MTS Xplorer Supports Wave Hub Cable Work
MTS Xplorer, has successfully completed survey works aspart of marine cable installation works conducted by contractor James Fisher atthe pioneering Wave Hub site off the Cornwall coast.
Wave Hub provides a dedicated testing location for innovativeoffshore renewable energy technology, with purpose built transmissioninfrastructure enabling installed devices to export to the grid. Cabling workon the project has now been completed with a further six kilometres of cabling,connectors, cable abrasion protection and rock bag stabilisation installed.
As part of a sub-contract with the principal contractor JamesFisher Marine Services, MTS was employed by Cornwall based, Insight MarineProjects Ltd to provide a survey vessel to undertake a high resolution as-builtmultibeam survey of the new cables.
For the Wave Hub site, the reliable operation of installedcabling is critical in provision of an effective test bed for proving multiple offshorerenewable energy devices.
With a proportion of the MTS fleet based in the South West,James Fisher and the project team were able to benefit not only from theefficiencies created by a local vessel deployment, but also from the firm’sextensive experience supporting marine survey and construction operations forthe offshore energy sector.
“The experience garnered in cable installation and deploymentin the wider offshore wind market is still highly relevant as we installpioneering new devices off our coastlines,” said Steve Bendell, CommercialManager, MTS.
“We knew that in order to best support James Fisher’sinstallation work that a reliable surveying platform would be needed. In deploying MTS Xplorer to the project fromour Falmouth operation, we were able to provide a vessel and crew with manyhours of surveying experience.”
“We welcome further planned device deployments at Wave Hubutilising the natural resources of the waters around the South West coastline.”
Richard Argall, Director, Mojo Maritime commented: “Here at MojoMaritime, James Fisher’s local subsidiary, we have developed a successful trackrecord working with MTS over a number of years. Once again, working with MTShas enabled us to employ a local contractor with experience providingspecialized vessels in support of our work in the maritime and offshoreinstallation sector. MTS Xplorer and itscrew assisted us in keeping our works on time and on-budget, enabling us toensure a careful and highly competent installation of the project’s associatedcable works.”