ICMS installs CTV pontoon for Scotland’s largest windfarm
Inland and Coastal Marina Systems (ICMS) has installed a new 30m pontoon for the Montrose Port Authority to service the Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm, Scotland’s largest windfarm.
The new 30m x 4.4m heavy-duty pontoon will allow safe berthing and access for crew transfer vessels (CTVs) to the new operations and maintenance base for the wind farm, which is currently under construction 27km off the coast of Angus.
In August 2021, Montrose Port Authority awarded the contract to ICMS for the supply and installation of the new pontoon to service the Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm.
Located on Montrose Port’s South Quay, the new pontoon from ICMS is topped with GRP decking suitable for commercial application offering excellent anti-slip properties.
Shoreside access to the new berth, and the vessels moored alongside, is via a bespoke 20m access gangway with a cantilevered shore frame platform.
“It’s been fantastic to be involved in a project which is so key to the provision of renewable energy in Scotland and the rest of the UK,” says Calum MacDougall, engineering sales manager (Scotland) at ICMS. “We worked closely with Seagreen, the Montrose Port Authority and Arch Henderson to create a bespoke, cost-effective solution, taking into account the existing infrastructure of the port.
“Our highly experienced in-house design team produced a design that moored the new pontoon to the quayside using vertical H-beams, as opposed to using driven piles, ensuring the ongoing integrity of the existing quay walls.”
Lynn Sayer, business and commercial manager at Montrose Port Authority, comments: “We’re delighted with the new 30m pontoon which will soon see operations staff and maintenance teams safely boarding crew vessels for transfer to the Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm, supporting the production of enough electricity to power 1.6 million homes in Scotland.”
Sayer confirms the pontoon project has been delivered on time and on budget.