SMC Provides Marine Coordination at Butendiek OWF

Specialist Marine Consultants Ltd (SMC) have been working with Siemens, providing offshore marine coordination for a fifth Siemens Wind Power construction project.

The Butendiek offshore wind farm in the North Sea began construction in early 2014, and is due for completion mid-2015. SMC, based on the UK Yorkshire coast, have been working offshore undertaking marine coordination for the 80 turbine site.

SMC provides specialist services to the offshore renewable and oil & gas sectors including HSE advisory services, marine coordination, client representation and vessel auditing. This is the second time they have worked on a German offshore wind project supplying marine coordination, and marks a milestone for the offshore specialists, with significant new innovations in their Marine Coordination Management System (MCMS).

MCMS tracks personnel, certification and vessels offshore. Vessels using the CVDR daily reporting system can link directly to MCMS, allowing HSE statistics to be gathered in a unique way. Comprehensive statistics relating to the wind farms construction are gathered and collated. This allows analysis of key up-to-date HSE statistics (push-ons, fuel usage, carbon footprint, vessel reliability) which can be securely accessed remotely.

SMC are currently supplying marine coordination services to six major wind farm construction and service projects in the UK and Europe, as well as working on two other wind farm projects supplying client reps. They have HSE advisors located offshore in Brazil, Asia, Canada and the US Gulf.

MD Ian Coates said: “MCMS has been developed to work from an offshore base, which gives a strategic advantage to projects stakeholders on shore. Clients can access the latest statistics remotely to give them an immediate picture of critical factors necessary for the smooth running of an offshore project.”

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Press release; Image: SMC

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