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Mojo Maritime tests its Mermaid marine operations project planning tool in readiness for launch.

  • Mermaid put through user acceptance testing with key clients prior to launch
  • Testing phase critical to deliver an easy to use system that provides sophisticated simulation of complex marine operations
  • Allows users to realistically simulate marine operations to uncover risks and critical operations prior to going offshore

Mojo Maritime has developed an innovative marine project planning system, Mermaid, which gives companies involved in marine operations a more detailed understanding of the impact of weather and tidal forces on a project’s schedule, enabling enhanced decision making in the early planning stages.

Mermaid, Marine Economic Risk Management Aid, is an innovative software solution which accurately simulates marine operations against historical weather and tidal data to support significant cost-savings through project optimisation. The system is currently undergoing detailed testing with a number of key clients, with a view to launching towards the end of October 2015.

The user acceptance testing phase is critical to ensure that that the function, capability and usability of the software has been tested in real world situations. The feedback received from participating clients will be invaluable in ensuring that Mermaid is ready to take the marine industry’s planning processes onto the next level.

Mojo’s senior analyst, Dr Rich Walker, explains: “By calibrating accurate weather information dating back over many years (typically between 10 and 23 years), factoring in wave height, sea conditions, wind strength and current velocity and direction, Mermaid enables companies to select the best vessels, ports, methods and processes to suit any proposed project start date.”

Dr Walker adds: “This has massive cost-saving implications for a huge variety of marine operations from the offshore renewable market to the oil and gas industries, as well as the shipping and insurance world.”

The development of Mermaid began five years ago as Dr Walker’s PhD research at the University of Exeter and after several years use as a consultancy tool by Mojo, the company set its sights on making the software tool as accessible as possible.

“You cannot change the weather, but with Mermaid, you might be able to control the various elements of your project that are impacted by the weather, and engineer out your risk.”, concludes Dr Walker.

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.

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.”