OFTO asset marine management

James Fisher Renewables administers ongoing specialist marine management at Balfour Beatty’s OFTOs

James Fisher Marine Services* provided marine management solutions, including adhoc vessel support and other associated services, to Balfour Beatty’s offshore transmission owner (OFTO) assets.

The ongoing project management of vessels, crew and assets allowed James Fisher Renewables’ (JF Renewables) specialists to consistently ensure quality assistance in various maritime services.

OFTO

The challenge

• Balfour Beatty requested JF Renewables’ assistance in project managing their multiple offshore transmission (OFTO) assets, including their offshore substation platform east (OSPE) and offshore substation platform west (OSPW).

• Regular onsite operations would require expertise skill for the chartering and management of crew transfer vessels (CTVs) to transport technicians safety to OFTOs – and provide any additional maintenance work – on a scheduled and unscheduled basis.

• As the leading project managers, the JF Renewables team was responsible for the efficient and cost-effective delivery of these solutions, whilst maintaining the utmost quality and safety throughout all procedures.

The solution

• To retain consistency in quality, the project was managed full time by an in-house JF Renewables team. This group covered all operation types, including vessel berthing, refuelling, agency services, communications, security and certified waste disposals.

• The set-up of a fully serviced office in the Port of Mostyn allowed JF Renewables to provide additional support to Balfour Beatty’s technicians, the vessel’s crew, and the project management team with any offshore operations.

• Furthering JF Renewables adhoc support, the company’s specialist project support vessel, Dart Fisher, was made available to strengthen additional integrated offshore solutions at the OFTOs.

Dart Fisher turbine

The results and benefits

• Due to the additional support of JF Renewables equipment and manpower, the project management team were able to offer additional operational services to Balfour Beatty, including In-house diving and ROV searches and equipment transfer of up to 30T to OFTO sites.

• The scope of the project required regulatory procedures under a marine safety management system. The addition competition of QHSE documentation, appropriate risk assessments, method statements and bridging documentation resulted in all operations being conducted with the highest levels of safety and diligence.

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