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.
Marine Operations and coordination