Iceni vessels chartered to support gravity foundation demonstrator
The Gravity Foundation Demonstrator as seen from 'Iceni Courage'
UK vessel operator Iceni Marine Services is supporting Strukton Immersion Projects B.V over the summer at the Blyth Demonstrator project with two of their most experienced vessels, Iceni Spirit and Iceni Courage.
The vessels have now started running daily from the Port of Blyth, transferring crew and equipment to assist with the installation of the hybrid gravity based foundations, with the first offshore transfer to a gravity foundation (GBF06) made on Thursday 3rd August, 2017. Iceni Courage also provides overnight emergency response at the wind farm.
The gravity based foundations, developed by two BAM companies, BAM Nuttall and BAM Infra, are approaching completion on the Tyne in Newcastle with two of the five foundations successfully placed offshore.
Utilising self-installing technology, the gravity foundations use primarily their own weight to remain in position. With no need for any pile hammering during installation, this innovative technology has less impact on the marine environment and is anticipated to provide a more cost effective foundation solution for wind farms further offshore and with certain sea bed conditions.
By Jake Frith