Northern Marine Services (Scotland) Ltd Marine Lifting and Inspection

Case Studies

A small sample of work that we’ve completed for clients which include marine, lifting and abnormal load services.

West Coast Inspections

NMS were on the West Coast recently for a new client undertaking annual loler / puwer inspections on excavators and timber harvesting equipment.
Contact NMS at anytime on or phone 01955 605440 to discuss your inspection requirements.

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Transformer Moves

Northern Marine Services (Scotland) Ltd were contracted by Allelys Heavy Haulage to provide a Cargo Surveyor and a Crane Superviser to assist with the move of four 270t transformers from Scrabster Harbour to Spittal substation, south of Thurso. There were also four 270t transformers that came in to Buckie Harbour and were taken to Blackhillock substation near Keith. The transformers were offloaded from chartered vessels before being taken to site. The trip from Buckie to Blackhillock was only 15 miles but took over 6 hours. Once at site they were jacked and skidded into position.

NMS have many years of Cargo Surveying experience gained worldwide and were able to provide a Cargo Surveyor to check and monitor the operations and the state of the transformers throughout the discharge operation and the transport to site and report back to the client. We also have CPCS Appointed Persons, Crane Supervisers and Slinger/Signallers so we were able to provide Allelys with competent, qualified and experienced personnel to help

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Marine Operations and coordination project

Northern Marine Services (Scotland) Ltd were engaged by a subsea service provider who had a cable lay operation for windfarms in the German Bight. Two 13km export cables were to be loaded in Germany and then laid between 2 offshore substations. These operations required crossing different zones, each under the operation and control of different parties and therefore the marine permitting was complex. A high degree of co-ordination was required to ensure that all permissions and permits were complied with.

NMS were asked to produce the Marine Coordination Permitting Plan and to ensure that permits to work and permission to enter the fields were in place and done on time. This required 24 hour operations so as to be in close contact with all the vessels on the project as well as coordinating with the windfarms involved to make sure that permitting was always in place and that operations could always be carried out. We were also in place to assist with the mobilisation and demobilisation of the vessels, to coordinate the fendering of the cable lay vessel and to brief the vessels on the permitting work.

We were in attendance in the UK, Germany, Norway and the Netherlands to support the project and to ensure that all vessel operations could go ahead with no disruption to the project. All permits were in place at the appropriate time which led to the successful completion of the project.

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Linkspan recovery

NMS were contracted to provide a safe and efficient solution to recover an estimated 150t linkspan ramp that had suffered hydraulic failure and collapsed on one side. The location meant that there were significant restrictions placed on NMS with regard to ground loadings and also what type of machines could be used.

NMS utilised a strand jack solution using known strong points to take the ramp weight so as not to exceed any of the weight limits placed by the engineers with regard to equipment that could be used.

By utilising the strand jacks the linkspan was recovered and secured safely, within schedule and budget while not overstressing any of the surrounding quayside.

NMS are able to provide bespoke solutions to your project needs often resulting in quicker, safer and more cost efficient solutions than those traditionally offered.

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Cargo Surveying

Northern Marine Services (Scotland) Ltd have been providing cargo surveying services for various clients across the Renewables, Oil and Gas and Utilities markets since our founding in 2017. In that time we have over seen the movement of multiple cargoes in RoRo, LoLo and LoRo configurations. With our back ground in general cargo and offshore operations we can offer our clients a proven track record in execution and supervision of project cargo for both road and sea movements.

A brief summary of cargoes we have overseen the transportation of,from fabrication hall to vessel and from vessel to installed position are as follows.

Umbilical reels up to 350t, subsea manifolds up to 500t, Transformers up to 300t, windfarm blades and nacelles.

NMS provide professional solutions to your project needs resulting in safer and more cost efficient solutions than those traditionally offered.

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"I’ve worked with NMS for a fair few years now, and I cannot speak highly enough of the team. They are friendly, helpful and professional at all times, with no job being too big or too small. I get a lot of weird and wonderful requests in the shipping world, and NMS’s experience and extensive background in the industry has helped me on countless occasions."

James McKenzie - Ships Agency Team Leader from GAC Services (UK) Ltd (21/01/2021)

"In a business where we are literally asked for anything and everything you can think of no matter how obscure, We make Alasdair and the team at NMS one of first port of calls. This is down to their tenacity to get what we require when we require. “Team NMS” aren’t just a trusted supplier, they’re an extra member of our team and more importantly looked upon as friends. "

Barry Mitchell - Managing Director at 3Point Procurement Limited (27/01/2021)

"NMS’ highly professional and thorough monitoring of operations, expert advice on lifting practices and timely reporting were an invaluable addition to MOWEL’s efforts as responsible client to ensure that the principal contractor and its subcontractor’s activities were conducted safely and in full compliance with UK health and safety legislation and good industry practice. I recommend NMS for any such surveillance of heavy lifting and marine activities and thank the team for their continued contribution towards the safe construction on the Moray East windfarm."

Martin Shaw - T&I Manager at Moray East (24/03/2021)

"A very professional and competent business that's prepared to flex with the changes to programme and requirement. With a wide range of Plant and experience they are extremely adaptable to support high Risk Projects. I Highly recommend Northern Marine Services."

Lee Clinton - Senior Operations Manager at Telent (26/04/2021)

"Build and deployment of the BlueX prototype Wave Energy Converter was Mocean Energy’s first major project, so having Northern Marine Services on board to advise on lifting and marine operations provided great comfort to the team. NMS led lift plan reviews, provided significant input to Procedures and HIRAs and attended lift days as “client rep”. NMS’s input over the lifecycle of the project has also helped Mocean build its knowledge base, which will be valuable on future projects. We look forward to working with NMS again."

Jon Clarke - Project Manager at Mocean. (20/05/2021)

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