Experienced marine services provider Offshore Marine Management(OMM) is launching a fleet of fast response vessels as a new solution for handling emergency or fast response situations at offshore wind projects for personnel, equipment and stores.
The total number of offshore incidents in European markets is projected to continue growing as a result of higher volumes of construction with yearlong project programmes, which is also taking place further offshore.
The proven vessels – which have maximum rated speeds of 48 knots and excellent manoeuvrability in rough conditions – will be available as call-out to offshore windfarms which are in the construction and operating phase. OMM is utilising Innovation with modifications to a proven vessel to improve the response times to emergency offshore and to improve QHSE standards, where there is a current gap in the market place.
OMM is providing the new fast response vessel solution to meet the growing demand for safety for projects to offer faster, safer and more cost-effective alternatives to current practices, such as one-off helicopters call-outs and the use of slower traditional crew transfer vessels in emergencies. This is a dedicated response vessel that works outside of daily operations that doesn’t hit the project budgets.
The fast response vessels will be operated by two ex-military qualified and experienced crew members with one boat handling and one medical staff/boat handler with relevant professional backgrounds. High levels of experience and training will ensure that these crew members handle critical offshore situation in a rapid and controlled manner. The vessels can also be used for less critical situations, such as the rapid delivery of up to 500 kilograms of critical components and/or up to six passengers. The design of the vessel also fulfils the need for reliable, low-maintenance standby and operation.
OMM currently expects to have around four FRSVs (Fast Response Service Vessels) to be built in the UK and modified to meet the certification of the MCA. They will be in the UK and German market by 2017. Short build times mean OMM is able to respond rapidly to market requirements.
“The industry needs to be prepared in an emergency and this new offering demonstrates OMM’s key role in UK-based innovation as well as our uncompromising commitment to health and safety of personnel offshore.” said OMM managing director, Rob Grimmond. “this is a timely development for OMM with the new Integrated Offshore Emergency Response – Renewables (IOER-R). The team is very excited to be venturing into the market with high-performance vessels operated by a cross training of highly qualified and experienced ex-military crew members.”
To find out more please visit our Vessel Management Page for full specification sheet or contact us on +44 (0) 844 921 0001