SMC hit 2022 Vessel Inspection century

At the halfway point of 2022, we are pleased to announce that we have successfully delivered over 100 vessel inspections to our clients around the world.

 

At SMC we offer a range of both industry certified and client specified vessel inspection services, and we maintain an employed contingent of accredited vessel inspectors (AVIs) whom we are able to mobilise extremely quickly in support of the needs of our customers.

 

To find out more about our vessel inspection solutions, visit our marine services page via the following link https://smchse.com/services/marine-services-marine-coordination-vessel-inspection-marine-consultancy/

 

For vessel inspection enquiries, contact us via our website: https://smchse.com/contact-us/

 

SMC Score Seagreen Balance of Plant

SMC have been awarded a contract to support Seagreen Wind Energy Limited (SWEL) with holistic balance of plant services to support multiple activities throughout the construction phase of the offshore windfarm’s development.

 

The scope of services to be delivered encompasses a comprehensive multi-scope package of resource, inclusive of a range of inspection, maintenance and repair services.

 

Seagreen Offshore Windfarm is a joint venture owned by SSE Renewables and Total Energies. The windfarm is located in the outer Firth of Forth and Firth of Tay region of the North Sea, approximately 17.5 nautical miles East-southeast of the Port of Montrose, where the project Marine Coordination Centre (MCC) is located for both construction and O&M.

 

Previously, in 2021, SMC were awarded a turnkey Marine Coordination contract in support of construction and commissioning operations across the Seagreen offshore windfarm.

 

To find out more about SMC’s Construction and Maintenance services, visit: https://smchse.com/services/construction-inspection-and-maintenance/

 

More information and updates on the Seagreen Offshore Windfarm can be found at: https://www.seagreenwindenergy.com/

Women In Maritime Day

Last week marked the International Maritime Organization running its inaugural #WomenInMaritimeDay

 

At SMC, we wholeheartedly support this initiative and, in keeping with its 2022 theme of improving the visibility of women within the industry, we are sharing an image of Faye, a Marine Project Manager at SMC who spent the past week visiting our clients and offshore teams currently operating out of France.

 

Faye joined SMC three years ago after successfully graduating university with a degree in modern languages, and has quickly become an integral part of the SMC Marine Department, supporting an array of projects throughout the UK, Europe and Asia.

 

Orsted Case Study: SMC Growth

Orsted represent one of our longest standing clients – we’ve grown with Orsted as they’ve established themselves as the market leading developer, and we’re proud to continue delivering best in class support to their operations globally.

 

As a means of emphasising this ever-flourishing relationship, Orsted have recently released a case study detailing the support of SMC, and the somewhat symbiotic success paths that our two companies have followed over the past decade or so.

 

Check out the link below to see more…

https://orsted.co.uk/insights/our-impact-in-the-humber-region/local-business-growth-case-study

 

Find out more about SMC and who we are below…

https://smchse.com/about-us-marine-coordination-statutory-inspection-balance-of-plant/

SMC Score Dogger Bank Marine Coordination Package

Specialist Marine Consultants (SMC) have been awarded a holistic Marine Coordination services contract to work on all three phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm.

 

SMC will deliver a turnkey Marine Coordination personnel solution in support of construction operations at what will become the world’s largest offshore windfarm when it’s completed in 2026.

 

George Moore, Business Development Director at SMC commented:

 

We have been involved in operations at Dogger Bank Wind Farm since the days of the Forewind consortium. Dogger Bank is a local project for us and has remained a key area of focus for the company over the years. Confirmation of this award represents our 16th active Marine Coordination contract to be undertaken during 2022 and reaffirms our position as the market leader in delivering Marine Coordination services.

 

Over the past couple of years, we have delivered a range of services to the project, and the decision by Dogger Bank Wind Farm to extend our relationship is testament to the level of service we have been able to deliver. We’re keen to keep building on this relationship over the coming months and years, supporting Dogger Bank Wind Farm in delivering a truly world leading project and what will become the UK’s largest single source of offshore renewable energy”.

 

For reference, the Dogger Bank Wind Farm is a joint venture partnership between SSE Renewables (40%), Equinor (40%), and Eni (20%).

 

SSE Renewables is leading on the development and construction of the Dogger Bank Wind Farm, and Equinor will operate the windfarm on completion and during its expected operational life of around 35 years. SMC are currently supporting SSE Renewables with both Marine Coordination and Balance of Plant services during construction of the Seagreen offshore windfarm in Scotland.

 

Dogger Bank Wind Farm shall have a combined capacity of 3.6GW when completed and will be capable of powering 6 million UK homes. Visit https://doggerbank.com/ to find out more about the project, and https://smchse.com/ to learn more about SMC.

 

Dogger Bank Wind Farm facts:

 

The 3.6GW Dogger Bank Wind Farm will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm when completed in 2026.

 

It is being built in three 1.2GW phases: Dogger Bank A, B and C.

 

The project is a joint venture between SSE Renewables (40%), Equinor (40%) and Eni (20%).

 

SSE Renewables is lead operator for the development and construction of Dogger Bank Wind Farm. Equinor will be lead operator of the wind farm on completion for its expected operational life of around 35 years.

 

Financial Close on Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B was reached in November 2020, with Financial Close for Dogger Bank C reached in December 2021. Taken in aggregate, reaching Financial Close on all three phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm is the largest offshore wind project financing to date globally.

 

Consent for Dogger Bank Wind Farm was granted in 2015.

 

Each of the three phases of Dogger Bank Wind Farm secured 15-year CfD contracts for 1.2GW of low carbon power for of low carbon power production in the UK’s third CfD Allocation Round, announced September 2019.

 

In May 2021, Dogger Bank Wind Farm took another major step forward after passing a required delivery milestone under the UK’s Contracts for Difference scheme for low carbon power.

 

Dogger Bank Wind Farm is located in the North Sea, with each phase more than 130km from the Yorkshire Coast.

 

Onshore construction began in 2020 and is currently underway for Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B, with offshore construction on Dogger Bank A due to begin in Q2 2022. First power is expected in Summer 2023 and Summer 2024 for Dogger Bank A and B, respectively, with commercial operations to follow around 6 months later.

 

Onshore cable installation civils works for Dogger Bank C will start in Q1 2022, with construction of the onshore convertor station to commence in Q2 2022. Offshore export cable installation will commence in Q1 2024 with offshore platform installation to commence in Q2, 2024. Foundation installation will commence in Q3, 2024 while turbine installation will commence in Q2, 2025.

First power is anticipated in Q3, 2025 and full power in Q1, 2026.

 

More than 3000 new UK jobs have been announced so far that will be supported by the construction and operation of Dogger Bank Wind Farm.

 

These include up to 750 direct and around 1,500 indirect jobs associated with the set-up of a new world-class blade manufacturing facility on Teesside by LM Wind Power, a GE Renewable Energy business, with production due to start in 2023.

 

470 jobs are expected to be recruited by GE Renewable Energy across the north east of England in support of the delivery and operation of all three phases of the project. These will be made up of around 300 skilled roles for turbine installation and commissioning activities and 170 servicing roles at Port of Tyne under GE’s five-year Service and Warranty Agreements for Dogger Bank phases A, B and C once operational.

 

At least a further 30 roles will be hired by Equinor as operator of the wind farm, based at the Port of Tyne or offshore.

 

170 new full-time UK-based jobs will be created by North Star Renewables in crewing and shore-based roles for the operation of the service fleet for Dogger Bank Wind Farm.

 

Up to 100 peak construction jobs will be created by Jones Bros. Civil Engineering, one of the UK’s leading civil engineering contractors, on the installation of onshore cable infrastructure for Dogger Bank A and B.

 

Dogger Bank A and B has confirmed GE’s Haliade-X 13MW as the turbine powering the first two phases of the project. As the first order for the Haliade-X 13MW, installation at Dogger Bank A will be the first time the turbine is installed in the world.

 

Installation of GE’s upscaled Haliade-X 14MW turbine at Dogger Bank C will be the first time the 14MW turbine is installed in the world.

 

One rotation of the Haliade-X turbine blades can power one UK home for more than two days.

 

The wind turbines will be installed on monopile foundations.

 

Dogger Bank will be the first High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) connected wind farm in the UK due to its distance from shore, introducing new transmission systems to the UK and paving the way for other large offshore wind farms.

 

For more information about Dogger Bank Wind Farm visit www.doggerbank.com

SGRE Awards SMC 3rd Party Offshore Resource Contract

SMC have been awarded a contract to support Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) with 3rd Party Offshore Resource provision throughout their UK project portfolio.

 

SMC have supported SGRE (formerly Siemens Wind Power) operations since 2009, delivering solutions throughout the UK, EU and Asia to date, primarily in support of offshore commissioning works, however this latest award sees SMC and SGRE strengthen ties across their respective service divisions.

 

George Moore, Business Development Director at SMC commented, “we are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to build upon what is already a strong and productive relationship. Over the course of recent years, we have made significant strides within the offshore O&M market and the award of this contract further validates our position as a leading O&M service provider. We look forward to working with Siemens Gamesa in establishing a robust team of professionals whom they can call upon to deliver a truly ‘best in class’ service for the years to come”.

 

Initially, SMC will be deploying personnel to the London Array and East Anglia One offshore windfarms, both sites in which we have a strong track record through provision of Offshore Resource, QHSE, Balance of Plant, and Marine Coordination solutions.

 

To learn more about SMC Recruitment Services, see https://smchse.com/services/recruitment-services/

 

Visit https://www.siemensgamesa.com/en-int to learn more about SGRE operations.

Orsted UK Statutory Inspection, Service and Maintenance

SMC have been awarded a multi-year framework agreement to support Orsted with Statutory Inspection, Service and Maintenance works across their UK collection of offshore windfarms.

 

This is the second successive framework awarded to SMC for these works in the UK and, following on from the award of a similar contract within in the EU issued to SMC in 2021, highlights the strength of service we have been able to deliver to Orsted throughout what is a growing portfolio of offshore wind projects.

 

Dean Coates, Operations Director at SMC commented, “we are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue supporting Orsted with these essential services. We have placed significant emphasis on driving forward a solution based on the highest standards of quality and safety, and the collaborative nature of our relationship with Orsted has allowed us to build a truly best in class statutory inspection division. Moving into 2022 and beyond, we’re really excited by the opportunity to further develop our people, service offering, and working relationship with Orsted, in keeping with our commitments to maintain our position as the ‘gold standard’ for offshore inspection and maintenance services”.

 

Visit https://smchse.com/services/construction-inspection-and-maintenance/ to find out more about our inspection and maintenance services.

 

Visit https://orsted.co.uk/ to learn more about Orsted.

SMC Surpass 200 Vessel Inspections for 2021

SMC have completed over 200 Vessel Inspections to date throughout the course of 2021 (Jan-Nov).

This milestone has been reached with SMC supporting over 20 clients across 11 countries, including Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and Malaysia.

 

To find out more about our vessel inspection services, visit https://smchse.com/services/marine-services-marine-coordination-vessel-inspection-marine-consultancy/

DIT Consultancy

SMC have been awarded a contract to support the UK government with Marine Consultancy services. The main focus of the consultancy shall relate to the offshore wind sector, with the specific aim of identifying and driving opportunity for UK shipbuilding and innovation within the sector.  

 

An overview of our consultancy services can be found via our Marine Services page https://smchse.com/services/marine-services-marine-coordination-vessel-inspection-marine-consultancy/

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