ICMS installs pontoon system in Scottish offshore wind farm


Supporting Scotland’s growing offshore energy sector, Inland and Coastal Marina Systems (ICMS) recently installed a heavy-duty pontoon system in Eyemouth Harbour as part of the new operations and maintenance (O&M) base for the Neart na Gaoith Offshore Windfarm.

The pontoon system comprises a 58 meter by 4 meter pontoon and a 27 meter by 4 meter pontoon, both with 1 meter freeboard to match that of the vessels, creating a quality berthing facility for crew transfer vessels (CTVs) serving the new windfarm, which is situated 15.5 kilometers off the coast of Fife.

A heavy-duty pontoon system has been installed at the Neart na Gaoith wind farm in Scotland. (Courtesy: Inland and Coastal Marina Systems)

With a capacity for displacement vessels up to 140 metric tons, both pontoons are connected to the shore via 28 meter by 1.5 meter access bridges and are topped with GRP decking suitable for commercial application, offering excellent anti-slip properties. “We installed NNG’s new pontoons in the busy harbor basin, on the marine side, during the build phase of the O&M building, which meant working closely with multiple contractors to ensure the project was completed safely and on time,” said Calum MacDougall, engineering sales manager at ICMS.

Illumination from high-level lighting further ensures safe working conditions for workers and CTV crews year-round during the commissioning and ongoing maintenance phases of the Neart na Gaoith Offshore Windfarm.

“We’ve been delighted to be involved with a project that will bring long lasting benefits to the local community, businesses and the economy,” MacDougall said.

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