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News Release: GAC UK and Orcades Marine join forces

Grangemouth, 13 September 2019 – GAC UK and leading marine consultants Orcades Marine have joined forces to offer an array of consultancy services and specialist personnel to the industry.

David Thomson, Managing Director of Orcades Marine, and Herman Jorgensen, GAC UK’s Managing Director, at SPE Offshore Europe on 5th September

The partnership was formed in response to rapid developments in offshore and shipping technology and the growing marine and offshore renewable energy sector. It unites Orcades Marine’s decades of experience in maritime consultancy with the expertise and global reputation of GAC, the UK’s leading ship agent. read more

New Pilot Boat for Orkney

The new pilot boat “Scapa Pathfinder”, built for Orkney Islands Council (OIC) Marine Services, arrived today in Orkney after a smooth delivery trip from the Armon shipyard in Navia, Northern Spain. Orcades Marine were initially contracted to put together the specification based on the existing pilot boat the “John Rae” (delivered in 2010) but with “green” credentials meeting Tier III low emissions requirements. Orcades Marine consultants then provided superintendency and supervision of the build during the 14 month construction period and sea trials. read more

Ballast Water Sampling: 100th Event

Ali and Alex returning from another sampling event in Scapa Flow

Orcades Marine completed its 100th ballast water sampling on 27th July 2019. The first ballast water sampling event took place 27th April 2017 and has followed the success of the increase in the number of tankers undertaking Ship to Ship Operations in Scapa Flow. Ballast water sampling is undertaken on all tankers wishing to discharge ballast water is Scapa Flow and is in accordance with Orkney Islands Council Harbour Authority Ballast Water Management Policy for Scapa Flow in Orkney

Orcades Marine joins the Scottish Maritime Cluster


Orcades Marine have attended two interesting and informative workshops held this year by the fairly recently formed Scottish Maritime Cluster. The Scottish Maritime Cluster has been formed to promote Scotlands Maritime Industry.

Alexandra passes MSc in Marine Surveying – Congratulations Alex!

Ballast Water Sampling – Scapa Flow

A flurry of Ship to Ship Transfer operations took place over the weekend in Scapa Flow. The ballast water sampling team visited ballasted vessels at anchor in Scapa Flow on the Pilot Boat “John Rae” and undertook three sampling events in 36 hours.

Alex and Ali on the way to the second job
Night time over Scapa Flow – three sampling events completed

Port Operations Third Party Review – Prince Rupert Port Authority BC Canada

Our portfolio of completed ports and harbours consultancy work has taken us in an interesting direction in the last few months. We have been successful in securing some important work in British Columbia, Canada for the Prince Rupert Port Authority and with a small team of specialist consultants we have recently finished the second of two separate assignments for the Authority and have received a much appreciated reference from the Manager Marine Operations, Mr Brent Baxter.

“The Prince Rupert Port Authority has worked with Orcades over the last six months on two, time-sensitive, port operations related projects. In both instances the Orcades team was responsive, attentive, and thorough. I would not hesitate to recommend Orcades to colleagues seeking a third party review of or added experience with issues related to port operations.” read more

EOM Offshore form strategic link with Orcades Marine

Orcades Marine has been appointed to represent EOM Offshore in UK and Europe for their unique patented high power throughput stretch cable mooring technology. A new high power transmission product is planned for development for marine renewable applications particularly floating wave and tidal platforms and floating offshore wind.

•EOM Offshore’s Mechanically  Compliant EM Cable isolates the wave-induced energy • Robust, lasting through millions of cycles • Elongates 2.5 original length in rough seas, return to original length in calm seas • •Minimal watch circle •No disruption in real-time data or power transmission read more

Magallanes Install ATIR Tidal Turbine – Orcades Tow Master

On completion of the tow out and support duties for Leask Marine during the installation of the Magallanes ATIR at the Fall of Warness tidal site in Orkney the tug “Erlend” (operated by Orkney Islands Council Marine Services) with an Orcades Marine Tow Master on board departs.

Harbour Pier Extension Successfully Completed


Press Release

A new floating pier extension has just been completed at St Margaret’s Hope Pier in South Ronaldsay Orkney. The floating pier has been constructed from a steel flat top barge moored at right angles to the pier and provides approximately 20 metres of additional length to the existing pier, an additional 75 metres of berthing face for fishing, aquaculture and small workboats, and about 700 m2 of open storage area. The pier extension comes as a result of a business development plan that St Margaret’s Hope Pier Trustees commissioned to investigate cost effective ways to improve berthing and mooring facilities for users in the harbour at St Margaret’s Hope. The Trustees were keen to take into account any future expansion by existing users and the potential to encourage new business and visitors to St Margaret’s Hope. The floating extension to the fixed pier will accommodate the longer length of the new Pentland Ferries vessel. Orcades Marine Management Consultants Ltd based at Hatston were appointed as principal designers and project managers and the barge was sourced in the Netherlands and towed to Orkney by the multi-cat “C-Fenna” and the marine and shore works we carried out by Leask Marine Ltd. The floating pier extension is a temporary arrangement and the additional berthing, storage and protection it provides to users of the harbour at St Margaret’s Hope will be evaluated over the next two years.

Quote   from   Trustees/Chairman “The   floating   pier   extension   has   already   proved  its  worth, providing additional berthing and shelter for 11 vessels. It has proven to be a steady and stable platform in the worst conditions experienced so far this winter, and combined with the other pier improvements we are making, we hope it will encourage more vessels to use the Hope Pier. We engaged with local companies Orcades Marine Management Consultants as principal contractor and Leask Marine as sub-contractors to deliver this project for the Trust and we are very happy with the results, two local companies delivering to the highest standards”. read more