James Fisher has signed a charter agreement with Go Marine Group for the exclusive use of its Multi-purpose Service Vessel

As in many areas of the industry, it seems James Fisher has a project backlog, but the company is going about tackling it in a proactive way.

Go Electra was mobilised by JF Renewables and James Fisher Subtech in March 2022

Go Electra was mobilised by JF Renewables and James Fisher Subtech in March 2022

The agreement will see the Go Electra ship used, throughout the remainder of 2022, by its marine group companies James Fisher Renewables (JF Renewables) and Seawork 2022 exhibitor James Fisher Subtech. The investment is aimed at adding much needed additional security for customers amid cost and supply chain crunches in the industry.

More uptime

James Fisher says the long-standing agreement will see the implementation of quicker response times and tailored health and safety standards, as well as stabilised and reliable day rates for customers. In addition, there will be an increase in operational uptime, with a consistent crew and shortened mobilisation and demobilisation times between projects resulting in boosted productivity and sustainability due to fewer overall transits to shore.

The company selected the Go Electra following an extensive vessel research and evaluation process. The vessel was built in 2011 and measures around 80m in length with DP2 (dynamic positioning) capabilities. It has an onboard capacity of 66 crew and passengers.

The Go Electra will be mobilised in and around UK waters, largely on unexploded ordnance identification with remotely operated vehicles (ROV), IMR activities and air diving projects – core services for both James Fisher Renewables and James Fisher Subtech.

The vessel will be configured with a fully integrated, hanger deployed WROV (Work-Class Remotely Operated Vehicle) and Observation Class ROV with the added flexibility of switching between a 3rd ROV and Air Diving Spread.

John Ewen, Assets and Operations Director at JF Subtech, told Maritime Journal: “The Go Electra is the ideal vessel for our project backlog this year, and really cements our position in the market by allowing us to be agile, reactive and competitive with the flexibility to cover both Air Diving & ROV campaigns and continue to commit to our sustainability goals across the renewables and subsea sectors.”

The news follows JF Renewables’ completion of phase one of UXO (unexploded ordnance) identification at RWE’s Sofia Offshore Windfarm in 2021, with the Go Electra earmarked for use on phase two from May 2022.

Hear more about James Fisher Subtech’s wide-ranging activities at Seawork 2022 on stand G82.