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FOCUS ON CORNWALL


In September 2016, Cornwall & Devon- based specialist vessel operator, Marine and Towage Services Group Ltd. (MTS) was contracted to provide survey vessel support for cable installation works conducted at the pioneering Wave Hub test site, a short trip around the Cornish coast from Falmouth.


ENGAGING THE LOCAL SUPPLY CHAIN MTS WAS EMPLOYED


BENEFITS


The charter demonstrated the advantages of local collaboration and the strength of the maritime supply chain in the South West.


COLLABORATION


As part of a sub-contract with the principal contractor James Fisher Marine Services, MTS was employed by Cornwall-based Insight Marine Projects Ltd to provide a survey vessel – MTS Xplorer – to undertake a high-resolution multibeam survey of new cables being installed at the Wave Hub site. Through this collaboration, the firms


were able to ensure that purpose-built transmission infrastructure was installed correctly and on schedule, to support Wave Hub’s role as an effective test bed for offshore renewable energy devices.


With a proportion of the MTS fleet based in the South West, James Fisher and the project team were able to benefit not only from the efficiencies created by a local vessel deployment, but also from the firm’s extensive experience supporting marine survey and construction operations for the offshore energy sector.


For MTS, a marine services provider with a fleet of specialist vessels that conduct international towage, civil engineering support, crew transfer and shipping agency operations worldwide, this survey project was the latest in a series of local vessel charters, dating back as far as 2010, in support of prototype wave and tidal developments in the West Country. It also built on a track record and skills gained over more than a decade supporting UK and European offshore wind development.


EXPERIENCE GAINED AND PROVIDED


“The experience gathered in cable installation and deployment in the wider offshore energy market


BY CORNWALL-BASED INSIGHT MARINE PROJECTS LTD TO PROVIDE A SURVEY VESSEL


– particularly offshore wind - is still highly relevant as we install pioneering new devices off our coastlines,” said Steve Bendell, Commercial Manager, MTS. “We knew that in order to best support James Fisher’s installation work that a reliable surveying platform would be needed. In deploying MTS Xplorer to the project from our Falmouth facilities, we were able to provide a vessel and crew with many hours of surveying experience. “We welcome further planned device deployments at Wave Hub utilising the natural resources of the waters around the South West coastline – and benefitting from substantial local maritime expertise.”


Marine and Towage Services Group Ltd


www.wavetidalenergynetwork.co.uk PAGE 31


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