Specialist Marine Consultants Ltd (SMC) have been working with Siemens, providing offshore marine coordination for a fifth Siemens Wind Power construction project.The Butendiek offshore wind farm in the North Sea began construction in early 2014, and is due for completion mid-2015. SMC, based on the UK Yorkshire coast, have been working offshore undertaking marine coordination for the 80 turbine site.
SMC provides specialist services to the offshore renewable and oil & gas sectors including HSE advisory services, marine coordination, client representation and vessel auditing. This is the second time they have worked on a German offshore wind project supplying marine coordination, and marks a milestone for the offshore specialists, with significant new innovations in their Marine Coordination Management System (MCMS).
MCMS tracks personnel, certification and vessels offshore. Vessels using the CVDR daily reporting system can link directly to MCMS, allowing HSE statistics to be gathered in a unique way. Comprehensive statistics relating to the wind farms construction are gathered and collated. This allows analysis of key up-to-date HSE statistics (push-ons, fuel usage, carbon footprint, vessel reliability) which can be securely accessed remotely.
SMC are currently supplying marine coordination services to six major wind farm construction and service projects in the UK and Europe, as well as working on two other wind farm projects supplying client reps. They have HSE advisors located offshore in Brazil, Asia, Canada and the US Gulf.
MD Ian Coates said “MCMS has been developed to work from an offshore base, which gives a strategic advantage to projects stakeholders on shore. Clients can access the latest statistics remotely to give them an immediate picture of critical factors necessary for the smooth running of an offshore project.”
Bent Berg Petersen is the Site Manager at Butendiek for Siemens Wind Power. He said “I had the pleasure of working with SMC on previous projects in the UK, with great success. Together, the way we handle maritime topics, incidents and daily operations is a big help for Siemens. We can rely on the CTV's being utilized in the most efficient way, managed and monitored closely by SMC. SMC take care of a number of ad-hoc tasks which pop up regularly, such as audits, MOB drills, reporting in the case of vessel incidents, fuel monitoring and reporting – all done in a very professional way. These tasks can be very time-consuming for site management, so in using SMC in this way, it allows us to focus on the client and commissioning process.
After my very positive experience in the UK, we are happy to welcome SMC on the Butendiek project”
PICTURE CAPTION: SMC marine coordinator accessing data through MCMS.
About SMCSMC Ltd, based at Hunmanby, North Yorkshire, have been providing specialist marine consultancy since 2006.
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