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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.”

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;

www.james-fisher.com

www.meygen.com

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 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.