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Francis Brown Limited has delivered deck equipment fabrications to Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) for work on offshore wind farms in the North Sea.
Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) has signed a contract with Van Oord for the manufacture and delivery of a QTrencher 1600.
UK-based remote intervention equipment manufacturer Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) plans to cut 70 to 80 jobs across the business. The news comes as SMD’s largest order in history for two suites of cable laying and burial equipment has been suspended due to the rejection of an export license as a result of current sanctions […]
SMD has delivered a QTrencher 1000 ROV to KT Submarine following a successful completion of factory acceptance testing. Delivery of the trenching system was brought forward by one month to coincide with the early completion of the refurbishment of KT Submarine’s cable ship, Responder. The whole system including associated control, LARS and spares package was […]
Zhuzhou CSR Times Electric Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of CSR Corporation Limited of China, has acquired Specialist Machine Developments (SMD) group. SMD is organised across a number of business streams, including Work Class ROVs, Subsea Trenching, Submerged Mining and Marine Renewables. Andrew Hodgson, CEO of SMD, commented: “Becoming part of CSR will be a key step […]
UTV1200, an SMD built cable burial tool will be ready for operation in the new year. The vehicle has undergone extensive modifications that have enhanced the configuration to provide a more effective post-lay trenching burial vehicle. The previous configuration of UTV1200 (LBT1) allowed for concurrent trenching (mechanical and jetting) of a pre-loaded product, however after […]
SMD has been formally presented with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise by the Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear. The Lord-Lieutenant, Mr Nigel Sherlock, presented the Award in the Innovation Category, as part of a visit to SMD’s head office and manufacturing facilities in Wallsend, North East England. This is the third Queen’s Award the company […]
SMD has been honoured with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category in recognition of the development of its specialist subsea trenching technology. This is the third Queen’s Award for Enterprise that SMD has won in the last three years. The Wallsend-based company previously won a Queen’s Award for innovation in 2011 […]
Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) announced the early delivery of an HD3 inter array cable plough to Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical Ltd. (RSPU). RSPU has named the vehicle HDIA (Heavy Duty Inter Array) Plough and is to be mobilised onto the Polar Prince subsea construction vessel. The HD3 cable plough, which is scheduled to […]
The QTrencher 1000 has been specifically developed for cable and pipeline burial to 2000m water depth. The ROV provides a compact high powered trenching capability for the burial of cables, umbilicals and 500mm diameter pipes up to 2-3 metres deep. The use of variable high pressure jetting optimises the trenching operation to suit a range […]
Soil Machine Dynamics Limited (SMD) and Blade Offshore Services Limited (BOS) have completed a deal which sees the creation of a joint venture, SMD-BORD, and joint development of a novel technology for the installation of marine renewables devices on the seabed. The unique technology makes use of a sacrificial double-skinned annular drill, which cuts more […]
SMD has been formally presented with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise by the Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear. The Lord-Lieutenant, Mr Nigel Sherlock, presented the Award in the International Trade Category as part of a visit to SMD’s head office and manufacturing facilities in Wallsend, North East England. The company is one of the world’s […]
SMD has been honoured with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category for its growing presence and success in global markets. This is the second Queen’s Award the company has won in the last two years. In 2011, SMD was presented with the Queen’s Award for Innovation for its work-class remotely […]
Fugro and Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD) have developed a high performance, modular jet trenching and mechanical cutting system. The Q1400 system, featured on Stand 11121 at EWEA Offshore, will be available early 2012 for the marine renewable and offshore oil and gas and markets, and will complement the many other specialised services Fugro’s group of […]
SMD and Blade Offshore Services (BOS) announce the signature of Heads of Terms for a joint venture. Under the joint venture, expected to be called SMD-BORD, SMD will design and manufacture subsea remote drilling solutions for the marine renewable industry, offering a cost effective alternative to monopile and gravity foundations for wave, tidal and wind […]
The first ever ‘How to Build a Tidal Array in a Day’ seminar will be held on Tuesday 25th October during the RenewableUK 2011 conference and exhibition in Manchester. And industry delegates are being invited to participate in this unique interactive event to contribute towards making Tidal Energy a commercial reality and meet renewable energy […]
SMD has been formally presented with a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise by His Royal Highness, Prince Michael of Kent. His Royal Highness presented the Award in the innovation category as part of a visit to SMD’s head office and manufacturing facility in Wallsend, North East England. During the visit His Royal Highness was given […]
UK-based fabrication and engineering company Francis Brown has secured a contract with global supplier of subsea equipment SMD for the delivery of cable handling deck equipment.
The Seamole (previously Excalibur), a recently upgraded remotely operated vehicle (ROV), has successfully completed its first round of projects burying offshore power cables for Prysmian Powerlink Services Ltd.
Pharos Offshore has recently completed the development and enhancement of a 2,500m rated SMD-built tracked jet trencher, which has subsequently been named the UTV400.
DeepOcean 1 UK Ltd., a subsidiary of DeepOcean Group Holding BV (DeepOcean), has ordered a mechanical cutting boom and associated cable handling system for its tracked trenching vehicle the T3200 from subsea equipment manufacturer SMD. The T3200 offers 3200 horse power of effective trenching power and is currently equipped with an interchangeable jet trenching cassette that […]
Crown Estate Creates Offshore Wind Interactive Map The Crown Estate has launched an interactive map that shows the estimated percentage of UK electricity demand being met by offshore wind on an hourly basis. Vibratory Piling Faster and Less Noisy, Tests Show Results of a project testing vibratory method of pile driving have shown the method […]
Asset consultants at Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH), have been appointed to sell a major subsea asset formerly operated by Reef Subsea UK Ltd, currently in administration. An SMD Heavy Duty Inter Array Flexibles Plough, that has a multi-depth capacity of up to 2.4 metres burial, can handle power cables and flexibles up to 200mm diameter, was delivered in […]
In the North Sea, off the Belgian coast, Alstom has installed its first Haliade turbine within the Belwind facility. Jan De Nul Group earlier installed the rock scour protection around the jacket foundation of the turbine with its Fallpipe Vessel ‘Simon Stevin’. This time, the ‘Simon Stevin’ returned to the wind farm to install a 33kV […]
Long-standing SMD customer DeepOcean have now received delivery of their 1000hp QTrencher (QT) 1000 and successfully completed a number of projects. The recently upgraded T-3200 heavy duty trenching tractor is set to sit alongside the industry‐leading free flying, jet trenching ROV on DeepOcean’s Havila Phoenix vessel. Paul Davison, SMD’s Deputy MD commented: “We are particularly […]
The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) in Blyth is hosting one of the wind industry’s most influential global organisations this week (19-22 May), as the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Wind Executive Committee visits Newcastle. The four day programme includes visits to Narec’s world-class renewable energy testing and demonstration facilities in […]