Offshore marine services provider, PACC Offshore Services Holdings (“POSH”), today announced that it will be partnering with mooring and marine service specialist FMS to explore growth opportunities for floating offshore wind in Europe.

The two companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) to bring together their combined expertise to market. Both POSH and FMS will work together on identifying, developing, and delivering on relevant joint tender opportunities. POSH, with assistance from FMS, will be responsible for the installation of offshore floating wind mooring systems, and FMS will be responsible for designing and subsequently supplying the offshore floating wind mooring systems as the technical authority.

This MoU follows on from POSH’s earlier announcement that it will be focusing on the development of the fast-growing floating wind market.

Mr Ulva Chai, Chief Operating Officer, POSH, said, “POSH continues our transformation to become a future-ready, sustainable solutions provider for the global energy sector. We are pleased to be working with First Marine Solutions to identify opportunities in this fast-growing sector. As specialists in offshore marine solutions, POSH will leverage on our relevant expertise and track record to offer integrated solutions for floating wind turbine projects. These services include planning & engineering, project logistics & management, pre-lay mooring, mobilisation base management, towage and hook up, cable installation, operations & maintenance, and decommissioning.”

Mr Steven Brown, Managing Director, FMS, said, “This agreement with POSH is the next step on our renewables journey which began two years ago with the establishment of a dedicated offshore renewables business unit. FMS has designed, supplied and installed mooring systems worldwide for many years for a number of different applications and look forward to bringing our technical expertise, offshore experience and technology to the ever growing floating offshore wind market.”

Offshore wind has the biggest growth potential of any renewable energy technology globally. Currently, offshore wind makes up just 2% of what the world needs to get to net zero by 2050 but is rapidly growing – forecasted to grow by 235 GW of new installed capacity over the next decade[1], seven times more than its current size.

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For further information or to speak to a POSH spokesperson, please contact:

Ms. Sandra Benny, WATATAWA Consulting, +65 9815 5695, sbenny@we-watatawa.com

To speak to an FMS spokesperson, please contact:

Mr Dave McGinlay, Business Development Director, FMS, dave.mcginlay@firstmarinesolutions.com

About PACC Offshore Services Holdings (“POSH”)

PACC Offshore Services Holdings (“POSH”) is a leading solutions provider for offshore energy operations. Our key business segments include oil and gas, floating wind and subsea operations.

With a diversified fleet of approximately 70 vessels, our services include towage and installation support, offshore accommodation, construction support, harbour towage, as well as turnkey project management. POSH also provides an integrated suite of subsea services through POSH Subsea.

About First Marine Solutions (“FMS”)

FMS specialise in temporary and permanent Mooring solutions for floating offshore units.

We offer a fully integrated service, from system design and analysis, to equipment supply and management, through to all aspects of the installation operations.

Having one of the most modern fleets of Mooring Equipment anywhere in the world, a dedicated quayside facility in Montrose, Scotland offering efficient vessel mobilisation and a market leading design, engineering and marine support function enables FMS to offer an unparalleled level of service and support to clients whilst also optimising operational and cost efficiencies across the whole project scope.

[1] Global Wind Energy Council, 2021

Offshore moorings expert, FMS has completed the study under a contract for the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s Floating Offshore Wind Centre of Excellence (FOW CoE).

As part of this work FMS worked with Morek Engineering to assess and develop design requirements for floating offshore wind mooring and anchoring systems in UK waters, which included exploring the potential for standardised systems, designs and components to be deployed. This was followed by a State of the Art Review of relevant technologies. As part of the project the ORE Catapult developed a set of market projections for mooring and anchoring system components, based on a range of future deployment scenarios. These projections, which are publicly available, are intended to support the supply to better understand the opportunities associated with the growing floating offshore wind market.

ORE Catapult are the UK’s leading technology innovation and research centre for offshore renewable energy, and they play a key role in delivering the UK’s net zero targets by accelerating the creation and growth of UK companies in the offshore renewable energy sector. Using their unique facilities and research and engineering capabilities to bring together industry and academia and drive innovation in renewable energy.

This project was part of a major programme of work within the FOW CoE to accelerate the development of floating offshore wind technologies and support the growth of the supply chain to develop and deliver large scale floating offshore wind projects cost effectively.

Steven Brown, FMS Managing Director, says he is incredibly proud to be associated with such an innovative project “This study represents a major step forward for us, and firmly establishes our reputation as a leading integrated mooring solutions provider, in this case for the renewable energy sector”.

“This agreement was part of an extensive open tendering process, and in the past 5 years our workforce has increased fivefold and is now led by a management team of industry experts, allowing us to strengthen our position not only in the North Sea but across a number of international markets, we look forward to further supporting ORE Catapult in future studies going forward.”

Commenting on the report, Ellen Jump, Project Engineer for ORE Catapult, said “The results of work carried out by First Marine Solutions and Morek Engineering to explore potential standard mooring system designs was also used to form the basis of assumptions for our market projections. I would like to thank them for their support and input in delivering the project”. Ralph Torr, Programme Manager for ORE Catapult commented “Working with FMS demonstrates the strong synergies between the UK’s world leading oil and gas supply chain’s skills, experience and expertise and the needs of rapidly growing floating offshore wind market. Working with FMS and our FOW CoE partners, we have been able to utilise more than 50 years of experience operating in challenging marine environments around the UK, and apply this to floating offshore wind technology and industry needs”.

FMS to provide Well-Safe Solutions with turnkey marine consultancy services.

Long term agreement between the parties commences with activity on “ground-breaking” supplier/operator well P&A campaign.

Offshore moorings expert, First Marine Solutions (FMS), has announced the award of a seven-figure contract by well decommissioning specialist, Well-Safe Solutions.

The £multi-million agreement will see Aberdeen-headquartered FMS provide its full spectrum of marine consultancy services, including provision of equipment, marine services, and survey and marine engineering.

Earlier this year, Well-Safe Solutions announced it had secured the contract to execute all well decommissioning activity within Repsol Sinopec UK’s Buchan and Hannay fields. FMS’ contract will commence with this 14-well project which has been hailed by the Oil and Gas Authority as “ground-breaking” in its collaborative approach.

Steven Brown, FMS Managing Director, says he is incredibly proud to be associated with such an innovative project: “This well P&A campaign represents a shift in the offshore decommissioning commercial landscape for which we applaud Well-Safe Solutions. I believe its decision to award this contract to FMS firmly establishes our reputation as the North Sea’s leading integrated mooring and marine service provider.

“The agreement has been four years in the making – a period of time that has seen FMS evolve to an impressive extent through significant investment in personnel, technology and facilities. Since 2017, our workforce has increased fourfold and is now led by a management team of industry experts, allowing us to strengthen our position not only in the North Sea but across a number of international markets; we look forward to supporting Well-Safe as it expands its global business.”

Commenting on the contract award,  Lou Duncan, Rig Manager at Well-Safe Solutions, said: “As we prepare for the deployment of the Well-Safe Guardian, it’s vital to us that we utilise trusted partners to enable timely and safe fulfilment of our obligations.

“Key to our philosophy is the importance of collaboration in order to capture, retain and share knowledge for the benefit of our clients and future operations. We’re looking forward to working alongside FMS during a period of strong growth for Well-Safe Solutions.”

Photo: Steven Brown, Managing Director, First Marine Solutions

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Today at Ocean Business in Southampton, First Marine Solutions (FMS) has announced a new collaborative partnership with EODEX.

FMS, part of the 1st Tech Group, will operate on “preferred supplier” basis with EODEX on future marine projects. EODEX specialises in the green disposal of unexploded ordnance.

Offshore moorings firm, FMS will bring a market leading survey and positioning capability to compliment EODEX’s delivery of UXO target investigation and disposal services to the defence, oil & gas and offshore renewables industries.

With each company being located in the Bridge of Don area of Aberdeen, the synergies are clear.

Carl Lafferty, Survey and Positioning Manager of First Marine Solutions said:

“With a mutual passion to preserve the marine environment, FMS is delighted to engage in this collaboration with EODEX and complement their service with our carbon conscious approach to UXO surveys.”

Andrew Woollven, Managing Director of EODEX added:

“We see the bringing together of these two capabilities as a natural progression in the delivery of a truly co-ordinated service for the benefit of our mutual clients.”

FMS is exhibiting this week at Ocean Business 21 in Southampton on Stand V47. On the stand is Carl Lafferty, Survey and Positioning Manager, Marc Petty, Marine Manager and Sam Moore, Operations Surveyor.

For further information, please contact:

Carl Lafferty, Survey and Positioning Manager, First Marine Solutions

E-mail: sales@firstmarinesolutions.com
Phone: +44 (0)1224 640089

Image caption:

Andrew Woollven, Managing Director of EODEX (left) and Carl Lafferty, Survey and Positioning Manager, First Marine Solutions (right)