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15 August 2018

New man at the helm of Dynamic Positioning team at Seacroft Marine

Aberdeen based marine assurance specialist Seacroft Marine Consultants Limited has appointed John Whitham to lead its Dynamic Positioning function, which supports marine operations in the offshore oil, gas and renewables sectors.

Mr Whitham has over 33 years’ experience in the marine sector – 23 years at sea, 11 of these as chief engineer on offshore supply and anchor handling vessels, and 10 years in technical management roles onshore. His technical focus in recent years has been on safe use of dynamic positioning (DP) systems offshore, particularly review and authoring of DP Failure Mode & Effects Analysis documents and the conduct of DP trials for vessel assurance purposes.

Michael Cowlam, technical director of Seacroft Marine Consultants, says: “Dynamic Positioning systems are continuing to grow in sophistication, keeping pace with the industry’s reliance on the systems to support safe vessel operation in extremely close proximity to offshore structures. John Whitham’s appointment reflects Seacroft’s commitment to staying at the forefront of DP engineering and system assurance offshore.”

The initiative complements other Seacroft services providing manual ship-handling training at Aberdeen Harbour’s full mission bridge simulator – addressing industry concerns that traditional ship-handling skills are being diluted as a new generation of more ‘technology-reliant’ bridge officers comes through.

John Whitham, dynamic positioning and marine engineering manager with Seacroft Marine Consultants says: “I’m delighted to be joining Seacroft – a company I have known and respected for years – in a leading role in my specialism of DP systems assurance.

The creation of John’s new role is a further demonstration of Seacroft’s confidence in the sustainability of the recovery in the North Sea marine sector since the downturn of 2014-2017. The company has reported over £1.5 million in new contract gains in 2018 and notes the number of drilling rigs and vessels returning to the market after periods of lay-up.

Further information from:

Terry McNeill, Seacroft Marine Consultants Limited
E: terry.mcneill@seacroftmarine.com  T: 01224 580026  M: 07941 329798

30 May 2018

Seacroft Marine lands TAQA contract

Aberdeen-based Seacroft Marine Consultants Limited has been awarded a marine consultancy contract in the UKCS by energy company TAQA.

Under the contract, Seacroft will provide marine assurance services over supply vessels (PSVs), Emergency Response & Rescue Vessels (ERRVs) and Anchor Handling Tugs (AHTs) supporting TAQA’s five installations and mobile drilling operations in the northern and central North Sea.

The contract will run for an initial period of three years and the scope provides for Seacroft to provide other marine consultancy services where required by TAQA.

Seacroft Marine director Jennifer Fraser welcomed the new contract: “We are pleased to be continuing our relationship with TAQA. This award comes at a time of increasing activity in Aberdeen’s marine sector and gives us confidence to continue to pursue Seacroft’s growth plans in the city.”

Further information from:

Terry McNeill, Seacroft Marine Consultants Limited.
E: terry.mcneill@seacroftmarine.com  T: 01224 580026  M: 07941 329798

Notes to Editors

Seacroft Marine announced in April that it had already added over £500,000 in new contracts won since the start of 2018 and, while no value for this latest TAQA award has been given, Seacroft describe it as a significant addition to that total.

Seacroft Marine is an Aberdeen-based marine consultancy providing advice, inspection and assurance services to offshore installation operators, drilling contractors and the support and emergency response vessels attending them.

Seacroft’s services include CMID & OVID vessel inspections, dynamic positioning assurance & trials, rig move services, International Safety Management (ISM) audits, Emergency Response & Rescue Vessel (ERRV) procedures and trials, technical authorship, incident investigation, and training in ship handling and bridge team management.

The company has a track record of innovation in the sector, including development of safe practices for sharing ERRVs and, in 2017, the launch of the Seacroft’s ‘SafeZone 500’ suite of ready-to-use procedures, training and audit tools which manage and mitigate risk of collision between offshore installations and their attending vessels.

Established in 1995 by Capt. Roderick MacSween, the business has been jointly owned and led since 2004 by his daughter, Jennifer Fraser and technical director Michael Cowlam.

Based at the distinctive Roundhouse at Aberdeen’s harbour mouth, Seacroft has a permanent staff of 15, the majority of whom are Master Mariners. The firm also retains some 80 further consultants specialising in aspects of marine assurance and trialling work

 

12 April 2018

Seacroft Marine reports over £500,000 in new contracts, as market improves.

Noting a significant upturn in marine activity supporting the UKCS oil and gas sector, Aberdeen-based Seacroft Marine Consultants Limited has reported more than £500,000 in new contracts won in the first 3 months of 2018.

In the most recent award, Seacroft has been contracted to deliver its SafeZone® 500 training programme to 300 offshore and marine personnel involved in ensuring safe vessel operations within the 500m safety zones around the un-named client’s platforms and drilling rigs in the southern North Sea.

Michael Cowlam, technical director of Seacroft Marine says: “Seacroft’s SafeZone® 500 programme, which we launched in 2017, is becoming established as the gold-standard suite of procedures, training and audit tools supporting safe management and operation of vessels in the 500m safety zone surrounding offshore installations.

“SafeZone® 500 has already been adopted by 7 leading operating companies on the UKCS and Seacroft have trained over 600 platform, rig and vessel personnel to the SafeZone® 500 standard; that figure will now rise to over 1,000 by the year end”, says Mr Cowlam

Other contract gains have included a major marine assurance contract with INEOS FPS, supporting all their vessel operations. This contract will also see Seacroft provide marine representatives to oversee safe operation of the monohull walk-to-work accommodation vessel Polar Queen during a three month project at the INEOS FPS Unity platform in the North Sea.

“Walk-to-work monohull accommodation vessels are relatively new to central and northern North Sea operations, so Seacroft are pleased to have this opportunity to lead in the development and oversight of innovative safe operating procedures for walk-to-work vessel use in combined accommodation and Emergency Response & Rescue Vessel (ERRV) roles,” continues Michael Cowlam

Reflecting the upturn in drilling activity, Seacroft have also provided project teams delivering marine assurance during drilling rig reactivations for North Sea work, while new initiatives surrounding the sharing of ERRVs have led clients to request Seacroft to re-evaluate numerous long standing ERRV sharing arrangements.

Jennifer Fraser, company director responsible for the commercial side of Seacroft’s business, says: “Seacroft Marine is an owner-managed, Aberdeen-based marine consultancy which means we have been well placed to respond quickly to our clients’ growing – and changing – needs in 2018. Seacroft has already been actively recruiting to new roles in the company and our projection is for continuing growth in business and employment as the year progresses.”

Photo: Seacroft Marine’s co-owners/directors Jennifer Fraser and Michael Cowlam, pictured in the company’s distinctive offices in the historic ‘Roundhouse’ on Aberdeen’s Pocra Quay

Further information from:

Terry McNeill, Seacroft Marine Consultants Limited.
E: terry.mcneill@seacroftmarine.com  T: 01224 580026  M: 07941 329798

Notes to Editors

Seacroft Marine is an Aberdeen-based marine consultancy providing advice, inspection and assurance services to offshore installation operators, drilling contractors and the support vessels attending them, and to ports and harbours.

Seacroft’s services include vessel procedures and trials, CMID & OVID vessel inspections, dynamic positioning assurance & trials, rig move services, International Safety Management (ISM) audits, technical authorship, marine awareness training, incident investigation, training in ship handling and bridge team management and port/marine safety procedures and audits.

The company has a track record of innovation in its sector, including development of safe practices for sharing ERRVs and, in 2017, the launch of the Seacroft’s ‘SafeZone 500’ suite of ready-to-use procedures, training and audit tools which manage and mitigate risk of collision between offshore installations and their attending vessels.

Established in 1995 by Capt. Roderick MacSween, the business has been jointly owned and led since 2004 by his daughter, Jennifer Fraser and technical director Michael Cowlam.

Based at the distinctive Roundhouse at Aberdeen’s harbour entrance, Seacroft has a core staff of 15, the majority of whom are Master Mariners and Marine Engineers. The firm also retains some 80 further consultants specialising in aspects of marine assurance and trialling work

For further information on Seacroft Marine Consultants services please visit www.seacroftmarine.com.

1 February 2018

Seacroft Marine to present ‘360° view’ of Dynamic Positioning standards at Dynamic Positioning Conference, London, 6 February

Michael Cowlam, technical director of Aberdeen’s Seacroft Marine Consultants Limited, is to present a 360° view of industry expectations and best practices at the Dynamic Positioning Europe Conference in London.

Offshore support vessels attending installations in the North Sea use sophisticated dynamic positioning systems to enable them to hold station safely, just metres from the structures they are supplying. Installation owners – and industry regulators – continually focus on the reliability of these systems and their operating procedures in the drive to eliminate even minor collisions; indeed systems are exhaustively checked every time a vessel approaches within 500m of an offshore installation.

Michael Cowlam says: “Seacroft are well placed to comment on the priorities, opportunities and challenges facing the industry, as we interface with installation operators, vessel owners, regulators and industry bodies. My presentation will draw on that perspective, setting out a collective insight into current best practice and opportunities for improvement.”

When functioning to their full potential, DP systems – like aircraft instrument landing systems – are widely acknowledged to be very reliable and accurate compared to human ‘joystick’ control, and vessel systems are protected by layers of ‘redundancy’. However, again as with aircraft, the potential consequences of failure are so serious that no industry effort is spared in managing and mitigating these risks – and ensuring that experienced human intervention is on hand.

UK North Sea incidents have so far been confined to minor structural damage, but in the industry’s worst such incident a vessel collided with a bridge-linked oil platform in India’s Mumbai High field, starting a fire which destroyed the North Platform with the loss of 22 lives, and also destroyed the vessel.

Michael Cowlam continues: “While technology development and reliability improvement are continuing themes, procedures, controls, communication, crew competence and currency of experience are priorities we regularly hear voiced by installation operators and safety regulators. They look to us to reflect these priorities in the marine assurance work we undertake on vessels. By addressing these issues at the conference, I hope to contribute to widening awareness and debate across senior levels of the industry.”

Dynamic Positioning Europe on 6th February, part of the larger OSJ Conference on 7th-8th February, both events being organised by the Offshore Support Journal and taking place at the Novotel London West in Hammersmith.

Seacroft Marine is also nominated for the OSJ Safety Award, recognising Seacroft’s innovative SafeZone 500® suite of procedures, training and audit tools which manage and mitigate the risk of collision between vessels attending offshore installations. The awards will be presented at the OSJ Conference Dinner on 8th February.

Further information from:

Terry McNeill, Seacroft Marine Consultants Limited.
E: terry.mcneill@seacroftmarine.com  T: 01224 580026  M: 07941 329798

Notes to Editors

Seacroft Marine is an Aberdeen-based marine consultancy providing advice, inspection and assurance services to offshore installation operators, drilling contractors and the support vessels attending them, and to ports and harbours.

Seacroft’s services include vessel procedures and trials, CMID & OVID vessel inspections, dynamic positioning assurance & trials, rig move services, International Safety Management (ISM) audits, technical authorship, marine awareness training, incident investigation, training in ship handling and bridge team management and port/marine safety procedures and audits.

The company has a track record of innovation in its sector, including development of safe practices for sharing ERRVs and, in 2017, the launch of the Seacroft’s ‘SafeZone 500’ suite of ready-to-use procedures, training and audit tools which manage and mitigate risk of collision between offshore installations and their attending vessels.

Established in 1995 by Capt. Roderick MacSween, the business has been jointly owned and led since 2004 by his daughter, Jennifer Fraser and technical director Michael Cowlam.

Based at the distinctive Roundhouse at Aberdeen’s harbour entrance, Seacroft has a core staff of 15, the majority of whom are Master Mariners and Marine Engineers. The firm also retains some 80 further consultants specialising in aspects of marine assurance and trialling work

For further information on Seacroft Marine Consultants services please visit

www.seacroftmarine.com

 

John Whitham, Dynamic Positioning and Marine Engineering Manager at Seacroft Marine Consultants Limited

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