(WK-intern) – International marine engineering company, SeaRoc, have scooped 2nd place award in the 2014 renewableUK and The Crown Estate Health & Safety Awards for their innovation and delivery of a ‘minimal human intervention’ lattice tower installation methodology, recently deployed at Dogger Bank, alongside Forewind and Universal Foundation.
Forewind, SeaRoc and Universal Foundation Norway were joint runner-up for their use of the new technique which Renewable UK said: „showed the importance of effective safety communications and included invaluable information to enable wider industry learning for all companies operating in the wind, wave & tidal energy supply chain.“
SeaRoc, working on behalf of contracting company Fred. Olsen United (FOU, now Universal Foundations Norway, UFN) designed and implemented the concept of removing riggers who previously had to be near the lattice towers sections during installation, and introduced guide cones which eliminated the hazard of a moving or falling load. The use of guide cones enables the crew to stay on deck away from the lifting activity until the tower section has safely landed and stabilised.
The cones were designed and developed by SeaRoc with input from Forewind, FOU and the other Fred. Olsen related companies working on the project, as part of the CDM process during design of the met masts. The “minimal human intervention” installation employs strong plastic guide cones that are strapped to the tower flanges before the lifting activity. SeaRoc, the contractor for the project’s topsides, drew the detailed design and provided the final solution for the 93 metre high tower.
Forewind‘s Lee Clarke said: „[The technique] represents a fine example of industry collaboration and innovation which is particularly relevant for the industry in the UK to maintain its world-leading position.“
The winner was Centrica Energy for their project entitled “Generation Safe – A new approach to safety”.
Steve Pears, Managing Director of SeaRoc welcomed the award noting: “SeaRoc are very proud to receive this award, alongside Forewind and Universal Foundation. It is a testament to our experienced team’s commitment to progressing standards of Health & Safety offshore. In 2014, our efforts in QHSE will continue to be driven forward forming the heart of each and every project being delivered by SeaRoc for our clients.”
SeaRoc provide marine, engineering and construction contracting services for offshore renewable energy projects exclusively for the wind, wave and tidal sectors. The company, whose head office is in Chichester and has satellite offices in Dundee and Orkney, supports a variety of client companies on a wide range of offshore wind and marine renewable energy projects.
SeaRoc have been involved throughout the project cycle on a large number of UK projects, as well as an increasing number of Northern European, North American, Australian and Asia-Pacific projects.
SeaRoc’s services include: Marine, QHSE, Engineering and Project Management expertise; EPCI contracting; turn-key offshore met mast installation services under the OceanPod® brand; a floating LIDAR anemometry product, SeaZephIR®; and SeaPlanner®, an integrated marine management software package.