Solution” is a 6.0m Hobson trihull with twin 90 horsepower engines. It has powered lifting davits and sieving attachments for lifting and maneuvering heavy sampling equipment, and is capable of accommodating our vessel-mounted ADCP set-up.  It is equipped with sounder and GPS for bathymetric mapping.  With a dive ladder and a very stable work platform, “The Environmental Solution” is a suitable platform for conducting dive work. It is primarily based in Macquarie Harbour for increased capacity in the west/north west region.

“The Abyss” is a 14.0m Cumberland power catamaran capable of undertaking projects throughout Tasmania and interstate. The Abyss is an ideal liveaboard vessel and has capacity for extended field trips with comfortable living quarters for clients and crew.

The Abyss is cable of mapping bathymetry and habitats and is suitable as a base for research diving. It has a draft of 0.6 m and has a small tender.

John Barker and Associates

I have engaged Sam to provide flora and fauna and marine specific assessments and recommendations for a number of my clients involving aquaculture projects, commercial and private developments. Sam’s professionalism, integrity, ‘eye’ for detail and practical recommendations have resulted in successful outcomes.

– John Barker, Managing Director

Orford Triabunna Chamber of Commerce

Marine Solutions has consistently prepared quality reports for submission to Government on behalf of the Orford Triabunna Chamber of Commerce within relevant legislative frames. The Chamber has no hesitation in recommending Marine Solutions.

– Chris Peterson

Dive Tourism Project, UTas

Marine Solutions provided us with an environmental baseline study. This was produced to an excellent standard and in a timely manner. I would highly recommend their services.

– Louise Archer, UTAS

Dive Team

Marine Solutions personnel are trained and certified at Australian Standard 2815.1 or 2815.2.  In addition, all personnel are trained commercial and/or scientific divers and have extensive experience diving in a wide variety of locations and conditions. Marine Solutions provides dive equipment which is all in current test.

If proposed depths of the study mean SCUBA or SSBA diving is an effective tool for gathering data we are well placed to provide commercially qualified dive teams of marine scientists to conduct underwater investigations, and used in combination with other techniques will result in a robust and defensible data set.

Insurances

Marine Solutions currently holds public liability insurance to the value of $10,000,000 through QBE insurance group. Marine Solutions also holds professional indemnity insurance and workers compensation insurance through Berkley Insurance and Arthur Gallagher.  Furthermore, vehicles, vessels and other equipment is comprehensively insured for business use which includes public liability and NRMA insurances.

Laboratories

Marine Solutions utilises a well-equipped on-site workshop and Wet Lab for a multitude of services, such as sediment particle size analysis, sediment settling time analysis, samples preservation, chemical handling and controlled conditions samples storage.

We maintain excellent working relationships with numerous laboratories around the state and on the mainland, including Analytical Services Tasmania, ALS Global, Infauna Data and Selfs Point Laboratory, through which we have access to an extensive range of routine and specialty environmental testing and analyses.  Testing through a NATA-accredited facility is ensured for most routine analyses; should you require NATA accreditation for a non-routine request we are well-placed to advise on the most suitable facility for testing.

Sam Ibbott

Sam has been consulting in marine ecology and environmental assessments since 1996, and has been the director and owner of Marine Solutions since its inception in 2003.  He is an experienced project manager and the lead consultant for Marine Solutions. Sam has worked on many consultancy projects throughout Australia and overseas and is familiar with a vast array of ambient monitoring methodologies.  His strong track record of managing multidisciplinary projects to achieve their goals on time and within forecast budgets has resulted in numerous successful partnerships.  Working as a sub-consultant for larger organizations and as director of Marine Solutions, Sam has gained significant experience and expertise in coastal assessments, dredging projects, resources industry requirements and infrastructure development. He has specialist expertise in field assessments, especially water quality, sediments, biological and habitat mapping assessments.  Through his years of work experience in Tasmanian waters Sam has acquired an expert level of local marine flora and fauna identification.  He is also experienced in tropical marine fauna identification and has undertaken a comprehensive corals identification training course.

Baseline Surveys and EIAs

Marine Solutions has the in-house expertise to design and implement quality baseline surveys and Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) for a wide variety of projects. Our team’s extensive knowledge of marine ecology and coastal engineering enables us to evaluate anthropogenic impacts on the surrounding environment using a variety of techniques, including characterisation of habitat, biological communities and sediments, and quantification of water quality parameters through space and time. We have a thorough understanding of legislative requirements surrounding coastal construction works in Tasmania and further afield. In the past, we have conducted baseline surveys and EIAs for marina redevelopments, jetty constructions, effluent outfalls, underwater pipeline constructions and aquaculture leases.

Selected Past Projects:

  • EIA, shipping operations of Stanley port, Stanley (TasPorts; 2016)
  • EIA, public boardwalk proposed development, Battery Point, Hobart (SKM/Hobart City Council; 2013)
  • EIA, marine effluent outfall, Ulverstone (CEE; 2009-12)
  • Sediment and biological monitoring plan, George Town sewage outfall (GHD/TasWater; 2013).
  • EIA, marine effluent outfall, Blackmans Bay (CEE; 2009-14)
  • Baseline survey/ecological assessment, Domgas pipeline route (DOF Subsea; 2010-11)
  • Baseline survey, PNG LNG pipeline route (Marengo Mining/COFFEY; 2009-10)
  • Baseline marine surveys, sewage treatment plant, Medang, PNG (Marengo Mining/COFFEY; 2009-10)
  • Environmental impact assessment of effluent and wastewater disposal, Coffs Harbour, NSW (Coffs Harbour City Council; 2007)

Ecological Assessments

Our project team is experienced in assessing benthic flora and fauna, with the relevant techniques varying to reflect different substrate types. Standard techniques include infauna grabs, quadrat and transect surveys, towed and diver video, photo quadrats, and diver surveys for mobile invertebrates, fish, algae and sessile invertebrate communities. Usually a combination of these and similar techniques are utilised to characterise the marine community and also survey for threatened and protected species. Introduced species and sensitive habitats are also identified through this process. Within our team is specific expert knowledge of macroalgae, reef fish, coral and other benthic invertebrates’ identification.

Marine Solutions has designed and conducted numerous monitoring programs utilising benthic infauna as an indicator of impact. Notably among these was a three year study into impact from the Coffs Harbour deep sea release, and other ongoing studies in southern Tasmania monitoring impact of effluent outfalls. Marine Solutions has also conducted numerous finfish, algae, invertebrate and coral baseline surveys and monitoring in the past.

Selected Past Projects:

  • Ecological assessment of proposed jetty and boat ramp development, Fulham Island, Tasmania (Burbury Consulting; 2016)
  • Spotted Handfish population survey, Sandy Bay, Hobart (DSS; 2015)
  • Ecological assessment of public boardwalk development, Battery Point, Hobart (SKM/Hobart City Council; 2013)
  • Ecological assessment of port development, Triabunna, Tasmania (Burbury Consulting/Glamorgan Spring Bay Council; 2013)
  • Effluent outfall investigation, Derwent River, Hobart, Tasmania (TasWater; 2012)
  • Baseline survey/ecological assessment of Domgas pipeline route (DOF Subsea; 2010-11)
  • Marine ecological assessment for bridge redevelopment, Bridgewater Bridge (GHD; 2009)
  • Environmental impact assessment of effluent and wastewater disposal, Coffs Harbour, NSW (Coffs Harbour City Council; 2007)

Dredge Management and Planning

Marine Solutions is experienced in the protocol and legislative requirements of dredging, dredge disposal and reclamation. We are well-placed to advise on the management of dredging operations, including aspects relating to disposal of the dredge spoil, release of potentially toxic material from sediments, localised erosion of the foreshore resulting from dredging operations, impacts of dredging on benthic flora and fauna and treatment of the land/water interface. Our previous experience includes design and implementation of small to medium-scale dredge management plans and dredge environmental risk assessments for both private and government clients.

Selected Past Projects:

  • Environmental risk assessment of proposed dredging, Spring Bay, Tasmania (2016)
  • Dredge management sampling regime, Bridport, Tasmania (MAST; 2013)
  • Ecological assessment of port development, Triabunna, Tasmania (Burbury Consulting/Glamorgan Spring Bay Council; 2013)
  • Dredge Management Plan, private marina, Kettering (Kettering Marine; 2012)
  • Development of dredging plan, Georges Bay barway, Pelican Point, Tasmania (GHD; 2013)

Video and ROV Surveys

The project team has extensive experience in underwater videography and interpretation of qualitative results. Video is taken with a state of the art full HD Sony NEX 5 camera housed in an Aquapazza underwater housing, along with over 1000W underwater video lights resulting in high quality clear footage. Video footage is reviewed by marine scientists who are experienced in determining habitat structure, community type and species composition from video and still photos. Detailed image analysis for community structure can also be conducted if required. In addition we have towed video capability with GPS overlay and speed/direction stamp should this be a more suitable method of collecting imagery. Marine Solutions also has access to, and experience operating, a powerful ROV with dual lights, USBL positioning system, grabber arm and dual cameras suitable for working in deeper environments. This system is comfortably housed on our larger research vessel, providing a safe and efficient operational platform. Still photography is taken by a 14MP DSLR in a housing with external lighting, providing high resolution images, even in challenging environmental conditions. Marine solutions also employs the use of contemporary aerial photography to help inform surveying and results.

Selected Past Projects:

  • ROV surveys to meet regulatory requirements for the application for establishment of new Marine Farming Zones in south east Tasmania.
  • Assessment of the extent of impact of dredge material disposal on benthic environments in northern Tasmania, using towed video footage and diver-collected images
  • Drop camera surveys of Spoil grounds in Bass Strait
  • Towed camera surveys of scallop beds and rocky habitats in Bass Strait
  • Intertidal and subtidal environment survey, Woodbridge, Tasmania (TasWater; 2016)
  • EIA, proposed jetty and boat ramp development, Fulham Island, Tasmania (Burbury Consulting; 2016)
  • Aerial plume studies to determine extent of effluent discharge at various outfalls, Tasmania (TasWater; 2014 – present)
  • EIA, public boardwalk proposed development, Battery Point (SKM/Hobart City Council; 2013)
  • Baseline survey/ecological assessment, Domgas pipeline route (DOF Subsea; 2010-11)
  • Baseline survey, PNG LNG pipeline route (Marengo Mining/COFFEY; 2009-10)
  • Baseline marine surveys, sewage treatment plant, Medang, PNG (Marengo Mining/COFFEY; 2009-10)

GIS and Spatial Modelling

Marine Solutions is able to undertake detailed analysis and representation of field survey data and can provide a wide range of spatial data services. Our experience in GIS and spatial analysis has been gained while working on projects across Australia and overseas and is constantly adapting to meet the needs of our clients. In addition to the GIS services we offer our team has extensive experience in the development and application of spatial models across a broad range of disciplines.

Our experience in spatial modelling includes:

  • Mixing zone modelling
  • Sediment transport modelling
  • Depositional modelling
  • Oil Spill trajectory modelling
  • Hydrodynamic modelling
  • Ecological modelling
  • Outfall plume modelling and verification

Selected Past Projects:

  • Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler outputs for integration into modelling and EIS development
  • Bathymetric mapping for coastal developments and floating structures such as ‘Brooke St pier’
  • Ambient monitoring program, ADCP deployment and study, Launceston (TasWater; 2016)
  • Outfall plume modelling and verification, effluent outfall investigations (TasWater; 2009 – present)
  • Ecological/particle transport modelling, Abalone Biotoxin Management Plan (Tasmanian Shellfish Quality Assurance Program; 2013)
  • Outfall plume modelling and verification, effluent outfall investigations (Cadburys, 2013)
  • Depositional modelling defining benthic impacts associated with aquaculture activities (“Depomod”), (Tassal, 2013)
  • Hydrodynamic modelling of riverine systems (Murray-Darling Basin) for environmental flow assessment, (Charles Sturt University; 2013)

Hydrographic Surveys

Our experience in bathymetric surveys, habitat mapping and cartography is extensive, having completed surveys in many areas in Australia. Utilising a boat mounted DGPS and dual frequency sounder linked to a data logging program and a laptop we produce detailed habitat and bathymetric maps to Australian hydrographic survey requirements. Habitat types are ground-truthed by a digital single CCD drop camera which records to an Archos PMA440 unit with GPS overlay function for later review.

Selected Past Projects:

  • Fine scale bathymetric mapping of proposed new farming zones, to Australian hydrographic standards and Marine Farming Branch Standards
  • Bathymetric mapping for dredge planning and management for TasPorts in various regions throughout Tasmania
  • Developing the bathymetry and a proposed pipeline route for an outfall in Napier, New Zealand
  • Planning and environmental assessment for the scuttling of the Troy D, Mercury Passage, Tasmania
  • Bathymetry of Medang Harbour, PNG, for input into wave and dispersal models
  • Port development, Hobart, Tasmania (TasPorts; 2016)
  • Public boardwalk proposed development, Battery Point, Hobart (SKM/Hobart City Council; 2013)
  • Port development, Triabunna (Burbury Consulting/ Glamorgan Spring Bay Council; 2013)
  • Effluent outfall investigation, Derwent River, Hobart, Tasmania (TasWater; 2012)
  • Effluent outfall investigation, northwest Tasmania (TasWater; 2013)
  • Pipeline route planning and assessment, Dover, Tasmania (Tassal; 2011-12)
  • Domgas pipeline route, Barrow Island (Marengo Mining/COFFEY; 2009-10)
  • Irrigation pipeline route planning and assessment, Bridgewater, Tasmania (Tasmanian Irrigation, 2012)
  • Outfall investigation, Port Sampson, NSW (Worley Parsons; 2009)

Water Quality Monitoring

Marine Solutions uses a YSI 6920 V2 Multi-parameter Water Quality Sonde or a YSI EXO2 Water Quality Sonde for in situ water quality measurements, which include, but are not limited to, temperature, depth, conductivity, salinity, turbidity, dissolved oxygen and chlorophyll.  We have the means to conduct deployments of the Sonde for continuous data recording over extended time periods, depending on the requirements of the given project.  We are also experienced with the deployment and management of Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCP) and a wide range of other data loggers including Conductivity Temperature Depth (CTD) loggers. This includes calibration, field operation, data management and reporting.  The sampling, techniques and constraints of water sampling in the southern regions of Tasmania are all well known to Marine Solutions, and we have strong relationships with support networks to ensure samples are handled and stored appropriately and then assessed in a timely manner.

Working closely with the Tasmanian aquaculture industry, Marine Solutions conducts regular water quality monitoring for the Tasmanian Shellfish Quality Assurance Program (TSQAP) in the southern Tasmanian region, and TasWater throughout Tasmania including the Pieman River in the state’s west and the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. We also conducted the environmental assessments for Spring Bay Seafoods, which resulted in them gaining international aquaculture sustainability accreditation through Friend of the Sea.  We are one of only a few organisations that has been granted approval to sample treated abalone live-holding discharge water from processors for laboratory testing in the interests of biosecurity (granted as of mid-2013).  In addition, Marine Solutions conducts a large amount of water quality monitoring for Sorell, Kingborough and Huon Valley Councils in relation to their effluent outfalls.

Selected Past Projects:

  • Vessel-based water quality monitoring for the Tasmanian Shellfish Quality Assurance Program (TSQAP), often requiring mobilization at short notice.
  • Ambient water quality monitoring of waste water treatment plant discharges throughout Tasmania
  • Monitoring of water quality in the vicinity of aquaculture facility intake systems.
  • In-situ monitoring of water quality parameters at Bridgewater for a three-month period
  • Ongoing water quality monitoring around coastal and offshore regions to develop ambient water quality guidelines for coastal regions
  • Effluent outfall investigations (TasWater; 2009 – current)
  • Ecological assessment of public boardwalk development, Battery Point, Hobart (SKM/Hobart City Council; 2013)
  • Ecological assessment of port development, Triabunna, Tasmania (Burbury Consulting/Glamorgan Spring Bay Council; 2013)
  • Ecological assessment for marina redevelopment, Bellerive, Tasmania (Clarence City Council; 2012/13)
  • Outfall baseline surveys (Worley Parsons; 2011-12)
  • Baseline marine surveys of sewage treatment plant, Medang, PNG (Marengo Mining/COFFEY; 2009-10)
  • Marine ecological assessment for bridge redevelopment, Bridgewater Bridge (GHD; 2012)
  • Environmental impact assessments for Macquarie Point sewage outfall and Hobart Rivulet, Derwent River, Hobart (Hobart City Council; 2008)
  • Environmental impact assessment of effluent and wastewater disposal, Coffs Harbour, NSW (Coffs Harbour City Council; 2007)

Sediment Sampling

Marine Solutions has conducted numerous projects requiring sediment sampling for a range of parameters. We are familiar with the process and procedures for sampling and assessment of sediments, and the manner for them to be safely sampled and handled as appropriate for the relevant analysis, whether that be contaminant, elutriate, pore-water, TOC, particle size, or other tests as required.  We have the capabilities and equipment to collect sediment samples in the manner that best suits the requirements of a given project, be it by quad corer, grab sampler, hand-collected by divers, or otherwise.

Selected Past Projects:

  • Sediment sampling and characterization of the Granton banks prior to the Tas Irrigation pipeline being laid.
  • Sediment testing, then development and completion of a monitoring plan for the Nyrstar wharf redevelopment, Hobart
  • We have undertaken sediment sampling on specific projects to review and address the issue of marine sediments contaminated by Tri-butyl tin.
  • Geeveston Sewage Treatment Plant Ambient Monitoring Program, Geeveston, Tasmania (TasWater; 2015 – present)
  • Ecological assessment of public boardwalk development, Battery Point, Hobart (SKM/Hobart City Council; 2013)
  • Ecological assessment of port development, Triabunna, Tasmania (Burbury Consulting/Glamorgan Spring Bay Council; 2013)
  • Ecological assessment for marina redevelopment, Bellerive, Tasmania (Clarence City Council; 2012-13)
  • Marine ecological assessment for ‘Basslink’ cable construction (CEE; 2007)
  • Marine ecological assessment for bridge redevelopment, Bridgewater Bridge (GHD; 2012)
  • Environmental impact assessment of aquaculture facility, Spring Bay, Triabunna, Tasmania (Spring Bay Seafoods; 2007)
  • Environmental impact assessments for Macquarie Point sewage outfall and Hobart Rivulet, Derwent River, Hobart (Hobart City Council; 2008)
  • Environmental impact assessment of effluent and wastewater disposal, Coffs Harbour, NSW (Coffs Harbour City Council; 2007)

Research Charters

Marine Solutions has three vessels to cater for a wide variety of project types and working conditions. All vessels are in commercial survey.

We have a purpose built planing hull 6.0m aluminium research vessel “The Second  Solution“, fitted with bathymetric and habitat mapping equipment, and with dive entry and exit fixtures for research divers. In addition, the vessel is fitted with computer logging equipment and towed video with recording capability. Furthermore it has powered lifting davits and sieving attachments for lifting and maneuvering heavy sampling equipment, a tender vessel and two sit-on-top kayaks.

Our outboard powered “The Small Solution” small rigid hull inflatable boat is suitable for near-shore rivers, lakes and sheltered shallow waters.

A recent addition to our fleet is “The Environmental Solution”. This vessel is a 6.0m Hobson trihull with twin 90 horsepower engines. It has powered lifting davits and sieving attachments for lifting and manoeuvring heavy sampling equipment, and is capable of accommodating our vessel-mounted ADCP set-up.  It is equipped with sounder and GPS for bathymetric mapping.  With a dive ladder and a very stable work platform, “The Environmental Solution” is a suitable platform for conducting dive work. It is primarily based in Macquarie Harbour for increased capacity in the west/north west region.

Capacity Building and Facilitation

Marine Solutions has developed and implemented school based programs aimed to increase capacity in the marine sectors by building human capital. One award winning program, ‘Working on the Water from A-Z’, was reviewed and proposed as a national model for student engagement.

Additionally, Marine Solutions has facilitated numerous marine based works including the South East regional marine plan, Indigenous aquaculture forum, Skills summit and recently facilitated the development of the DPIPWE groundwater section strategic plan.

We are actively engaged in project identification and implementation across a range of sectors, and our ongoing commitment to these speculative projects is evidence of our industry support.

Selected Past Projects:

  • Working on the Water from A-Z program, 2009 – present
  • Stakeholder workshop and strategic plan development for the groundwater section of DPIPWE, 2011
  • Developed a 2-day program and ran a residential on leadership development program, 2012. This unit was an integral part of Seafood Training Tasmania’s award-winning Shellfish Diploma course.

Welcome to Marine Solutions

Marine Solutions is a small flexible company offering specifically tailored solutions to complex environmental and social challenges. Marine Solutions offers a broad base of highly skilled contractors to deliver innovative, rigorous and affordable outcomes in each challenge it accepts. We take pride in our ethical approach and commitment to excellence which ensure our clients receive high quality services which are timely and cost effective.

Based in Hobart, Marine Solutions conducts projects throughout southern Australia for a range of client sectors including private enterprise, local and state government, community groups and individuals.

Marine Solutions maintains strong links with research facilities, government agencies and regulatory bodies, thereby maintaining a broad and current knowledge and skill base which is at the forefront of sustainable resource management.