As part of the ongoing development of the SeaPlanner system, SeaRoc are proud to announce the release of the new Induction Manager 

Reduce administration. Save time and money

28 March 2014

  

The Induction Module (part of the SeaPlanner suite) is an online tool which allows you to collect personal details, training certificates and fully induct new members of your team at the click of a button; saving you time and money.

The SeaPlanner Induction Module is fully configurable to your company's requirements and has been designed to ensure maximum ease of use. Please call us to see how SeaPlanner can save you time on 01243 816606.

  

SeaRoc scoop prize in industry Health & Safety Awards for minimal human intervention offshore mast installation

30 January 2014

International marine engineering company, SeaRoc, have scooped 2nd place award in the 2014 renewableUK and The Crown Estate Health & Safety Awards for their innovation and delivery of a ‘minimal human intervention’ lattice tower installation methodology, recently deployed at Dogger Bank, alongside Forewind and Universal Foundation.

Forewind, SeaRoc and Universal Foundation Norway were joint runner-up for their use of the new technique which Renewable UK said: "showed the importance of effective safety communications and included invaluable information to enable wider industry learning for all companies operating in the wind, wave & tidal energy supply chain."

SeaRoc, working on behalf of contracting company Fred. Olsen United (FOU, now Universal Foundations Norway, UFN) designed and implemented the concept of removing riggers who previously had to be near the lattice towers sections during installation, and introduced guide cones which eliminated the hazard of a moving or falling load. The use of guide cones enables the crew to stay on deck away from the lifting activity until the tower section has safely landed and stabilised.

The cones were designed and developed by SeaRoc with input from Forewind, FOU and the other Fred. Olsen related companies working on the project, as part of the CDM process during design of the met masts. The “minimal human intervention” installation employs strong plastic guide cones that are strapped to the tower flanges before the lifting activity. SeaRoc, the contractor for the project’s topsides, drew the detailed design and provided the final solution for the 93 metre high tower.

Forewind's Lee Clarke said: "[The technique] represents a fine example of industry collaboration and innovation which is particularly relevant for the industry in the UK to maintain its world-leading position."

The winner was Centrica Energy for their project entitled “Generation Safe - A new approach to safety”.

Steve Pears, Managing Director of SeaRoc welcomed the award noting: “SeaRoc are very proud to receive this award, alongside Forewind and Universal Foundation. It is a testament to our experienced team’s commitment to progressing standards of Health & Safety offshore. In 2014, our efforts in QHSE will continue to be driven forward forming the heart of each and every project being delivered by SeaRoc for our clients.”

For more information on SeaRoc visit www.searoc.com

Contact details:

For SeaRoc, please contact Alex Woodward: alex.woodward@fredolsen.co.uk

  

RenewableUK recognise SeaRoc’s commitment to safety in industry Health & Safety Awards

24 January 2013

International marine engineering company, SeaRoc, have been shortlisted for the 2014 renewableUK Health & Safety Awards for their innovation and delivery of a ‘minimal human intervention’ lattice tower installation methodology, recently deployed at Dogger Bank.

Voting is open now: http://www.renewableuk.com/en/our-work/health-and-safety/health-and-safety-award.cfm

SeaRoc, working on behalf of contracting company Fred. Olsen United (FOU) designed and implemented the concept of removing riggers who previously had to be near the lattice towers sections during installation, and introduced guide cones which eliminated the hazard of a moving or falling load. The use of guide cones enables the crew to stay on deck away from the lifting activity until the tower section has safely landed and stabilised.

The cones were designed and developed by SeaRoc with input from Forewind, FOU and the other Fred. Olsen related companies working on the project, as part of the CDM process during design of the met masts. The “minimal human intervention” installation employs strong plastic guide cones that are strapped to the tower flanges before the lifting activity. SeaRoc, the contractor for the project’s topsides, drew the detailed design and provided the final solution for the 93 metre high tower.

The Forewind project has been supported by the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator programme, which takes the best concepts for offshore wind turbine foundations from design to deployment, and The Crown Estate through its co-investment in the development of the zone.

Head of Offshore Wind at The Crown Estate, Huub den Rooijen said that the installation of the first met mast on the Dogger Bank is a tremendous step forward for the UK offshore wind industry: “Not only do we now have a structure that can measure wind speeds within our largest offshore wind zone; Forewind and its contractors have also successfully demonstrated a range of new innovations, from suction bucket foundations to new and innovative lifting techniques, that have the potential to reduce costs and improve health and safety performance as our industry develops.”

Contact details:

For SeaRoc, please contact Alex Woodward: alex.woodward@fredolsen.co.uk

   

  

SeaRoc achieves OHSAS 18001 certification

December 2013

Marine engineering consultancy SeaRoc is pleased to announce that it has achieved certification to OHSAS 18001: the internationally recognised standard for occupational health and safety management systems.

The award reinforces SeaRoc’s already-strong commitment to improving health and safety performance and managing risks across its broad range of activities.

SeaRoc operates an Integrated Management System for quality, health, safety and environmental management (QHSE). This health and safety achievement complements SeaRoc’s existing certification to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 for quality and environment respectively, providing truly integrated QHSE management.

The accreditation supports SeaRoc’s “right first time” key efficiency and delivery target. The company’s stated aim is the delivery of high standards of products and services to customers in an efficient, effective and environmentally sustainable manner while protecting the health, safety and welfare of personnel. 

The certification was carried out by the independent classification society Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and covers SeaRoc’s full scope of work, including QHSE, Marine, Engineering and Project Management expertise; GIS, data and marine management tools and services; and construction project management (EPCI) for the offshore renewable energy sector.

David Wotherspoon, SeaRoc’s Deputy Managing Director, said: “We’re proud to have achieved this suite of certifications. Our team continuously works hard to ensure that we deliver the best services to our clients, and this is an excellent recognition of the high standards that we implement and maintain. Our clients can be confident that SeaRoc’s QHSE management practices are in line with the highest international standards.”

Contact details:

For SeaRoc, please contact Alex Woodward: alex.woodward@fredolsen.co.uk 

SeaRoc’s marine management tool SeaPlanner now utilised on nearly 4000MW of offshore wind projects across Europe - new contracts and growth in team announced

May 2013

International marine engineering company SeaRoc have today announced updated contract figures for their marine monitoring and management system SeaPlanner - the web-based software designed specifically for the offshore industry by a team of leading software designers and marine construction professionals. The SeaPlanner system is a suite of modules that enable clients to efficiently control spatial information such as vessel and personnel locations, infrastructure and assets and site specific metocean data, together with personnel certifications, resourcing plans, documentation and HSE risk/incident logs. The system provides a clear audit trail of all information on site from Day One.

SeaPlanner is now confirmed as the key platform for marine management, having been used on 3932MW of project capacity across nearly 900 wind turbines.

SeaPlanner is now the leading provider of real-time marine management across Europe, and in its home UK market has been used on 48% of all offshore wind projects – including consented, under construction and in operation. Whilst most projects remain confidential, those in the public domain include:

• Teesside Offshore Wind Farm

• Dan Tysk Offshore Wind Farm

• West of Duddon Sands Offshore Wind Farm

• Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm

• Thornton Bank Offshore Wind Farm

Since SeaPlanner’s adoption as the industry standard tool, its team has grown considerably. In addition to General Manager Dominic Stratton and new Technical Manager Roy Dempster, a dedicated 11-strong team supports SeaPlanner contracts, with additional supporting members working across both SeaRoc and SeaPlanner.

Commenting on the team’s growth and new contract signings, Dominic Stratton said: “SeaPlanner was first developed in 2007 and in just over five years the system has become industry leading – that is something we are all very proud of. SeaPlanner enables safer, more efficient working on site by multiple teams trying to share critical information. We offer the only solution that pulls together all the pieces of the jigsaw allowing our clients to see the complete offshore picture, and even the onshore elements of that picture too! In 2012 we signed nine new sites, and halfway through 2013 we have already signed an additional five. We have a team to deliver and a system that is as capable as it is stable. That winning combination seems to be ticking all of the right boxes with the market.”

For more information on SeaRoc visit www.searoc.com

Contact details:

For SeaRoc, please contact Alex Woodward: alex.woodward@fredolsen.co.uk

SeaRoc and McLaughlin & Harvey announce their partnership to support tidal and wave energy construction, installation and O&M projects

10th May 2013

International marine engineering companies SeaRoc and McLaughlin & Harvey have today announced a partnership to provide construction, installation and operation & maintenance services to tidal and wave energy developments.

The companies have highly complementary competencies and capabilities and over the past 8 years they have each gained significant experience of designing and building tidal and wave energy projects. Working together, the two companies will use their combined experience to deliver an enhanced suite of services. They will provide the specialist solutions needed to meet the many and varied project demands which this rapidly maturing industry requires.

Following its acquisition by Fred. Olsen Ltd. in 2010, SeaRoc has, in less than a decade, expanded its offering to include an all-encompassing offshore contracting capability, while still providing industry-focussed consultancy services. The team harbours a wealth of experience in offshore and marine construction activities from across the sector; including renewable energy, oil and gas, dredging, cable and pipe lay operations. This comprehensive industry knowledge brings the skills and capabilities needed for SeaRoc to deliver the construction projects with which the company now engages. SeaRoc has had, and continues to provide, a technical input into over 90% of UK offshore wind farm construction projects, as well as many of the leading tidal and wave energy developments to date.

Building on its unrivalled track record of installing foundations for tidal energy devices, McLaughlin & Harvey is currently completing the first phase of a project to develop a commercially viable and cost effective foundation installation technique for tidal and wave energy convertors. The system has the potential to revolutionise the industry. Based on proven technologies it is suitable for most marine energy convertors and can be installed in a variety of geotechnical and bathymetric seabed conditions. McLaughlin & Harvey are investigating options to take this R&D project to the next phase so that, as the sector reaches commercial scale, they can provide a fully tooled and proven solution to overcome the installation challenges facing the tidal and wave energy industries. SeaRoc’s contribution also provides significant advantages to this McLaughlin and Harvey’s project through its experience of vessel operations.

The collaboration between McLaughlin & Harvey and SeaRoc establishes an unrivalled combined portfolio of successful marine renewable energy installations and deployments, coupled with over a century of civil, marine and offshore engineering. This makes the partnership one of the most experienced in the industry to date.

Adam Holland, Marine Renewables Manager for McLaughlin & Harvey, noted: “The execution of this Collaboration Agreement shows our continued commitment to developing practicable and cost effective projects using innovative new technologies, with the aim of bringing the tidal and wave energy industry in achieving commercial reality. We believe that SeaRoc’s excellent track record in a diverse range of offshore installations together with the added value of its consultancy wing, has the potential to even augment our rapidly growing capabilities, providing us with the capacity to deliver larger and more technically challenging projects, now and in the future.”

Eric Briar, Managing Director of SeaRoc, welcomed the partnership, commenting: “This collaboration offers huge potential for delivering construction and O&M projects to the renewables industry. With McLaughlin & Harvey’s long history of civil and marine engineering, and through their experience of successfully deployed tidal energy installations since 2006, they have consistently shown innovation in their chosen deployment methodologies. With SeaRoc’s decade of offshore renewable energy project support and track record of marine energy installations, using our capabilities in vessel management and offshore operations, we can combine with McLaughlin & Harvey’s novel approaches to provide a very significant offering to the industry. We see an immediate opportunity to join forces on the installation of tidal and wave projects, where developers are facing real challenges that we can help them to overcome. Building on the success of our contracting arm for the offshore wind industry, we can apply some very real and extensive project experience to issues facing this rapidly maturing market.”

For more information on SeaRoc visit www.searoc.com

For more information on McLaughlin & Harvey visit www.mclh.co.uk

Contact details:

For SeaRoc, please contact Alex Woodward: alex.woodward@fredolsen.co.uk

For McLaughlin & Harvey, please contact Adam Holland: adam.holland@mclh.co.uk

   

SeaRoc appointed Principal Contractor on EDF Energy Renewable’s Teesside Offshore Wind Farm – First Turbine Installed

January 2013

International marine engineering company SeaRoc has been appointed Principal Contractor to oversee the completion of the offshore wind farm construction at Teesside 

Offshore Wind Farm on behalf of EDF Energy Renewables. The project has now also reached an important milestone with the installation of the project’s first turbine.

On 1st January 2013, SeaRoc was appointed by EDF Energy Renewables as Principal Contractor to undertake the remaining planning, management and co-ordination of work on the project, involving the installation of the 27 WTGs and towers, TP energisation & cable terminations, marine coordination utilising in-house management tool - SeaPlanner, scour protection and array commissioning.

Project Director Toby Mead commented: “In 2012 SeaRoc delivered a raft of installation projects across both Offshore Wind and Tidal sectors; to kick off 2013 with this key project puts a very definite marker in the sand for the future of the company”. The SeaRoc team will be assisted by staff from sister company, Natural Power, for the site management works.

SeaRoc, on behalf of EDF Energy Renewables, and working closely with sister company Natural Power, has now completed the installation of the tower, nacelle and rotor blades of the first of the 27, 2.3MW wind turbine generators to be erected on the 62MW scheme. 

Commissioning tests on the new installation will be carried out ahead of electricity generation beginning in the forthcoming weeks. Installation of the turbines is being undertaken with the MPI Adventure, a six leg jack up vessel, owned by the Stokesley-based MPI Offshore.

The wind farm, located 1.5km off the North East coast at Redcar, is the first UK offshore development undertaken by EDF Energy Renewables. 

Work on the installation of the remaining wind turbine generators continues and, allowing for periods where the weather conditions will prevent construction works taking place, it is expected that the erection of all wind turbine generators will be completed in Spring 2013.

Christian Egal, Chief Executive of EDF Energy Renewables, said: “The installation of the first offshore turbine on our first offshore scheme is a landmark event for the company, supporting the expansion of our onshore wind farm capacity over recent years.”

EDF Energy Renewables already has 21 operational onshore wind farms contributing 300MW of low carbon electricity in the UK. Including the Teesside scheme, a further 224MW of additional capacity is currently under construction.  

  

SeaRoc strengthens its support to offshore renewable energy developments through new Dundee office

November 2012

International marine engineering company SeaRoc has announced the opening of a further office in Scotland to support’s the country’s growing offshore wind farm and marine renewables industries. Located in Dundee, the new office opened on November 12th and houses a number of marine engineering experts, including David Wotherspoon who joins SeaRoc as Development Director.

The new office is located in the exciting DundeeOne development, providing high specification and energy efficient accommodation for the new team. For Searoc, this location, on the banks of the Tay Estuary and immediately adjacent to the Port of Dundee, provides an ideal location from which to serve it’s growing offshore renewables client base within Scotland, as well as supporting developments in the rest of the UK and internationally.

SeaRoc Development Director David Wotherspoon commented: “We are very keen to be sited closer to a number of key Clients developing projects offshore. We have the space to bring 12 new highly skilled jobs to the area and, having already recruited engineering and marine operations staff, we have no doubt the team will continue to grow further through 2013 and beyond. This new location for SeaRoc perfectly complements our Head Office in Chichester and recently opened Orkney office in developing our local presence with clients across the UK, and we will continue to look for opportunities to strengthen these relationships.”

Dundee represents the company’s 3rd office, with Head Quarters in Chichester operating globally, and 2nd office in Orkney supporting the emerging wave and tidal market.

For more information visit www.searoc.com

SeaRoc expands in to new head office in Chichester, UK

November 2012

International marine engineering company SeaRoc have announced the location of the company’s global headquarters as Chichester, South East England, and with it, revealed plans to increase the organisations work force to 75 staff in 2013.

Chichester, some 30 miles from former Brighton base for SeaRoc, has provided a substantial new property for the company spanning three floors and some 6000 sq. feet of multi-purpose office space.

SeaRoc Managing Director Eric Briar commented: “For some time we have been looking for a new base to grow SeaRoc from over the coming years. Chichester is a strong winner with excellent transportation links to London and beyond and within good proximity of some relevant South Coast ports. Following the successful installation of the Narec anemometry hub last week we anticipate significant expansion of our OceanPod team to continue delivering offshore meteorological masts as the lead contractor. Combining this with a steady growth in all areas of the business, is leading us towards a very exciting 2013.”

For more information visit www.searoc.com