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Dr Gareth Davies wins “Outstanding Contribution”

Dr Gareth Davies, Managing Director of Aquatera Ltd and Co-Director of Orcades Marine wins the prestigious “Outstanding Contribution” to the renewable energy industry at the Scottish Green Energy Awards in Edinburgh on St Andrews Day, 30th November 2017. Gareth has been publicly acknowledged for his dedication, innovation and determination to champion the renewable energy industry by deservedly winning the “Oustanding Contribution” award. Well done Gareth!

Vacancy – Exciting Opportunity for Graduate Naval Architect

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This post is part of the ScotGrad Programme and is part funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and European Regional Development Fund

Orcades Marine Asia – New office Singapore

Orcades Marine Asia Directors outside new office at CleanTech One.

Ballast Water Sampling Team

Awarded the contract by Orkney Islands Council Harbour Authority in March 2017 the dedicated team of ballast water samplers has become well practised meeting the challenges of the task. The image shows part of the ballast water sampling team returning from a job on board a tanker prior to a Ship to Ship cargo transfer operation in Scapa Flow.

(Orkney Harbour Authority operates a stringent policy on the control and management of ships’ ballast water; to provide protection for the important marine environment and the rich natural marine biodiversity within Scapa Flow). read more

Orcades Visit to Magallanes Renovables

Spanish tidal energy developer Magallanes Renovables has revealed it will install the blades for its ATIR floating tidal platform at the end of this September.

The ATIR floating tidal platform has been anchored in Ria de Vigo estuary, located in the Spanish region of Galicia, since July 11, 2017, in an area with the water depth of 25 meters.

The platform will be fitted with turbine blades in a diving operation scheduled to take place three weeks from now, at the end of September, to conduct trials, the company said. read more

Visit to Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard

David Thomson MD and colleagues from Orcades Marine Asia and OceanPixel visited the Sembcorp Marine ballast water treatment test platform facility at the  Admiralty Yard Singapore.


Orkney marine energy consultancies, Orcades Marine Management Consultants Ltd (OMMC), and Aquatera have formed a new Singapore based partnership with local company Ocean Pixel to provide marine operations planning, management and verification services.

The new company – Orcades Marine Asia Pte Ltd – combines the pioneering global experience expertise gained through the work of OMMC and Aquatera with the in depth understanding of South East Asia provided by OceanPixel.

The primary focus of Orcades Marine Asia will be to provide operational management of marine renewable energy installations, including tidal, wave, floating solar and offshore wind. The firm will also engage in research and development projects aimed at developing innovative and cost-efficient deployment solutions for the Asian marine renewables sector. read more

Orcades support for second Schottel Hydro Installation in SE Asia

At the end of last year Schottel Hydro sold a Schottel Instream Turbine (SIT) 250 to a Singapore based company Envirotek ( This is now the second SIT in South East Asian waters after the deployment in West Papua, Indonesia. Last week, the supporting catamaran and turbine was installed off Sentosa island in Singapore. The work was carried out in collaboration with Nanyang Technological University’s Energy Research Institute ( using LitaOcean as the local shipyard, a Singapore-based innovation company OceanPixel Pte Ltd, handling suitability analytics and project management and Aquatera supervising the tow test/deployment/marine operations, advised and supported by Orcades Marine who also carried out the Tow Warranty Approval. read more

Specification for proposed Pilot Boat – Orkney Islands Council

Orcades Marine has recently completed the specification for the proposed new Pilot Boat for Orkney Islands Council Marine Services and Harbour Authority in consultation with management and staff .

Representation in India

We are pleased to announce that we have signed an agreement with Mr Thomas Verghese to represent our business development interests in India. Mr Verghese is based in Mumbai and has a long and distinguished career in the shipping, ports and the logistics industry. He established his family owned enterprise, TOMS Shipping & Logistics Pvt. Ltd in 2011, providing logistics support to overseas freight forwarders and also Ship Agency services in the Ports of Nhava Sheva and Mumbai. Previously he worked promoting Free Trade Wharehousing and in a leading Shipping Agency having come ashore in 1995 after 20 years as an officer at sea. read more