The Magazine for Underwater Professionals
4th June 2018
A consortium of companies from the south-west of England has developed a low-cost dynamic positioning (DP) barge for work in the marine energy industry.
Innovate UK funded 50% of the £3 million-plus project, which comprised ITPEnergised, dynamic positioning system developer Reygar, marine construction contractor and vessel owner Keynvor Morlift and A&P Falmouth.
The flat-top Mormaen 15 DP1 barge was successfully trialled off Falmouth in March following five and a half years of research, a spokesman for the consortium said.
Mormaen 15 is 60 metres long and 22 metres wide and has a Reygar StemTide dynamic positioning control system that can be operated in automatic, weathervane and joystick modes, said the spokesman.
He added that the vessel will be deployed on tidal, wave and wind energy projects for transportation, installation, operations and maintenance and decommissioning works.
The vessel can also be used for survey, cable lay, subsea drilling and grouting, nearshore marine construction and salvage projects, the spokesman said.
“The DP barge project set out to deliver a cost-efficient and versatile construction platform for the transportation, installation, maintenance and decommissioning of marine energy devices, and for a variety of marine construction and installation projects,” he said.