Vattenfall adopts James Fisher’s pioneering marine project optimisation system, Mermaid®.

  • James Fisher Marine Services secures order from one of Europe’s leading energy companies, Vattenfall, for Mermaid®
  • Vattenfall will utilise Mermaid® for the strategic planning of its offshore wind farm operations
  • Mermaid® is a sophisticated marine project optimisation and weather risk mitigation system set to enable huge operational cost-savings

James Fisher Marine Services, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, is proud to announce that Vattenfall, one of Europe’s leading -wind park operators, has ordered a full Mermaid® system license for the strategic planning of its offshore wind farm operations.

Mermaid® provides increased understanding of the impact of weather and tidal forces on a project’s schedule to companies involved in marine operations. By accurately simulating marine operations against historical weather and tidal data, Mermaid®enables enhanced decision-making in the early planning stages to support significant cost-savings through project optimisation.

Since its launch by Mojo Maritime – a trading division of JFMS – in autumn 2015, Mermaid® has seen significant interest from the marine industry, and become intrinsic to early adopter’s project planning processes. Vattenfall was a key participant in the development of the Mermaid system, providing user testing and feedback during its late development phases prior to launch and has gone on to order a full license.

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“Mermaid is a comprehensive solution for our marine weather risk modelling. We need to know how much and for how long the weather will cost us, and Mermaid supplies the answers. It’s fully flexible, being able to model the smallest operations to large-scale programmes and its easy-to-use interface allows us to model fast, and iterate project plans quickly.” Explained Anne Lina Holy, project simulation analyst at Vattenfall.

With a proven track record of success, Mermaid® allows users to realistically simulate marine operations to uncover risks and critical operations prior to going offshore, which can be critical to the success and cost-effectiveness of an operation. Its flexible licensing model makes it affordable for the smallest marine operators to the largest project developers and new users can benefit from a two-week trial period as well.

“The high quality platform design ensuring that policies for data security and data protection are met, as well as a reliable update mechanism, means that Mermaid fits easily within our IT policies and infrastructure,” said Anders Wilhelmsson, IT demand, business area wind at Vattenfall.

“Not to mention, the support from Mojo developers is first-class; responsive, helpful and knowledgeable.” Holy adds.

Mojo Maritime une nouvelle fois reconnu pour son expertise suite au relevage d’une hydrolienne

 

  • Mojo Maritime récupère l’hydrolienne Sabella D10 durant la première phase d’un projet d’ingénierie maritime délicat
  • Mojo Maritime utilise son logiciel Mermaid® pour évaluer le risque météo du projet notamment lié aux forts courants marins
  • Un relevage pour maintenance, retour d’expérience et optimisation2

Sélectionné comme leader mondial pour la pose d’hydroliennes, Mojo Maritime – filiale de James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS), a récemment remporté un contrat avec SABELLA SAS (SABELLA), PME bretonne qui développe une technologie hydrolienne. SABELLA devait relever la machine et démontrer la faisabilité de la réinstallation de l’hydrolienne D10. Cette opération devait par la suite permettre à SABELLA de réaliser ses opérations de maintenance planifiées pour continuer à améliorer et sécuriser cette source d’énergie électrique nouvelle pour l’île d’Ouessant.

La première phase des travaux comprenait le design et la fabrication d’équipements sur-mesure, un palonnier de levage ainsi qu’un berceau d’amarrage de la machine à bord du navire. Ces derniers ont été conçus et mis sur pied avec une extrême qualité et dans un temps record du fait des impératifs calendaires liés au projet. L’hydrolienne D10 sera réinstallée à l’automne après une période de maintenance.

L’hydrolienne SABELLA D10 est la première machine du genre à avoir exporté de l’électricité sur le réseau français en y ayant injecté 70MWh jusque-là. Elle a été installée dans le but de fournir de l’électricité à l’île voisine d’Ouessant, qui jusqu’à présent était exclusivement alimentée par des groupes électrogènes et dont les habitants sont maintenant les premiers à consommer de l’électricité d’origine EMR en France.

Le directeur-général de SABELLA, Fanch Le Bris, se félicite de cette collaboration : « L’équipe de SABELLA a vraiment apprécié travailler avec Mojo Maritime sur ce projet aux enjeux d’ingénierie marine complexes. En effet, notre équipe a beaucoup apprécié votre étroite collaboration, votre réactivité et votre expertise de haute qualité ainsi que votre capacité à gérer les potentielles situations de stress. »

Mojo Maritime a pris en charge le relevage de l’hydrolienne D10 via sa filiale locale Mojo Maritime France SAS, basée à Cherbourg et à Nantes. Une organisation efficace ainsi qu’une maîtrise des aspects logistiques dans les eaux territoriales françaises ont donc été mises en place avec SABELLA et les autres sous-traitants locaux. Les opérations ont été menées avec le navire DP-3 Aker Wayfarer.

Fanch Le Bris ajoute : « Nous aimerions également souligner la qualité et les larges capacités du navire, des ROVs et des autres équipements impliqués dans cette opération. La combinaison de l’ensemble de ces points sont des éléments clés au succès d’une telle opération dans un environnement hostile comme le passage du Fromveur. »

Mojo Maritime est reconnu pour ses services spécialisés de management de projet et d’expertise-conseil en utilisant notamment son logiciel Mermaid® de planification et d’analyse des opérations en mer. Mermaid® permet en effet de mieux comprendre le risque météo associé au projet de relevage de la machine D10 et les potentiels impacts sur le planning, tout ceci dans le but d’optimiser les opérations d’installation et de réduire les coûts de manière significative.

Richard Parkinson, directeur-général de Mojo Maritime, ajoute : « Nous sommes très heureux d’avoir exécuté cette première phase du projet dans les délais impartis. Je suis fier de notre équipe qui a su développer des solutions robustes et novatrices permettant un relevage et une repose (démonstration) rapide, efficace et en toute sécurité de l’hydrolienne D10. La conception et la fabrication du palonnier et du berceau s’est faite en un temps record, 4 semaines, ce qui est impressionnant et qui a mobilisé un effort énorme de notre équipe. Les résultats sont excellents et nous permettent de capitaliser sur nos années d’expérience en termes d’installations hydroliennes ».

La turbine D10 sera réinstallée à l’automne après une période de maintenance. Ce contrat est une continuité du succès de JFMS et Mojo Maritime dans le secteur des énergies marines renouvelables, incluant les projets TEL au Pays de Galles (Ramsay Sound) et MeyGen en Ecosse. Ceci est également une réussite sur plus long terme puisque le gouvernement français s’est récemment engagé à investir considérablement dans les EMR dans les années à venir. Les énergies marines font effectivement partie du plan de transition énergétique qui a pour but de produire 100MW d’électricité à partir de sources renouvelables d’ici 2023.

Mojo Maritime launches Mermaid, a sophisticated marine project optimisation system set to enable huge operational cost-savings

PRESS RELEASE
20 October 2015

Mojo Maritime launches Mermaid, a sophisticated marine project optimisation system set to enable huge operational cost-savings.
 Mermaid set to enable massive cost-savings through project and risk optimisation for a huge variety of marine operations
 Recently completed successful testing and feedback phase with key industry clients
 System allows users to realistically simulate marine operations to uncover risks and critical operations prior to going offshore

After a successful period of detailed testing with a number of key clients, Mojo Maritime, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has launched its innovative marine operations planning and risk optimisation system, Mermaid.

Mermaid (Marine Economic Risk Management Aid) gives companies involved in marine operations increased understanding of the impact of weather and tidal forces on a project’s schedule. By accurately simulating marine operations against historical weather and tidal data, Mermaid enables enhanced decision-making in the early planning stages to support significant cost-savings through project optimisation.

The system, which has undergone testing on a range of users, including an industry leading project development company, two marine services companies and a leading Russell Group University, allowed Mojo to gain vital feedback on the system prior to launch.
“We were delighted to be asked to take part in the testing of Mojo’s Mermaid software. I have been very impressed by the standard of the software and the level of detail which can be derived and am in no doubt that this level of planning will become the norm.” Explained Tom Bewley, project engineer for Modus Seabed Intervention who supported the testing phase.

Mermaid will allow users to realistically simulate marine operations to uncover risks and critical
operations prior to going offshore, enabling enhanced decision making in the early planning
stages, which can be critical to the success and cost-effectiveness of an operation.
Mojo has been using the software internally for the last two years as a consultancy tool, but it’s
now available as a stand-alone product. With significant interest from companies involved in
offshore operations, it is anticipated that Mermaid will prove popular for a number of key
applications, including project planning and optimisation, bid preparation and review, vessel and port selection, as well as weather risk profiling and design.
“Having used Mermaid to help our clients understand the impact of weather risk, we understand that there is huge value in being able to set up, edit and compare individual simulations. I am hugely excited that we can now offer this powerful software as a desktop version.” Explained Dr Richard Walker.

Mermaid already has a proven track record of success, having been deployed on a number of
projects for high profile clients in the offshore wind, wave and tidal sectors. The system was
used to analyse cable-laying methods for offshore wind farms to determine the preferred
method for cable storage and deployment and the vessel spread required to minimise cost,
duration and risk. It has also demonstrated when it’s possible to perform certain operations in
marginal weather (where critical tasks had formerly been suspended) with minimal risk.
Another case assessing the foundation installation for offshore windfarms found cost and time
could be halved by getting the installation vessel to track back and forth between the site and
port instead of trying to transfer equipment from barges at sea.

Mojo Maritime’s managing director, Richard Parkinson, said “The analysis we can perform with
Mermaid gives us invaluable knowledge of individual marine operations and allows cost and risk reduction to be performed early and successfully. We have demonstrated on numerous projects that Mermaid is accurate, informative and powerful.”

Ends

Notes to editor:

Mojo Maritime Ltd is a subsidiary of James Fisher and Sons plc. Mojo Maritime specialises in project management, engineering and consultancy services for the offshore renewable energy industry. With its experienced team of analysts, engineers, naval architects and master mariners Mojo has built a successful track record supporting multiple high profile projects in offshore wind, wave and tidal energy. In addition, Mojo actively develops a range of products geared towards reducing the inherent risks and costs of working offshore.

For more information visit: www.mojomaritime.com and www.mojomermaid.com

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 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. 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 clients’ projects and services.

For more information see www.james-fisher.com

Business contact:
Matt Hodson
Business Development Manager
Mojo Maritime Ltd
Tel: +44 (0)1326 218218
E-mail : matt.hodson@mojomaritime.com

Media contact:
Ruth Harvey
James Fisher and Sons plc
Tel: +44 (0)1565 652720
E-mail: ruth.harvey@james-fisher.com

Mojo Maritime teste son logiciel Mermaid de planification des travaux maritimes et se prépare à sa commercialisation.

  • Mermaid soumis à des tests d’acceptabilité de la part d’utilisateurs choisis parmi nos principaux clients avant sa commercialisation
  • Phase de tests critique pour fournir un système simple d’utilisation pour des simulations sophistiquées de travaux maritimes complexes
  • Mermaid permet aux utilisateurs de simuler de manière réaliste les opérations en mer pour y soulever les risques et les tâches critiques associées avant les sorties en mer

Mojo Maritime a développé un outil innovant de planification de projets maritimes, Mermaid, qui donne aux entreprises impliquées dans les travaux maritimes une compréhension plus détaillée de l’impact de la météo et des courants de marées sur le calendrier des projets, permettant ainsi d’améliorer la prise de décisions dès les premières phases de planification.

Mermaid (Marine Economic Risk Management Aid) est un logiciel innovant qui simule les travaux maritimes avec une grande précision en utilisant des données météo et de marées passées ce qui permet une diminution significative des coûts grâce à l’optimisation des projets. Le logiciel est actuellement en phase de tests avec nos principaux clients dans l’optique de le commercialiser vers la fin Octobre 2015.

Ces tests d’acceptabilité de la part des utilisateurs est une phase critique garantissant que les fonctions, les compétences et l’utilisation du logiciel aient été testées en conditions réelles. Les retours d’expérience des clients participants à cette phase de tests sont précieux pour s’assurer que Mermaid est prêt à mener les procédures de planification de l’industrie maritime encore plus loin.

L’expert de Mojo, Dr Rich Walker, explique : « En calibrant avec précision les données météo de plusieurs années passées (typiquement entre 10 et 23 années), comprenant la hauteur des vagues, les états de mer, la force du vent et les vitesses et directions des courants, Mermaid permet aux entreprises de choisir les navires, ports, méthodes et procédés les plus appropriés en fonction de n’importe quelle date de lancement du projet. »

Dr Walker ajoute : « Ceci a une implication massive sur la diminution des coûts pour une large gamme d’opérations en mer, en partant des EMR jusqu’au secteur de l’Oil&Gas en incluant également le monde du transport maritime et des assurances. »

Le développement de Mermaid a commencé il y a 5 ans par le programme de recherche mené par Rich Walker à l’Université d’Exeter et après plusieurs années d’utilisations internes par Mojo en tant qu’outil d’expertise-conseil, la société a eu l’intention de le rendre aussi disponible que possible pour le secteur maritime.

« Vous ne pouvez pas changer la météo, mais avec Mermaid, vous serez peut-être capable de contrôler plusieurs éléments de votre projet qui sont impactés par la météo et ainsi développer des solutions ingénieuses pour diminuer les risques » conclue Dr Walker.

Mojo Maritime @ MRE Manche 2015, Le Havre

Mojo Maritime France exposera les 6 et 7 octobre 2015 au salon MRE Manche au Havre. N’hésitez pas à venir assister à la présentation le mardi 6 octobre à 14h15 sur l’intégration de l’expérience étrangère dans les parcs français.

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.”

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.

Note.
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.