James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS), part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has been awarded a guard vessel contract for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, which will run for 18 months during the construction of the 400MW project.
"With a threat to offshore wind farms being the unguarded wanderings of private and commercial vessels around the site, JFMS will provide a guard vessel to help ensure the safe construction of the wind farm is not inhibited," the company said.
To enable real-time support throughout the 18 month operation, the vessel operations will be project-managed from the company's office in Newhaven.
The guard vessel adds to the range of services JFMS already delivers to the wind farm, including the installation of two bespoke fabricated pontoons. The 120m pontoons, designed in-house, enable transfer of personnel from shore to ship.
Martin Sisley, Managing Director of the Renewables Division in JFMS, said of the project: "This contract shows the breadth of services we are able to offer and the scale of the project we are able to assist with, whilst providing efficiently managed, industry leading marine services. From guard vessels to pontoons and project management, we can use our integrated approach and adapt to any marine operation, providing value to clients via a one stop shop approach."
"We are delighted to have furthered our involvement at Rampion and are looking forward to our future projects in the area," Sisley concluded.