Tidal turbine re-installation demonstrates world leading supply chain capabilities for marine energy

Spanish tidal energy developer Magallanes Renovables has returned to the EMEC: European Marine Energy Centre tidal test site in Orkney for the re-installation of its turbine following upgrades.

Magallanes’ second-generation 2MW tidal platform, ATIR, was reinstalled last week following removal for maintenance and optimisation. The Magallanes team worked in collaboration with Orkney-based marine service provider Leask Marine Ltd, along with the Orkney Harbour Authority tug Thor, to install the platform in an operation lasting eight hours.

In order to optimise the performance the platform was transported to the dry dock of Dales Marine Services Ltd for maintenance, supported by GAP, Leask Marine Ltd, Briggs Marine & Forth Ports Limited.

The maintenance involved having to position the platform horizontally in the sea by using a system of buoys to fit into the dry dock via the locks. During this positioning operation in Leith, maintenance tasks were carried out to optimise the platform, including anti-fouling & performance verification, to allow the platform to operate more efficiently.

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Excited To Announce Our New Co-Chair of National Maritime’s SME Maritime Working Group

Tim Munn – Consultant for Iconsys and XDMC

As we continue to rethink and transform the global supply chain model to help best drive trade and growth on behalf of UK maritime SMEs, I am delighted that our Maritime Sustainability Technology Champion Tim Munn will be co-chairing with our future SME Maritime Working Group meetings.

The purpose of the SME Maritime Working Group is to bring together the best specialists or ‘sector champions’ to examine key issues, make valuable connections, share best practices and suggest improved approaches to develop strong sustainable supply chains and encourage a collaborative approach for the long-term success of the whole sector.

South London born but brought up on the Isle of Wight, Tim moved up north to start his career as an electrical engineer. After a whirlwind romance in Brazil, where he met and married his wife of 15 years, he moved back to the UK and settled down to bring up their two boys. In 2006 he started working for ABB – offshore & marine, as an engineer and progressed to a senior position there in business development. With many years of experience under his belt he has now embarked on a new chapter of his career, consulting for Iconsys – Automated Technology Solutions and XDM Controls. He resides in Doncaster now, indulging his hobby of home automation systems, when he has a spare minute, and looks forward to travelling back to his second home in Southern Brazil as soon as he is can.

As an industry stalwart, Tim is a great champion of our cause and this new position will see him broadening his skills further.

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