Hughes Sub Surface Engineering Ltd. have been awarded a safety certificate for completing 1,500 incident free dives on the Gwynt y Mor Offshore Wind Farm project during a recent visit by UK HS&E.
The certificate, awarded to the on shore Hughes SSE Offshore Management, was presented by RWE’s contract package manager onboard the DP2 vessel Red7 Tonjer (formally the Normand Tonjer). Hughes SSE always strive to maintain high standards, and reaching this milestone illustrates a high level of competency for all of Hughes SSE’s offshore operations team. Hughes SSE are currently providing a state of the art diving system on board, including Twin Launch and Recovery systems (LARS), NITROX breathing gases, hot water diving systems and an 1800mm decompression chamber; ensuring maximum productivity on site and limiting downtime due to weather.
Hughes SSE were originally awarded the £5million contract for diving and cable installation support services in 2012, at the time RWE npower renewables’ Gwynt y Môr Project Director, Toby Edmonds said: “Hughes Sub Surface Engineering is providing crucial diving services to support the construction of Gwynt y Môr. Finding this level of specialism so close to the construction site has been hugely beneficial in developing good working relationships. Hughes SSE has been working hard to meet the needs of the renewables industry and as a result is now one of the largest suppliers of diving services to the offshore wind industry.” (Full press release here).
The award for the 1,500 dives has been presented in recognition of the Red7 Tonjer vessel alone, and as such a full project estimation is assumed to be roughly around 2,000 dives incident free.
Managing Director, Ian Hughes said: “Hughes Sub Surface Engineering are very pleased be to issued with this certificate of recognition, all our personnel are certified to the highest level and display a strong sense of safety on a daily basis and this can be seen through successfully reaching this milestone.”
During the visit the HS&E commented that “HSSE have set a standard that others should follow”