Grant to shape offshore wind vessel of the future

Design of Manor Renewable Energy’s latest crew transfer vessel for the fast-growing offshore wind industry will be shaped with the help of a £50,000 grant to support innovation and cost-saving.

Manor Renewable Energy was awarded the highest grant from the £6m SCORE fund towards research for a £4million sister vessel to its one-year-old Manor Venture, currently working for Siemens on the Galloper Offshore Wind Farm.

The 26-metre vessel was designed by naval architect James Walker, Walker Marine Design, to spend prolonged time offshore with large “ship style” cabins, office space for clients and mess rooms for technicians and engineers.

Its maiden contract supporting Siemens’ work on the Galloper wind farm off the UK’s east coast, refuelling and maintenance of all of the 56 116 KVA generators on the 56 turbines.

Mr Walker will design a new vessel over the next year to service the new generation of offshore wind farms alongside the growth of Manor Renewable Energy’s business in the East of England.

David Burrows, Business Development Manager, said the SCORE grant provided the “right support for us at the right time.”

It will help fund research with wind farm operators and developers to find out what features, design and capability a second vessel would need to save more time on projects, therefore saving costs. Minimising transfer times in and out to sea is paramount as is reducing the number of times personnel have to climb the towers, he said.

“The Manor Venture has been brilliant and innovative in itself, but we are now looking at how we can increase its lifting capacity with different types of cranes and winches but without having to use a DP (dynamic positioning) vessel, which is very costly if not necessary. Things we are looking to introduce include more comfortable motions on board with comfortable cabin space so people can stay for much longer periods offshore, catering personnel permanently on board, day and night shifts incorporating new technologies that aren’t seen in conventional crew vessels.

“Our SCORE grant will contribute to developing what operators want, the facilities, capability and features of the future. There are huge opportunities for people who can get out there and grab it. The grant process was simple and straightforward.”

“Our pitch is about staying out at sea longer but we are also looking to find out what else we do when we’re out there, such as remedial work, operations and maintenance, sea fastening design and fabrication, bolting and tensioning works.”

The Manor Venture, built in 2016, is fitted with six double cabins above deck to allow technicians to stay out at sea, reducing fuel costs and giving the techs more time up the towers. It is a real USP for us, helping our clients limit their downtime.”

The vessel, estimated to cost between £3-4million, would be built, like the Manor Venture, at their vessel construction yard in Portland on the south coast. Both vessels will be able to work anywhere in Europe.

Rob Bush, SCORE programme manager, said researching operator’s future needs, as offshore wind farms moved into and beyond operational stages, was an ideal use for a SCORE grant.

“This industry is all about saving costs. Offshore wind farms need to be managed in the cost-efficient way long-term, as well as at construction stage. To use a SCORE grant to talk to operators about features needed and come up with a new design of vessel to effect that is what SCORE is all about – shaping the future of offshore wind off the east coast.”

SCORE offers grants to help companies across England to develop new products, processes and ideas which bring economic benefit to the East of England.

Grants are available to start-up and established companies for up to 40% of eligible costs or £50,000, whichever is the lower, with a minimum grant of £2,500.

The programme is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is open to companies with fewer than 250 employees and an annual turnover of less than 50 million euros.

The funding is designed to help companies in a wide range of areas, including research and development, collaboration with universities and research bodies, securing patents, acquiring specialist equipment or services and investigating the commercial viability of processes and technologies.

Companies can also access up to 12hrs of subsidised business support from enterprise agency Nwes to help grow and develop their business.

The current programme is delivered by Nwes, the largest enterprise agency in the UK and in partnership with energy industry experts Nautilus Associates and the national Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult centre.

To find out more about SCORE grants and eligibility, visit:
http://www.scoregrants.co.uk

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ABOUT SCORE
The Supply Chain Innovation for Offshore Renewable Energy (SCORE) programme is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is open to companies with fewer than 250 employees and an annual turnover of less than 50 million euros.
The funding is designed to help companies in a wide range of areas, including research and development, collaboration with universities and research bodies, securing patents, acquiring specialist equipment or services and investigating the commercial viability of processes and technologies.
Companies can also access up to 12hrs of subsidised business support from regional enterprise agency Nwes to help grow and develop their business.
The current programme is delivered by the Nwes, the largest enterprise agency in the UK and in partnership with energy industry experts Nautilus Associates and the national Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult centre.
Follow SCORE on Twitter at @SCOREgrants

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Manor Renewable Energy Manor Venture will be joined by a sister vessel with the help of a SCORE grant. From left to right: David Burrows, Manor Renewable Energy Business Development Manager, Eric Briar, Managing Director, and James Walker, of naval architects Walker Marine Design.

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Issued on behalf SCORE by TMS Media
For more information contact SCORE project manager Rob Bush on 01502 509388, Robert.bush@nwes.org.uk
Rachel Moore at TMS Media, 01493 662929, rachel@tms-media.co.uk

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Angela Grey

Angela Grey is the newest member of the team at OrbisEnergy and joined as Centre Coordinator in July 2017.  She brings over 20 years experience of sales and customer service.

Angela is new to offshore renewables and is eager to build a sound knowledge of the industry.

Devon Mills

Devon has joined the team at OrbisEnergy as an Administration Coordinator in November 2014 and more recently a Senior Coordinator in January 2016. Having previously worked within various customer service roles she is pleased to be able to apply her skills and knowledge to her position at OrbisEnergy.

She is keen to build a strong understanding within the Offshore Renewable industry, whilst being able to develop a good mind for business and sales.

Johnathan Reynolds

Johnathan is responsible for all aspects of business and supply chain development for the flagship innovation and incubation centre for offshore renewables in the east of England, OrbisEnergy.

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