Charting a successful passage for Marine Renewables
With some of Europe’s best wave and tidal resources, Orkney is playing a global role in the development of marine renewable energy.
As the home of EMEC, the European Marine Energy Centre, more wave and tidal energy devices have already been deployed in Orkney waters than at any other single site in the world.
Organisations like EMEC, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Orkney Islands Council are working closely with Orkney companies to foster the evolution of this new industry as it moves towards the commercial deployment of wave and tidal technologies.
An impressive supply chain of local businesses is geared up to support wave and tidal developers. Many have invested in specialist vessels. All are pro-active in their backing for marine renewable energy.
Please see below for company profiles and contacts.
Construction and Installation
Decommissioning and Emergency Response
Aquatera delivers complementary environmental services and products that: address strategic and project planning issues at the international, national and local level; combine deep scientific and technical understanding of the environment with state-of-the-art communications expertise; enable full investigation, assessment and management of the potential impacts of a project on the environment, and of the environment on the project; provide full lifecycle support for renewables, wider energy and other industrial projects, from initial concepts through to decommissioning.
- Contact: Gareth Davies, Alison Skene
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Bryan J. Rendall (Electrical) Ltd
Bryan J. Rendall (Electrical) Ltd has an extensive portfolio of renewable energy and electrical engineering projects ranging from domestic scale wind turbines, through community energy schemes on off grid Scottish islands to multi megawatt offshore wind farms with locations stretching from California to Australia. They also provide services to the marine energy industry, including high voltage design, installation, commissioning and operations.
- Contact: Tracey Jackson
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; telephone: 01856 879086;
Clark Thomson Insurance Brokers Ltd
Clark Thomson Insurance Brokers have been involved in Marine Renewables for several years and can provide insurance solutions for all the stages of development.
Insurance protection can be arranged to cover the construction, testing, deployment and operation of a device.
Clark Thomson are currently employed by a developer about to deploy a device in Orkney waters. We have worked closely together to ensure the necessary extent of insurance protection is in place for the operation and activities of the project.
- Contact: Kevin Hancock
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Long established family engineering business, now embracing the challenges of the marine renewables industry. Major clients include Orkney Marine Services, Scottish Water, Highland Fuels.
- Contact: John Craigie
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; telephone: 01856 874680;
Established as a limited company in 1987, Currie Brothers was started by Duncan Currie who remains at the helm as the managing director. Over the last few years Currie Brothers has been the main contractor on several major pier development projects, both in Orkney and the North of Scotland, the biggest being a £3.5million redevelopment at Wick harbour, including the placing of sheet piles and rock armour.
The natural development of the company is towards the new and exciting field of marine renewable energy. With extensive knowledge of the seas around Orkney, skilled workforce and steel fabrication workshop, the business was a major contributor to Open Hydro’s successful placing of the first marine tidal turbine in Orkney waters.
- Contact: Andrew Currie
- Email: email@example.com; telephone: 01856 877770; mobile: 07702 942951;
European Marine Energy Centre
EMEC is at the forefront of the development of marine-based renewable energy technologies that generate electricity by harnessing the power of waves and tidal streams.
As the first centre of its kind to be created anywhere in the world, it offers wave and tidal energy device developers the opportunity to test full scale grid connected prototype devices in unrivalled wave and tidal conditions.
Beyond device testing, EMEC also provides:
- Assistance for other testing centres
- Off site performance assessment
- Research & Development project involvement
- Consultancy support
EMEC applies for the necessary licences to deploy on behalf of client developers. To facilitate this EMEC has produced a set of EIA guidelines for developers to follow. The purpose of these guidelines is to encourage and assist developers to consider as fully as possible the range and scale of impacts - positive as well as negative - that might result from the testing of their device/s at EMEC. The process requires developers to produce an environmental statement (ES) along with a navigational risk assessment (NRA), decommissioning plan and a third-party verification report (TPV). EMEC then uses this documentation to accompany the appropriate licence applications.
- Contact: Eileen Linklater; Richard Morris
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; telephone: 01856 852060;
Fendercare Marine is one of the world's leading suppliers of marine services and equipment. With many years of experience in a wide range of specialisations, we are uniquely placed to provide effective solutions for any business. Being part of James Fisher PLC gives us the support and expertise of a group with a wide range of marine capabilities. Our service and support base at Lyness Harbour in Orkney is ideally positioned to help improve the processes of build, installation and test, as well as ongoing maintentance.
- Contact: Pete Leach
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Long established partnership, looking forward to the challenges of the renewable energy industry.
- Contact: Ralph Stevenson
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; telephone: 01856 850576;
Heddle Construction carries out all crane hire within the Orkney Islands and has experienced staff to advise you of your options. All-terrain Liebherr cranes offer a range of lifting capacities, boom height and reach options. They are maintained to the highest standards and are operated by experienced and qualified operatives. The current fleet comprises a 220 ton Liebherr LTM1220, a 60 ton LTM1055-3.2 and a 40 ton LTM1040-2.1.
All crane hire companies work to the terms and conditions of the CPA (Construction Plant Hire Association) and in accordance with BS7121 (The Safe Use of Cranes). When hiring a crane from Heddle Construction, clients have the option to hire on a CPA Crane Hire or CPA Contract Lift basis.
- Contact: Derek or Ian Heddle
- Email: Derek@heddle.co.uk; telephone: 01856 888666;
A world-class organisation that is committed to preventing loss of life, continuously improving maritime safety, and protecting the marine environment: safer lives, safer ships, cleaner seas. Emergency response team operates from Kirkwall.
International Centre for Island Technology
Part of Heriot Watt University, ICIT is a specialist arm of the Institute of Petroleum Engineering. ICIT was established in Orkney in 1989 to carry out advanced research, postgraduate training and consultancy in marine resource management and related issues.
Since its inception, ICIT has developed a strong research and consultancy portfolio, enjoying mutually productive links with industry, Government and other academic bodies at local, national and international levels. Details of past research projects are available as are details on PhD research.
- Contact: Professor Jon Side
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John Jolly is a family owned, long established shipping agency and stevedoring firm. We have extensive expertise in all aspects of shipping in Orkney waters and a wide ranging network of contacts worldwide covering all your shipping needs. From initial chartering of suitable vessels, to co-ordination and execution of final stevedoring operations, our local expertise is second to none.
- Contact: Steven Spence or Mike Anderson
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Leask Marine Ltd
Commercial diving company established in 1985. It operates 3 teams of divers with an additional workboat charter service, comprising 3 multi-purpose vessels. Leask Marine Ltd can offer a complete range of commercial diving services to the civil construction and engineering industry as well as offering comprehensive services to a number of other clients in the UK.
Leask Marine have been involved in supplying dive teams and work boats for renewables projects in Orkney since they first began in Orkney in 2003 with projects such as cable laying, site investigation, installation works of proto type structures, cable maintenance and salvage recovery works such as recovery of 75 tonne piling frame located in 8 knot tides. The company now has a huge knowledge of working on the wave and tide energy sites in Orkney operated by EMEC.
Leask Marine has recently taken delivery of its newest vessel, a Multiworker Twenty6, purpose built for the renewables market. This is a 26m multi-purpose workboat with large cranes and winches for heavy lifting.
- Contact: Douglas Leask
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Sister companies Natural Power and SeaRoc have a joint presence in Orkney to support the wave and tidal sector.
A global company, with 250 employees, Natural Power is a leading independent renewable energy consultancy and products provider. The company offers proactive and integrated consultancy, management and due diligence services backed by an innovative product range across the wave, tidal, onshore wind, offshore wind and biomass sectors.
Natural Power has been active in the wave and tidal sector since 2005, providing the global marine renewables industry with a range of project focused services covering resource management and modelling, device expertise, ecology services and full EIA/consents management.
Natural Power and SeaRoc clients include SSE, RWE npower renewables, AWS, Scotrenewables, OpenHydro, Fred Olsen Marine Renewables, Shetland Islands Council, The Crown Estate and Natural Resources Canada.
- Contact: Sally Roberts
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; telephone: 01644 430735 or 07881 014917; mobile: 07881 014917;
NHS Orkney is proud to deliver a wide range of health services to the people of Orkney, supplemented by specialist services provided by mainland health boards such as NHS Grampian and NHS Highland. Additional emergency services are provided by the Scottish Air Ambulance service.
Northern Lighthouse Board
The Northern Lighthouse Board is the General Lighthouse Authority for Scotland and the Isle of Man. The Board's mission statement is:
- to deliver a reliable, efficient and cost-effective network of aids to navigation for the benefit and safety of all mariners.
The NLB's principal concern is with safety: the safety of the mariner at sea; the safety of our own people employed in or around some of the world's most dangerous coastlines; and the safety of the environment in which we, and those who come after us, must live and work.
Northwards Ltd, awarded "Scotland's Most Innovative Haulier of the Year award 2012" by Transport news magazine, is the leading freight company transporting goods to and from the Northern Isles to destinations all across the UK and beyond.
The company operates a wide variety of vehicles, trailers and handling equipment to suit the diverse range of goods that move in and out of the islands. Next day/time critical consignments are a specialty as are out of gauge project cargoes.
Company depots are situated at Aberdeen, Inverness, Scrabster Stromness and the head office in Lerwick.
Cargo handling and storage facilities are available at all locations. Northwards are also members of the UPN Pallet Network which gives it nationwide coverage for next day pallet collections and deliveries.
- Contact: Neil Ratter
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Orcades Marine Management Consultants Ltd
Orcades Marine Management Consultants Ltd is a new dynamic company bringing together an experienced team of maritime professionals, marine scientists and marine engineers to offer a full range of management and consultancy services including turnkey operations to clients primarily for the Marine Renewable industry.
- Contact: Captain David Thomson
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Orkney College Maritime Studies Department
Orkney College's Maritime Studies department is ideally situated on a waterfront site in busy Stromness Harbour. It has a long and distinguished history of providing education and training for generations of the seafarers from Orkney and beyond.
The department provides courses of study leading to the issue of Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Certificates of Competency (COC). Perhaps more importantly, in relation to the renewables sector, the department provides a range of short courses which either stand alone or contribute towards COCs. Many are relevant to the sector and we are in an ongoing dialogue with local operators and developers to provide a useful range of training.
- Contact: Mark Shiner
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Orkney Hyperbaric Trust
The Orkney Hyperbaric Trust has operated a recompression facility providing emergency treatment for any diver in Orkney who develops decompression sickness since 2003. The Trust recently installed a new triple lock chamber and now provides a state of the art facility in support of Orkney's hugely popular recreational diving industry and well as the increasing amount of commercial diving activity associated with marine renewable developments. SULA Diving is contracted to provide technical and operational support to the OHT on a 24/7 basis.
- Contact: Bobby Forbes
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Orkney Marine Services
Orkney Marine Services incorporates the Harbour Authority, Orkney Towage and Orkney Ferries. Orkney Islands Council’s Division of Marine Services, as the Competent Harbour Authority (CHA), is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the 29 piers and harbours located throughout the Orkney Islands under its jurisdiction and operates under the principles set out in the Port Marine Safety Code.
- Contact: Michael Morrison
- Email: Michael.email@example.com; telephone: 01856 873636;
Orkney Research Centre For Archaeology
ORCA offers a comprehensive service that is both efficient and cost effective, for any area of your development project which requires archaeological input. This service is irrespective of the size, nature or complexity of the project, be it the excavation of single house plot or a major commercial development.
ORCA is building capacity in marine and environmental archaeology with the appointment of further specialist staff to undertake commercial and applied research in marine archaeology. This is a growing field relating to the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 and is further evidence of Orkney's role as a leader in all stages of renewables development.
- Contact: Nick Card
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Officially established in 1972 Kirkwall is a relatively recent addition to Scotland’s coastal rescue services. The first 30 years have seen long and arduous rescues carried out to leisure craft, fishing vessels and larger commercial vessels.
Roving Eye Enterprises
Roving Eye are providers of cost effective ROV and work boat services. The company can provide a very professional and experienced team for any number of tasks. From ROV surveys including pipelines, cables, jetties, piles, seabed and hulls, to arranging a complete survey package including multi beam, bottom sub profiler, side scan sonar and ADCP.
- Contact: Keith or Kathy Bichan
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Scotmarine operates the MV Orcadia, a Damen 2409 MultiCat® work vessel, to meet the needs of the rapidly expanding renewables sector. With an experienced crew and management team, the vessel provides a range of support services, from anchor handling, towing and mooring deployment to hydrographic survey, diving support and the installation and recovery of wave and tidal energy systems. Client confidentiality is a priority and competitive day rates are offered with both short and long-term charter opportunities.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; telephone: 07920 024164 (vessel); mobile: 07787 505841 (owner);
Scribbilib Consultancy Ltd
Scribbilib Consultancy Ltd offers project management and procurement services to a number of industries, including the marine renewable energy sector. The company has experience in planning and execution of a wide range of activities on behalf of its clients. From one-offs to provision of full turnkey service, we can support you in commissioning surveys, seeking consents, design of moorings, delivery of novel concepts e.g. scale test sites, and development of supply chain.
- Contact: Linda Forbes, Debbie Irvine
- Email: email@example.com; telephone: 01856 851133;
Sister companies SeaRoc and Natural Power are co-located in Kirkwall to support the wave and tidal sector.
SeaRoc provides marine and engineering services for offshore renewable energy projects exclusively for the wind, wave and tidal sectors. The company provices marine, QHSE, engineering and project management expertise across a range of services including marine operations delivery and management, H&S planning and EPCI contracting.
SeaRoc and Natural Power clients in the wave and tidal sector include SSE, RWE npower renewables, AWS, Scotrenewables, OpenHydro, Fred Olsen Marine Renewables, Shetland Islands Council, The Crown Estate, Natural Resources Canada, Tidal Generation Ltd and Partrac.
- Contact: Peter Bentley
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; telephone: 07771 770448; mobile: 07771 770448;
Serco Northlink provides daily lifeline ferry services to and from Orkney via our three routes from Aberdeen to Kirkwall, Lerwick to Kirkwall and Stromness to Scrabster. These routes are serviced by our three passenger vessels as well as our two dedicated freight vessels. In addition to our regular ro-ro traffic our freight vessels allow us to transport lift on lift off cargo (TEUS), project cargo and abnormal loads. At certain times during the year freight ship charter options are available for customers.
- Contact: Kris Bevan
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SULA Diving Ltd
SULA Diving is located at the Old Academy, Stromness, the heart of renewable energy developments in Orkney. Its core business involves the provision of diving and marine survey services. Commercial SCUBA and surface supply dive teams carry out a variety of work across Orkney from inspection, seabed surveys and biological sampling, to civil engineering projects associated with the local oil and marine renewables sectors. Other marine survey resources include the provision of remote sampling techniques such as side-scan, magnetometer and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) surveys. Its core staff are qualified marine biologists with decades of experience working in Orkney's marine environment. Work vessels are also provided in support of these services along with full project management, permitting and risk assessment.
- Contact: Malcolm Thomson
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; telephone: 01856 850285;
Xodus Group is involved in creating the assets and infrastructure for a reliable, commercially viable energy supply using these natural resources. Our proven development planning skills coupled with experience in the challenging offshore environment are geared to meeting the challenges faced by renewables developers. By combining a broad range of highly specialised engineering, technical safety and risk and environmental skills, we have built an impressive reputation for clever thinking and responsive problem solving in a single company. To make a renewables project viable you need think outside the box – precisely the kind of thinking we specialise in.
Our project portfolio covers over 30 offshore renewable energy projects since 1993, working with developers and government bodies. Combining years of experience in the oil and gas sector with a growing renewables portfolio, our consultants are capable of meeting the most acute needs in the rapidly evolving offshore renewables sector.
Our team is truly multi-disciplinary and the integration of our skills and services is what sets Xodus apart. Whether it is support in research and development, technology design, prototype deployment or development of commercial projects, we can help.
- Contact: Liz Foubister
- Email: Liz.email@example.com; telephone: 01856 852010;