Briggs Marine scores CTV contract for Neart na Gaoithe

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 17/06/2022 Briggs Marine

Fife based Briggs Marine has secured a contract to deliver Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV) services to the
Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm, currently under construction 15 km off the Fife coast.

Briggs Marine will deploy
Forth Engineer, a Damen 2610 design, Briggs Marine will transfer technicians to turbines, substations and construction vessels as well as providing a cargo-carrying capability to support construction and operations.

Further to this, as part of the contract, Briggs Marine has committed to work with NnG on improvements in the project’s hydrocarbon impact and to continue to deliver in line with its ISO 50001 accreditation.

Rob Baker, Group General Manager at Briggs Marine, advised: “The ‘Forth Engineer’ will be crewed by fully qualified and experienced, locally based personnel. We know local expertise is important to NnG and Briggs Marine can fulfil this, whilst also ensuring that the equally important areas of capability, resilience and flexibility are also maintained. We will continue to emphasise these to ensure operational confidence in the services that we provide for NnG.”

He continued: “With this in mind, we will continue to invest in our personnel and promote cross-skilling where possible. Our clients benefit from access to the full range of Briggs services including physical asset inspections, provision of qualified personnel, marine survey, statutory inspection, diving and subsea inspection and engineering, subsea cable inspection, maintenance and repair, Aids to Navigation/demarcation (current provider to NnG, of course), workboat, crane and barge hire, environmental response and consulting.”

The 450 MW
Neart na Gaoithe wind farm is 15km off the coast of Fife and is owned by EDF Renewables and ESB. Once fully operational, it is expected to generate electricity for around 375,000 homes, or all domestic properties in a city the size of Edinburgh, and to displace 400,000 tons of CO2 annually. LCCC awarded it a CfD in February 2015, with a strike price of £114.39/MWh. The first turbines are scheduled to be operational in time for the wind farm to begin generating power in 2023, with completion scheduled for 2024.

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