Northern Marine Services (Scotland) Ltd Marine Lifting and Inspection

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.






German Bight

Service Provided

Marine Operations and coordination

"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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