James Fisher completes acquisition of Mojo Maritime Ltd

marine services logoJames Fisher and Sons plc (“James Fisher” or the “Group”) has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Mojo Maritime Ltd (“MML or the “Company”) a specialist provider of project management, engineering and consultancy services to the offshore industry.

This move enhances James Fisher’s specialist marine project delivery capability, enables Mojo to undertake larger and more complex marine projects and creates additional customer value due to the complimentary capabilities and established working relationship of the two companies.

James Fisher and Sons plc is a leading service provider in all sectors of the marine industry and a specialist supplier of engineering services to the nuclear industry in the UK and abroad. With offices in the Europe, the Middle East, Singapore, India, Australia and Africa, the company serves both the private and public sectors and adopts a practical approach to the management of assets and provision of high quality services, ensuring an appropriate use of technology and a sound understanding of each customer’s requirements, while building on the experience and expertise gained over more than 165 years of operating in the marine environment. James Fisher brings practical experience, innovation and commercial best practice to all its clients’ projects and services.
For more information see www.james-fisher.com.

Nick Henry, Chief Executive Officer of James Fisher, said: “The acquisition of MML will strengthen our expertise and abilities in servicing the offshore renewables sector. We are delighted to welcome Richard and his team to our Group”
MML has successfully co-operated on a number of projects with group companies to date and currently has a sub-contract with James Fisher Marine Services (“JFMS”) under which MML and JFMS are working closely together on the construction phase of the MeyGen Inner Sound tidal project.

Richard Parkinson, MD of Mojo Maritime commented: “We are delighted to be joining James Fisher, the teams from both sides having worked incredibly well together in recent collaborations. Being part of the group means that Mojo is able to undertake larger and more complex marine projects and can leverage the capabilities of the wider James Fisher organisation.”

Wello's Penguin wave device. Source: Wello Oy. License: All rights reserved

EU Horizon 2020 programme grants EUR 17 million for wave power research project coordinated by Fortum

Wello's Penguin wave device. Source: Wello Oy. License: All rights reserved

Wello’s Penguin wave device. Source: Wello Oy. License: All rights reserved

Mojo Maritime are delighted to be involved in this game changing wave energy project.
The European Commission’s research and innovation programme Horizon 2020 has granted EUR 17 million in funding for the Clean Energy From Ocean Waves (CEFOW) research project that is coordinated by Fortum. The mission of the five-year project is to research and develop the use of the Penguin wave energy converter, developed by the Finnish company Wello, in electricity grid connected ocean conditions. The multi-device test project will be carried out at Wave Hub, the wave power-focussed test centre, located in Cornwall, Great Britain, where Fortum has a leased sea area.

In the project, Finnish wave power technology is being developed and operated in collaboration with British and Swedish experts. The EU has granted EUR 17 million of the project’s total budget of EUR 24.5 million. In addition to Fortum, the joint project consists of Wello Ltd, Mojo Maritime Ltd, Wave Hub Limited, Green Marine (UK) Ltd, Uppsala University, Plymouth University and the University of Exeter.

“Wave power may play an important role in the future as an emissions-free energy production form, and that is why Fortum is participating in the research and development efforts. By this project we are expecting to increase our capabilities and skills in the field of wave power. We believe that the funding from the European Commission and the experienced collaboration partners create excellent conditions for making great strides forward in commercializing Wello’s wave power technology,” says Heli Antila, Chief Technology Officer at Fortum. “On a global scale, this project is at the vanguard of wave power research,” Antila goes on to say.

Successful Installation of Cable Protection measures – North Cornwall Coast

Bags_webThis Easter Weekend saw Mojo Maritime successfully complete the installation of cable protection works in the potentially challenging conditions off of the North Cornwall coast. The operation consisted of accurately placing rock filled filter units from the DP2 vessel “Stril Explorer” to create a protection berm for the Wave Hub 33KV export cable.
The filter unit consists of a CE approved fibre mesh bag complying with Eco-Mark requirements containing 2 tonnes of aggregate. As the filled bags adopt the profile of the seabed when lowered, they can be used to construct protection measures without the need for seabed preparation and are easily handled due to the certified lifting eyes incorporated into the unit.
In order to achieve the centimetre positional tolerances required for this project, Mojo Maritime designed a specialist lifting beam incorporating remotely actuated lifting pins capable of lifting two units at a time and placing them accurately to meet the protection measure design. This enabled 105 filled units to be placed in position within 14 hours, despite experiencing poor subsea visibility.
Moving forward, Mojo intend to build on the success of this project by continuing to develop the specialist lifting equipment to offer their clients even faster construction of precise and accurate cable, scour and crossing protection measures.

Mojo and IKM Secure EU MARTEC II grant for development of a Hi Flo ROV

Mojo Maritime, leading British tidal energy marine operations specialists, and IKM Subsea, Norwegian ROV manufacturer and operator, have jointly secured a significant EU Horizon 2020 Grant to support a €1,200,000 R&D project to develop an ROV for use in high energy tidal sites, and capable of being operated from Mojo’s ground breaking tidal energy vessel, the Hi Flo 4 (HF4).

A significant proportion of overall tidal energy costs are in array installation and, between 2012 and 2014, Mojo Maritime designed and developed the HF4, an offshore construction vessel (OCV) capable of lifting the heaviest envisaged tidal turbines and of dynamically positioning in up to 5.0 ms-1 (10 knots) of tidal stream. These operational advantages will feed through into installation benefits, and Mojo’s early analysis using Mermaid™ shows that in medium energy tidal sites HF4 can install tidal arrays in half the time and at a third of the cost of conventional methods. HF4 thus offers the possibility of levilised costs of energy for tidal arrays of £118 per MWH, already below that of many envisaged offshore wind projects, and Mojo is now working with its ship-owning partner, Hammonia Reedeira, to select a yard to build the first-of-class HF4, with an anticipated delivery date target of late 2016.

A next step in reducing tidal energy levilised costs is improving the performance of key installation tools, such as ROVs, which are used not only for turbine and foundation installation, but also for cable touch-down monitoring. Conventional ROVs are generally designed to operate in subsurface currents of up to 1.5 ms-1 but, in Mojo’s experience, many struggle above 1.0 ms-1. Conventional ROVs are thus a key operating limitation in the design (and cost) of the marine operations for tidal energy installations, where subsurface current speeds of 5.0 ms-1, are the norm in high energy tidal sites.

For this reason, Mojo and IKM joined forces in mid-2014 to bid for EU funding, from the Maritime Technologies (MARTEC II) call, to develop a HF ROV capable of being operated from the HF4 in high energy tidal sites. Mojo’s extensive tidal technology installation background complements IKM’s ROV manufacture and operations experience including the design, build and operation of modern WROVs, such as IKM’s pictured Merlin WR200, intended to be the most efficient and reliable work class ROV on the market.
The two companies target is to develop a basic design for an HF ROV that is capable of then being manufactured according to a schedule that will align with the envisaged build schedule for the HF4 ship.

With its genesis in the tidal energy sector, the HF4 vessel is highly optimized and offers cost effective performance in wide range of applications, including offshore wind and oil&gas. It is therefore anticipated that the HF ROV will operate from both HF4 and OCV’s in a range of offshore operations and conditions. The companies were awarded the funding at the end of 2014, granted as part of the EU’s Marine Technology II Horizon 2020 programme, and administered by InnovateUK in the United Kingdom, and work began in earnest on the project on 5 January 2015 on the HF ROV, and will continue through to the end of 2015.

Horizon 2020 is the EU Research and Innovation funding programme and is a major opportunity for British business to grow internationally, build networks and develop new relationships with potential customers. The programme has an available budget of €79bn (up to 2020) and the emphasis is on science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, is responsible for providing support and increasing UK business participation in Horizon 2020. It is a key priority for Innovate UK to help businesses access the funding and benefits provided through participation in EU programmes, including offering expert advice provided by a group of knowledgeable individuals as part of a National Contact Points (NCPs) scheme.

Mojo Secures Best Tidal Industry Collaboration Award at ITES 2014

Mojo Maritime has won the Best Tidal Industry Collaboration Award at the 8th International Tidal Energy Summit, on 25 November, for its leadership of the Hi Flo 4 (HF4) tidal energy vessel consortium, comprised of Voith, Bauer Renewables, DNV GL and University of Exeter.

Underpinned by the Technology Strategy Board (now InnovateUK), the HF4 project set out to deliver a bespoke offshore construction vessel (OCV), designed to make significant reductions in tidal energy installation costs. Beginning in December 2012, the £2.8M R&D project encompassed a number of inter-related work streams, including, amongst other things, naval architecture, dynamic positioning, and role equipment integration, supported by environmental analyses and crew concept development. The project was successfully concluded in September 2014, with the key output being a ship design for a tidal installation, operations and maintenance vessel that meets all of DNV GL’s preliminary ship classification society requirements. The HF4 design also meets or exceeds all of Mojo’s design objectives, not least through its ability to dynamically position in up to 10 knots of tidal stream and lift up to 250 tonnes with the removable A-Frame offshore crane. Although sized and equipped for the tidal sector, the vessel lends itself perfectly for operations in offshore wind and oil & gas. The design fills a gap between construction vessels/ sophisticated anchor handlers designed for the offshore market, and the smaller service vessels (such as multicats) that have developed to meet the needs of the marine civils industry.

Early modelling using Mojo’s Marine Economic Risk Modelling AID (Mermaid) software is demonstrating HF4’s game changing potential for the tidal sector. For example, in a high-energy tidal site such as the Pentland Firth or Raz Blanchard, and using the Bauer drilling spread and monopile foundation, early Mermaid analysis is showing that 3 x HF4 vessels will be able to install a 375 MW commercial array of 250 turbines rated at 1.5MW in just over 2 years. Mermaid shows that this is less than a third of the time of 3 x conventional OCVs, thus in addition to the installation cost savings, the HF4 technology also offers significant early yield benefits, by bringing 375MW of capacity on-line 4 years early. These advantages show up in levelised cost of energy (LCOE) figures and Mojo believe that, by combining HF4 and the Bauer monopile technology, it will be possible to deliver tidal LCOEs of around £116/MWH, a figure that is below that of Round 2 and 3 offshore wind, and close to that of nuclear.

After accepting the award at ITES Richard Parkinson, Mojo’s Managing Director, said: “It is not often that you get the opportunity to make a game-changing contribution to a new energy sector, but that is exactly what I believe we have done with HF4. Although we are still using Mermaid, our operational planning software, to refine our LCOE figures, we are increasingly confident that LCOEs for tidal energy below £120/MWH are in prospect, once we get the ship into service.”

Mojo is now working hand-in-glove with its commercial partner and major vessel owner, Hammonia Reederei, to select a yard and commence first-of-class building with a view to bringing HF4 into service in mid-2016.

Mojo Maritime's Tenth Anniversary Cake

Mojo celebrates 10 years at the forefront of the Offshore Renewable Energy Industry

Mojo Maritime's Tenth Anniversary Cake

Mojo Maritime’s Tenth Anniversary Cake

Mojo Maritime are celebrating the successful completion of 10 years in business, most of which has been focussed on the developing offshore renewable energy industry. The current Managing Director, Richard Parkinson, founded Mojo in Falmouth in late 2004 when he acquired the local vessel Portree 2. He said;
“In the early days, we were mainly focussed on supplying marine services and consultancy to the telecommunication cable industry, marine civil engineering projects and the oil and gas sectors. However, we quickly recognised the opportunities available in the nascent offshore renewable energy market.”
This strategic move saw the companies skill set and capabilities being applied to some of the unique challenges facing the offshore wind, wave and tidal energy developers. It was becoming clear that an innovative approach was often required to provide a cost effective solution, therefore Mojo’s technical capabilities were increased to support its core marine operations business. Mojo’s Technical Director, Richard Argall, explains;
“A large part of Mojo’s success, and growth, can be attributed to the way our marine operation solutions are underpinned by extensive technical rigour. This approach also means that our engineering solutions benefit from the involvement of our offshore teams’ hard won practical experience.”
After a period of sustained growth, a major milestone was reached in 2012 when the company restructured, strengthened its Board of Directors and took on inward investment in order to accelerate the development of key R&D projects. These have included the highly successful High Flow Installation Vessel project (HF4) and the development of the Marine Economic Risk Management AID (MERMAID) software package. Richard Parkinson explains;
“It had become clear to us that the offshore renewable industry required enabling solutions for the marine operation aspects of installation, operations and maintenance in order to be commercially viable. Our technical capability coupled with significant industry experience meant that we were in a unique position to take up the innovation challenge and design the products that the industry would need to move forward. That process has only strengthened us as a company and will underpin our continuing growth. We are very much looking forward to the next 10 years and beyond.”

Inner Sound

Mojo signs partnership agreement with James Fisher Marine Services for the MeyGen tidal array project

Inner Sound

Stroma Island from the Pentland Firth

Mojo Maritime has this week signed a contract with James Fisher Marine Services Ltd (JFMS) which will see them provide significant marine operational and engineering expertise to the construction phase of the MeyGen Inner Sound tidal project. Over the next two years, Mojo will work closely with JFMS carrying out the detailed design, planning and execution of the subsea cable, foundation and turbine installation.
Richard Parkinson, Mojo’s Managing Director, said; “The MeyGen Inner Sound project represents a step change in the tidal energy industry and Mojo is delighted to be continuing its involvement. We are particularly pleased to be working with James Fisher Marine Services with whom we have an excellent relationship. Together, we are looking forward to delivering the world’s largest commercial tidal array.”
Previously, Mojo was involved in carrying out the project’s offshore front end engineering study and this week’s development represents a continuing presence in what is a game changing project. Offshore installation activities for the construction of the first phase (Phase 1A) of MeyGen’s ground breaking 398MW tidal array project in the Pentland Firth, Scotland, includes the installation of 4 X 1.5 megawatt turbines, support structures and export cables.
Commenting on the partnership Alan Heslop, JFMS project manager, said; “We are extremely pleased to be working with our key partner Mojo in this exciting tidal energy project. As MeyGen’s supply chain partner for the offshore marine installation element, this agreement with Mojo will enable us to provide our considerable marine operational expertise underpinned by their specialist marine project management support for the successful installation of the tidal array.
The 398MW MeyGen Project is 86.5 per cent owned by Atlantis Resources Ltd, and 13.5 per cent owned by Scottish Enterprise. Construction is expected to commence later this year with first power to the grid in 2016.
For further information about James Fisher and the Meygen Project, please follow the following links;



Mojo Maritime’s HF4 exceeds expectations with stunning simulated DP Performance

Mojo Maritime’s HF4 has demonstrated stunning DP (Dynamic Positioning) performance and manoeuvring characteristics based on results of simulations recently undertaken. Mojo Maritime has concluded the design of the advanced DP system in collaboration with GE and Voith Turbo and it has been tested in DP simulations and ship-handling simulators respectively. These systems provide an accurate model of vessel DP and handling capability. The target was to develop a vessel with the ability to hold station to a tight footprint in currents of up to 10 knots- this dramatically exceeds the capabilities of any vessels currently on the market, thereby providing major risk and cost reductions across a range of industries and operations.

The simulation tools used to design the DP system for the HF4 were based on collecting and analysing turbulence data from the Inner Sound, Pentland Firth. The current speeds and directions at this site fluctuate dramatically, making them very difficult for existing DP systems to cope with due to the changing variables, thereby confusing the DP software.

An extensive list of scenarios has been simulated based on a wide range of real-life operational and worst case situations. These scenarios have included failure of a thruster during operation, which is the worst single-point failure expected when operating in harsh environments.

The final results of the simulations were very impressive- the vessel demonstrated excellent station keeping at 10 knots even with the effects of the turbulence. The big test was the effect of single point thruster and systems failures- the results were astonishing:

Quote from Toby Bates, DP Training and Development, Mojo Maritime:

“The vessel was able to maintain station even in very extreme environmental conditions- 10 knots of current combined with 50 knot winds and 3m waves. We then failed the thrusters and systems and amazingly the vessel lost a small amount of position yet recovered within seconds.”

This extraordinary DP performance has the potential to deliver techno-economic advantages to a range of applications in the renewable energy sector- notably:

  • Tidal energy – where the vessel will have the capability to operate through neap and spring tides in even the most aggressive sites such as The Pentland Firth and Raz Blanchard. This has a major impact on operability and ultimately installation costs and production. Additionally, the vessel can provide rapid response on O&M interventions without having to wait for neap tides.
  • Offshore Wind- where the vessel can demonstrate better control and safety during cable laying and trenching operations. The DP system has been developed to provide excellent stability and a unique deck layout for better cable control and handling in harsh environmental conditions with a low risk of excursion.
  • Offshore Wind Operations and Maintenance – where the vessel’s unique bespoke Rapid DP system, which demonstrated capability during simulation of undertaking crew transfers every 4-6 minutes (compared to 35 minutes for existing vessels). This means the vessel can undertake 10 crew transfers an hour compared to 2 for a conventional vessel, leading to much higher uptime on technician’s hours.

Quote Richard Parkinson, Managing Director of Mojo:

“I am delighted with the performance of the vessel. It has exceeded our expectations during the simulations, with excellent stability and response in DP and manual operations. She is extremely rapid in acceleration, deceleration and turning and very stable in all conditions. Compared to a conventional vessel she is able to operate with current and wind from any direction, which makes set up on site much quicker and much more flexible. We are planning for the first vessel to be delivered in June 2016”

Toby Bates will be presenting the vessel at the upcoming SMM Conference in Hamburg where the vessel will feature on the Voith Simulator on stand 414, Hall A4, 9-12th September 2014.

Toby and the HF4 simulator will also be at the WindEnergy Hamburg conference, Hall B3, stand 218, 23-26th September 2014.

For further information please contact Richard Parkinson on 01326 218218

Mojo-DP Performance

Mojo France

Mojo Maritime Expands into France

Mojo Technical Director Richard Argal welcomes Mojo France's Ingénieur Responsible Filiale

Mojo Technical Director Richard Argal welcomes Max Morandeux, Mojo France’s Ingénieur Responsible Filiale

Mojo Maritime, the Falmouth based marine renewable energy experts, has expanded into France, having incorporated a wholly owned French subsidiary in response to the growing French tidal energy market.

Mojo Maritime France S.A.S. is headquartered in Cherbourg, Normandy, and has operations in Nantes, Western France. The company started trading on 1st May 2014 and has already begun the recruitment process. Over the next five years, Mojo Maritime expects its French office to consist of five people, bringing its total number of employees to 35.

The first project for Mojo Maritime France S.A.S. is the development of an innovative seabed preparation system which has applications for the tidal energy sector; a key area of development for the Cornish based company. This project is in conjunction with Cassis base company Geocean and is part funded by a grant administered by the French Government Agency ADEME.

Richard Parkinson, Managing Director of Mojo Maritime, commented: “The expansion of Mojo Maritime into France is an exciting step forward for us, as a Cornish-based business. We see the French tidal energy market as a key area of development and have been lucky enough to receive lots of support for our venture from local stakeholders. We are looking forward to seeing what the future holds for Mojo in both the UK and France and will be on hand at All Energy this week to discuss our plans further.”

Earlier this year, Mojo Maritime secured funding to develop, build and test their low motion floating platform for offshore LiDAR measurements (LiDAR is an advanced technology deployed in support of offshore wind energy farms) and the French expansion further amplifies their growing business.

The South West will be well represented at the upcoming All Energy Show in Aberdeen on 21-22 May, where representatives from renewable energy companies will be on hand to discuss the region’s offerings in the renewable energy industry as part of the South West Marine Energy Park’s offer.

Mojo Maritime will be situated on stand M19.