Fairweather, LLC

Providing Premier Support Services for the Natural Resource Industry


Environmental Science and Research

Fairweather Science Research Vessel

Fairweather Science, LLC, a subsidiary of Fairweather, was incorporated in 2010 to develop specialized scientific support services to oil and gas operators in the Arctic. Since the company's inception, Fairweather Science has lent its expertise to numerous marine mammal research and monitoring efforts. Accomplishments include assisting in the preparation of all marine mammal permitting documents relating to marine mammals and acoustics and the management of marine mammal permitting, monitoring and reporting for the Apache Alaska Corporation seismic program in Cook Inlet. The company's expertise extends to all levels of permitting compliance, document preparation and reporting, including the preparation of incidental take applications in accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and Endangered Species Act (ESA) and assistance in meeting standards set by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other appropriate federal, state and local regulations. Fairweather Science also provides expertise in baseline environmental sampling, discharge monitoring and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit compliance under the requirements of the Clean Water Act (CWA). The scientists on staff are well versed in writing sampling and analysis plans, environmental monitoring plans and various field and data reports. Fairweather Science has cultivated a strong relationship with Alaska native subsistence groups, working closely with its members to uphold the interests of subsistence whaling by native hunters.

Fairweather Science operates Olgoonik/Fairweather, LLC, a joint venture with Olgoonik Corporation, the Alaska Native Corporation for the Village of Wainwright. Olgoonik/Fairweather operates several scientific research vessels in the Arctic and is able to offer customers a significant savings through cost sharing. The company conducts customized offshore research programs for a number of oil and gas operators, including ConocoPhillips, Shell and Statoil, and provides a wide range of support services, including logistics and permitting, safety supervision and subcontractor management. Olgoonik/Fairweather also provides scientific research and logistics support services to a number of government agencies and universities operating in the Arctic, including the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the State of Alaska, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the University of Washington (through CH2M HILL Polar Services), the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the North Slope Borough, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). Olgoonik/Fairweather has established strong relationships with logistic support providers throughout Alaska and is extremely adept at moving personnel, equipment and samples to and from extremely remote locations. The company has earned a reputation for safety, quality, accuracy and environmental awareness among communities all along the Arctic coast. Since its inception, Olgoonik/Fairweather has operated up to five research vessels for multiple clients with each vessel achieving over 70,000 man-exposure hours each season and no recordable incidents to humans, mammals or the environment.