SMC Secures Marine Coordination on Formosa 2 offshore windfarm

SMC have secured a contract to provide holistic Marine Coordination services to the Formosa 2 offshore windfarm in Taiwan.

The Formosa 2 project represents SMC’s 5th Marine Coordination contract award in Taiwan and the company’s 40th globally.

As with the Formosa 1 (phase 2) project, SMC will work with SeaPlanner and local communications company, Mercury Data Systems, to deliver a comprehensive marine coordination solution, comprising design, communications infrastructure, marine management software and service delivery throughout the duration of the construction phase.

In-line with Formosa 2 and SMC’s commitment to training and developing local talent, SMC will be integrating Taiwanese nationals within the Marine Coordination team. Local personnel will work alongside SMC’s experienced marine professionals, developing key practical and theoretical skillsets and providing a vital point of liaison for local authorities and third parties.

SMC Taiwan Manager, Dean Coates, commented, “Taiwan remains a key area of focus for SMC and we are extremely pleased to be able to build upon our early success and lessons learned in the region. As a company, we are proud of our track record in developing personnel and indeed in training local people. We now have a strong pipeline of work established in Taiwan for the coming years and it’s fantastic that we’ve been able to recruit locally, delivering knowledge and expertise that can hopefully benefit the region and its people for many years”.

Formosa 2 is jointly owned by Macquarie, Swancor and Jera and will consist of 47 Siemens Gamesa 8.0 – 167 turbines, located four kilometres offshore of Miaoli County in the Taiwan Strait. The 367MW project will become one of the largest offshore windfarms in Taiwan once it is commissioned.”

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SMC awarded Triton Knoll contract

  • SMC to supply marine coordination, technician and inspection services during construction

  • Contract can support local jobs and international growth

Up to 35 new jobs could be created in the Grimsby coastal community as Triton Knoll continues to drive investment into the region’s rapidly expanding offshore support sector.

Specialist Marine Consultants Ltd (SMC) is the latest local company to be awarded a contract by the Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm project, which is led by Innogy.

This latest contract will provide much needed experience for new and upcoming talent in the industry and will help SMC grow a workforce for the future – strengthening its expertise and competitiveness in global markets like Japan and Taiwan.

Julian Garnsey, Project Director for Triton Knoll and Innogy, said the contract was great for the project and for the local area: “SMC is a competitive company with ambitions for growth in offshore wind, having transitioned from the oil and gas industry into the renewables sector”.

“We are very pleased to have their expertise onboard at Triton Knoll and to be supporting their growth and all that brings with it – opportunities for jobs and for investment into the north east coastal region”.

 “The commitment of Triton Knoll to engage local, competitive businesses is a direct reflection of our desire to help develop the UK supply chain’s capability and encourage the export of UK offshore wind expertise around the world.”

Triton Knoll is a state-of-the-art 857MW offshore wind farm, consisting of 90 of the world’s most powerful turbines, and representing a significant investment in new UK energy infrastructure.

Offshore construction is due to start in Q1 2020, during which SMC will provide marine coordination services. They will also provide some 30 site technicians to maintain the offshore foundations and assets, which includes the statutory inspections and testing requirements for the assets to remain in service and accessible. In addition to the personnel supply, SMC shall be providing, managing and re-certifying specialist offshore Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), and will also be responsible for Triton Knoll’s inspection requirements for the vessels required to build the wind farm located 20 miles out in the North Sea.

The offshore activity will take place out of Triton Knoll’s new, multi-million-pound base being constructed in Grimsby, and which is already the focal point for recruitment and training both for the project and for SMC.

Captain Ian Coates established SMC in 2006 and it has since grown from a single employee to a business of over 170 people at peak times, with teams now located and leading projects around the world.

He said: “This contract award with Triton Knoll is fantastic; a real milestone for us”.

 “It is an important step in our ambitions for growth, and means we now have the chance to employ more people from the area. Locally, we would hope to create around 35 jobs through the construction period – bringing new people into the sector and hopefully retaining them to work on future projects. We will also be investing in kit from local regional and UK suppliers, as well as using local vessel inspectors”.

“Offshore wind offers some great, long-term opportunities for young people, with the chance of jobs for life and fantastic opportunities for progression. Contracts like this with Triton Knoll mean we can give new people a taste of offshore life and hopefully develop and integrate them into both our own business and the wider sector.”

Located 32km off the Lincolnshire coast, Triton Knoll is the largest offshore wind farm currently in construction by Innogy and once fully operational will be capable generating renewable energy equivalent to the needs of over 800,000 typical UK households. (2)

The project is owned by Innogy (59%), J-Power (25%) and Kansai Electric Power (16%), with Innogy managing the construction as well as the long-term operation and maintenance works, on behalf of its project partners.


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SMC awarded Marine Coordination on Yunlin, Taiwan

SMC have been awarded a contract to provide Marine Coordination services across wpd’s 640MW Yunlin offshore windfarm project in Taiwan.

Yunlin will be built eight kilometres off the Taiwanese west coast and will become Taiwan’s largest commercial offshore windfarm, when commissioned, consisting of 80 Siemens Gamesa 8MW class WTGs.

This award represents SMC’s 4th Marine Coordination contract in Taiwan and their 39th globally. Once again SMC will be working with SeaPlanner’s Marine Management System to ensure the safe and efficient delivery of services throughout the project.

Dean Coates, SMC Operations Director and Taiwan Manager, stated, “Once again we are proud to be at the forefront of delivering Marine Coordination services in Taiwan. Our experience working in the region will be used to great effect as we support Yunlin in delivering a successful project. We are extremely pleased to have our first opportunity to work for wpd and we can’t wait to get started. This project will also provide us with the opportunity to develop local skill sets – something we remain committed to both in Europe and the APAC region”.

The Yunlin project is 73% owned by wpd and 27% owned by a Sojitz Corp-led consortium which includes Chugoku Electric Power Co. Inc., Chudenko Corporation, Shikoku Electric Power Co., Inc., and JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation.


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SMC Senior Marine Consultant confirmed as eCMID Accredited Vessel Inspector

Congratulations to our Senior Marine Advisor, Andrew Corrie, who has today been confirmed as an eCMID Accredited Vessel Inspector (AVI).

Andy becomes only the 21st person in the world authorised to inspect LNGF Vessels as an AVI and is also certified to inspect Jack-Up, DP and General vessel classes.

SMC are able to provide further Vessel Inspection support to customers, in addition to the above, by delivering eCMIDs for Pipe & Cable Laying Vessels and Small Workboats, with Inspectors located globally.



SMC provide Marine Coordination services to SGRE to Formosa 1 offshore windfarm

SMC have been awarded a contract to provide Marine Coordination services to SGRE across what will be Taiwan’s first commercial offshore windfarm, Formosa 1.

The Formosa 1 project will comprise 20 6MW Siemens Gamesa WTGs and will become Taiwan’s first commercial offshore windfarm, with an eventual capacity of 120MW.

This contract award further strengthens the relationship between SMC and SGRE, who have worked together on offshore wind projects across Europe since 2009. Formosa 1 represents the 35th Marine Coordination project SMC have delivered to the Offshore Wind sector and again emphasises the company’s role as a market leading provider of the service.

SMC Operations Director, Dean Coates, commented, “We are extremely pleased to continue our work with SGRE on what is yet another flagship endeavour for both companies. This contract is our 3rd Marine Coordination contract in Taiwan, adding to our experience in providing further services to the region. Taiwan and the wider East Asian market have become a particularly important area of focus for SMC in recent years and we look forward to providing continued and experienced support to this emerging market”.


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