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Mojo Maritime recognised for its expertise in complex tidal turbine retrieval project.

• Mojo successfully retrieves SABELLA’s D10 tidal energy turbine device during first phase of
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complex marine engineering project
• Mojo utilises innovative marine operations planning system, Mermaid®, which mitigated against weather and extreme tidal risks of project
• Turbine retrieval will allow device maintenance and optimisation to ensure a continued secure source of electricity

Selected as the world leader in tidal energy marine operations, Mojo Maritime – subsidiary of James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS), was awarded a contract with SABELLA SAS (SABELLA). A French tidal energy company, SABELLA required the retrieval and demonstration of re-installation of its D10 tidal turbine to enable planned maintenance to improve a continued secure source of electricity power supply.

The scope of the first phase of the tidal device contract included the design and manufacture of bespoke, project critical equipment, a remote launch and recovery system and docking frame, which were both manufactured and commissioned to a high standard exceptionally quickly to meet a very short lead time due to the project’s demanding schedule. The D10 turbine will be reinstalled during the autumn after a period of maintenance.

SABELLA’s D10 tidal turbine is the first device to have ever exported electricity onto the French power grid, achieving 70MWh of production so far. The device has been installed to provide electricity to nearby isolated Ushant Island, which previously produced all of its electricity with diesel generators, and its inhabitants are the first people to consume marine generated electricity in France.

Fanch Le Bris, SABELLA’s CEO said; “SABELLA’s team really enjoyed working with Mojo on this complex project with number of engineering and maritime challenges. We as a team have really appreciated your close collaboration, high level expertise and your capacity to manage potential situations of stress.”

The retrieval project was lead locally through Mojo Maritime France SA to allow efficient project management with SABELLA, local sub-contractors and coordination of all logistics within French waters. The operation was undertaken using the DP-3 vessel Aker Wayfarer.

Le Bris continued; “We also would like to highlight the quality of the vessel, ROV and all equipment involved in this operation which are also the key of success in such hostile environment as the Fromveur strait.”

Mojo Maritime is renowned for its specialist project management and consultancy services, utilising its sophisticated marine operations planning and analysis system, Mermaid®, to provide advanced understanding of the weather risk of the device retrieval project, and its potential impact on the schedule to enable significant cost reductions and project optimisation.

Richard Parkinson commented on the project’s success; “We are very pleased to have executed the first phase of this project against challenging deadlines. I am very proud of the Mojo team for developing innovative and robust solutions allowing for rapid, efficient and safe retrieval and reinstallation of the turbine. The design and fabrication of the LARS and berth in such a short time, just 4 weeks, was very impressive and took a huge effort. The results were excellent and we were able to draw on years of experience operating on tidal energy projects.”

The contract is a continuation of JFMS and Mojo Maritime’s success in the marine energy sector, which includes the Ramsay sound and MeyGen projects, and is a timely win, as the French government has recently committed to significant investment in marine renewable energy over the next seven years. Marine energy is part of its energy transition plan to build sustainable, green growth, with an aim of achieving 100MW of installed projects by 2023 and JFMS and Mojo are extremely well placed to deliver their combined expertise.

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.”

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.

Mojo Maritime reaches a major milestone in building the HF4 offshore construction vessel

Mojo Maritime has signed, on 16 January, a Memorandum of Understanding with Hammonia Reederei GmbH & Co. KG, a major German ship owner and manager, to finance and build the Hi Flo 4, the first ship in a completely new class of offshore construction vessels. As a result, Mojo and Hammonia, along with other Technology Strategy Board project partners, are now working together to appoint a shipyard and secure the first charter for this innovative and exciting new ship. Designed to operate in extreme tidal races, the Hi Flo 4 has extraordinary operational potential across a wide range of offshore construction roles.

In particular, the vessel has the potential to revolutionise the tidal energy sector. Specifically, it is designed to massively reduce the weather delays and risks in operating in tide races, and as a consequence has the potential to reduce current installation costs by up to 80%. In addition, it has been designed to allow rapid operations and maintenance intervention, independent of the state of the tide, therefore dramatically increasing project yields and dramatically reducing operations and maintenance costs. It also has the potential to provide highly competitive capability and performance in a wide range of other offshore construction roles, including offshore wind, cable laying and trenching, and sub-sea oil & gas interventions.

As part of the agreement with Hammonia, Mojo will be providing specialist offshore engineering and operations expertise, to complement Hammonia’s successful track record in ship management and project development. Hammonia, as part of the Döhle Group, will rely on Peter Döhle Schiffahrts-KG’s excellent competencies in chartering, crew management and insurance services.

Richard Parkinson, Managing Director of Mojo: “We are delighted to be working with Hammonia Reederei. They share our vision for the Hi Flo 4 vessel, and the two companies have highly complementary skill sets. Hammonia’s commitment to Hi Flo 4 demonstrates not only their confidence in the vessel, but also in the team that has brought the ship to this advanced design stage. It is a great day for Mojo.”

Rene Menzel, Managing Director of Hammonia: “We are very pleased indeed to be working with Mojo Maritime. From the first time we became aware of the Hi Flo 4, and its unique capabilities, we could see it had the potential to transform the offshore construction market. We are thus excited about the prospect of broadening our portfolio, and with such a highly capable ship. And we are also very pleased to be working with Mojo, given their unusual experience in marine renewable energy and offshore engineering and operations.”

For further information please contact Steven Jermy or Bart Vroon on 01326 218218

The Technology Strategy Board is the UK’s innovation agency. Its goal is to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation. Sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Technology Strategy Board brings together business, research and the public sector, supporting and accelerating the development of innovative products and services to meet market needs, tackle major societal challenges and help build the future economy. For more information please visit www.innovateuk.org.

Mojo Maritime Updates on HF4

Following the announcement in March 2013 that Mojo Maritime Ltd. was working on the development of their patented High Flow Installation Vessel (HF4), extensive progress has been made. The substantial amount of time and resources invested by Mojo Maritime Ltd. and their partners has ensured that the project remains on schedule. The basic design is expected to finish in early November and plan approval is now underway.

In parallel with the vessel’s technical development, Mojo Maritime Ltd. are engaging with stakeholders in the marine renewable energy market in order to drive commercialisation of the vessel. Although the HF4 is primarily designed for more efficient and safer marine operations in high tidal flows, the solid capabilities of the vessel have led to increasing interest from other marine renewable energy sectors, including offshore wind. The overall performance of the vessel is directly comparable to an Offshore Construction Vessel (OCV), but at a considerably lower capital cost.

Richard Parkinson, Mojo’s Managing Director, commented “The vessel’s size, performance and manoeuvrability make it an excellent tool for a whole range of offshore tasks including inter-array cable installation, trenching and remedial works in offshore wind farms.”

The vessel has a twin hull configuration powered by 4 Voith Schneider Propellers (VSP). Substantial optimisation has been carried with respect to the hydrodynamics of the twin hulls coupled with the VSP’s, thereby leading to excellent performance. With an overall length of 60 metres, a beam of 28 metres and the incredible amount of power, it is already being referred to as a “Pocket OCV”.

The vessel is being commercially developed to be available in summer 2015 with shipyard tendering and construction planned to commence in the 1st quarter of 2014. Mojo Maritime Ltd. has gathered a highly capable collaboration team consisting of Bauer Renewables (subsea drilling), Voith Turbo Marine Engineering (leading on basic design and supply of VSP’s), DNV (classification) and the University of Exeter (analysis of turbulence and input to DP simulation). The project is also receiving support from the Technology Strategy Board, the UK’s innovation agency, through its Marine Energy – Supporting Array Technologies (MESAT) Programme.

The Technology Strategy Board is the UK’s innovation agency. Its goal is to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation. Sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Technology Strategy Board brings together business, research and the public sector, supporting and accelerating the development of innovative products and services to meet market needs, tackle major societal challenges and help build the future economy. For more information please visit www.innovateuk.org.

Mojo Maritime Launches HiFlo-4 to Unlock Tidal Energy

Mojo Maritime revealed plans for its patented development of the HiFlo-4 Installation Vessel (HF4) at the Renewable UK 2013 Wave and Tidal Event in London. HiFlo-4 is a high performance vessel built around installation processes and the demanding environment experienced in tidal races such as The Pentland Firth. The launch focused on the vessel’s capability, the economic model and the commercial development of the project and is focused on safe, economic industrialisation of tidal energy.

The vessel is designed to operate using dynamic positioning in currents up to 10knots, allowing a high degree of accessibility and improved productivity during the construction phases of tidal energy farms- indeed the modelling carried out demonstrates that the vessel is capable of complete installation and hook up of 50 turbines per year equating to 70MW of installed capacity from a single vessel.

The vessel is a twin hull vessel powered by 4 Voith Schneider Propellers (VSP), with a high degree of attention on the hydrodynamics of the twin hulls coupled with the VSP’s. The vessel is capable of installing foundations, cables, subsea connectors and turbines in a wide range of conditions. The design has been inspired by Mojo’s work with Bauer on their award winning BSD-3000 Subsea Drill and provides a safe and economic platform for installing drilled foundations.