Seacat Services, the offshore energy support vessel (OESV) operator, has been recognized as a “safety champion” by offshore wind project developer Ørsted. The company has received an award in reflection of the high safety standards set by its crews at the 573-MW Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm.
Incentivizing and maintaining offshore wind safety performance remains a core focus for the industry as projects increase in scale. Establishing robust lines of communication between all parties working on site — from the project developer, to contractors and vessel operators — plays a vital role in minimizing the risks inherent in marine construction.
Seacat Services has been working to support construction and commissioning at Ørsted’s Race Bank project for 18 months under the terms of a two-year, four-vessel charter signed in April 2016. During this time, catamarans Seacat Courageous, Seacat Magic, Seacat Mischief, and Seacat Volunteer have safely completed more than 27,000 crew and equipment transfers, covering a total distance exceeding two trips around the globe.
Underpinning this period of successful operations has been the diligent approach of Seacat Services’ crews and operations personnel, not only in following the firm’s own ISM-approved safety management protocols but also in engaging directly with the project management team on a regular basis to promptly address on-site safety concerns.
Both of these factors were recognized at Ørsted’s “Safety Through to Completion” Forum, at which Seacat Services was presented with the Safety Champion award.
“At Ørsted, we never compromise on safety standards, and Seacat Services has followed this example, handling all safety-related matters in an exemplary way,” said Jason Ledden, construction project manager for Race Bank at Ørsted U.K. “We have developed a strong, collaborative relationship with the team, working together to ensure safety on the Race Bank project. This means Seacat Services is a worthy ‘Safety Champion.’”
“It’s extremely satisfying to see our crews at Race Bank rewarded for their efforts,” said Ian Baylis, managing director of Seacat Services. “Safety is very much part of the ‘day job’ for us as we manage complex logistical charters, and keeping technicians safe and in good condition to work is always the top priority. “It’s also great to see further proof that this is a priority shared by the team at Ørsted, who have certainly played their part in helping us maintain high standards of operation.”
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