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”.