James Fisher Marine Services steps up to become Sponsor Member of RenewableUK
20 May 2019
Posted by: Rob Norris
RenewableUK is welcoming the decision by James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS), part of James Fisher and Sons plc, to become a Sponsor Member of the trade association. The company has been a member of RenewableUK since 2011 and its step up to the highest tier of membership reflects the huge growth in the company’s offshore wind activity in recent years.
In support of the industry-wide drive to reduce the cost of offshore wind, JFMS launched an integrated services model that offers the breadth of services within the James Fisher group through a single interface to reduce the costs and risks linked with managing multiple suppliers in the offshore renewables industry.
JFMS has developed a number of offshore wind specific advancements to accelerate the sector, including the award-winning Offshore Wind Management System® that provides real-time data to ensure the safe, efficient and economic management of offshore wind farms.
The company has bases all around the UK including Grimsby, Lowestoft, Liverpool, Falmouth and Aberdeen –with bases further afield in parts of Europe and the Asia-Pacific. Wherever JFMS operates, it aims to develop local jobs and skills that best meet the needs of customers, communities and the industry.
Just this month, JFMS has been selected to provide coordination and communications during the construction of the new 950 megawatt (MW) Moray East offshore wind farm off the coast of Scotland. The company has previously worked on a number of UK offshore wind farms including Galloper, Triton Knoll and London Array, as well as projects in other parts of the world.
Managing Director of JFMS, Barry Jennings, said: “We’re very pleased to upgrade our membership level, so that we can help to steer the organisation and the future of energy supplied to homes around the UK. RenewableUK is a highly effective association, bringing together companies of all sizes working in the offshore wind and marine energy sectors, speaking to Government, the media and a wide range of stakeholders, ensuring that the voices of its member companies are heard.”
RenewableUK’s Chief Executive Hugh McNeal said: “We’re delighted that one of the UK’s flagship marine companies has given us this huge vote of confidence. James Fisher Marine Services plays a pivotal role in this sector, providing a comprehensive range of services to offshore wind and marine energy developers. It employs hundreds of highly-skilled people throughout the UK working in our world-leading offshore wind and marine energy industries, including many in coastal communities in need of regeneration. Investment by companies like James Fisher Marine Services supports a competitive, high skilled offshore renewable energy sector and it’s great to have another industry leader at the heart of our trade association.”
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