Specialist Marine Consultants Ltd

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SMC adds Experience to the Team with their new Sales Operations Manager.

Gary Horner has recently joined Specialist Marine Consultants Ltd (SMC), as the Sales Operations Manager. Gary brings a wealth of knowledge and over 20 years’ Operational and Project Management experience within the Petrochemical and Renewables Industries, along with an extensive track record in supporting large multi-discipline project across the UK and Europe, onshore and offshore.

Gary will work alongside SMC’s Business Development Manager, George Moore assisting with the growth of SMC and increasing the company’s presence in the Renewables and Oil and Gas Sectors.

When speaking to Gary about joining SMC, he said “Over the past 6 ½ years I have very much enjoyed successfully providing thirty-nine Offshore Wind Farms with Installation and Service support solutions. Specialist Marine Consultants Ltd has an enviable reputation for providing services and solutions of the highest standard to the energy sector and I am very much looking forward to utilising my experience as part of the team”

SMC welcomed Taiwan Power Company (TPC)
SMC welcomed delegates from the Taiwan Power Company (TPC) to their head office in Hunmanby, UK, last week.
The three delegates, who are spending time visiting sites across the UK in order to gather valuable insights into the offshore wind industry, held detailed discussions with SMC directors and senior management as TPC look to accelerate their activities in the Taiwanese offshore wind market.
Taiwan Power Company currently possess a 100% stake in the consented Changhua pilot project, located off the coast of Changhua County, Taiwan, and hold further interest in proposed projects throughout the region.
The Taiwanese government plan to produce 4GW of electricity through offshore wind by the year 2030 and SMC Managing Director, Ian Coates, had this to say on welcoming the TPC delegation, “The Taiwanese market is an area of great interest for SMC. As we look to expand our portfolio of work, we are open to engaging with emerging markets and the companies active within them. TPC and their commitment to renewable energy and high standards of HSE and quality are extremely encouraging. We will continue to maintain a dialogue with TCP and thank them for taking the time to visit us here in the UK”.

SMCs work on Veja Mate nears a close
SMC has provided maritime service personnel throughout the construction phase on the Veja Mate Offshore Project. Starting with Marine Coordinators in 2015 and expanding over the next year to Offshore Technicians, Offshore Construction Managers and Client Representatives across the project. SMC’s Technicians will finish work on the Project this month and the Marine Coordinators are expected to finish later in the year.
Veja Mate is the world’s furthest offshore wind farm, located 95km NW from Borkum Island in the German Exclusive Economic Zone, consisting of 67 Siemens SWT-6.0-154 turbines. When the wind farm is fully operational it will provide enough electricity annually for 400,000 homes in Germany.
The Project was commissioned four months earlier than expected, taking less than 14 months from the start of construction.
Veja Mate’s Installation Project Manager, Nick Ingham said “We are most pleased with SMC’s contribution to the successful execution of Veja Mate, their installation and commissioning works were carried out with high efficiency and a strong focus on safety. We can only give the highest possible recommendation for the selection of SMC for roles that are within their wide range of services.”
Steve Evans, Operations Manager at SMC added, “Veja Mate’s strong procedural practices allowed us to honour our commitment to working to the highest quality and safety standards throughout the course of the Project. We are delighted to have been a part of such a ground-breaking Project and to add yet more significant experience to our existing portfolio of work”.

SMC Reaches New Milestone

Specialist Marine Consultants Ltd was established in 2006 by Captain Ian Coates. In its early days, the company’s sole remit was the provision of Vessel Inspections to the Oil and Gas sector. Over the last eleven years the business has grown rapidly and now provides a vast range of specialist services and personnel across the Oil & Gas, Offshore Wind and Utilities sectors.
In June 2017 the company reached a significant milestone and now contracts over one hundred people. The strong and stable growth of the company is testament to SMC’s relentless commitment to high standards throughout.
SMC are global leaders in offshore solutions, providing project services and personnel worldwide throughout the energy sector. The company has delivered 1704 Vessel inspections and completed over 1 Million Safe Transfers since 2006, with this rising daily.
Managing Director, Captain Ian Coates said “The business started eleven years ago with one person and has now grown in scale to employ over one hundred members of staff. This is a tribute to the hard work, professionalism, high standards and a dominant safety culture that SMC has built its foundations on since day one. Thank you to all personnel past and present, who have, and continue to work to the highest safety standards. We must also thank our large client base for their continued support and up take of SMC’s specialist services”.