The SeaRoc Group, experts in offshore renewable energy since 2002, is one of few companies currently operating on the world’s furthest offshore wind-farm developments. The company has completed successful maintenance work in September at the Dogger Bank met masts for Forewind.
The two meteorological masts are located 53 and 81 nautical miles (100 and 150 kilometers) offshore and SeaRoc , with nine personnel on board, was responsible for all maintenance tasks on the trip as well as providing advice on vessel and gangway (motion compensated) suitability. Its team comprised an offshore operations manager, rope access riggers and engineers.
SeaRoc implemented a successful maintenance strategy for the met masts, targeting the specific challenges such as transferring personnel to the structures when operating further offshore.
“Neil Pittam, SeaRoc’s Project Manager for this work, said: “Carrying out works further offshore brings significant logistical, financial and additional health and safety risks, making detailed planning of the utmost importance. We devised a strategy which included facilitating a Risk Assessment and Method Statement (RAMS) session with all parties involved in the works, presenting sound operational solutions for the Dogger Bank maintenance visit, resulting in this particular work being completed ahead of schedule, minimizing the costly vessel charter and personnel costs”.
Neil continued, “It is a primary focus for us at SeaRoc to deliver the most cost-effective and meticulously planned offshore operations for clients who operate so far offshore, and we pride ourselves on being one the very few companies currently doing so in the present market.”