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James Fisher Marine Services

James Fisher Marine Services offers a broad range of engineering services to clients around the globe. The Marine Projects division has strong expertise in offshore renewables and is now poised for growth in nascent marine renewables technologies.

18 | Apr | 2018

With a history in shipping going back over 150 years and now with more than 200 staff, James Fisher Marine Services offers a broad range of engineering services to marine industry clients around the globe.

The company’s Marine Projects division currently employs 60 people, 30 of whom are located at this division’s HQ in Falmouth, with further staff based in offices in France and Australia.

The division’s Managing Director Paul Scullion says:

“Within the Marine Projects division, we have a strong focus on marine renewables where we have developed an outstanding level of expertise. We have had involvement in most of the large offshore wind projects in UK waters.

Nascent technologies set for growth

“We are now especially excited about the future potential for the nascent technologies such as floating wind and tidal arrays. We see these as areas that are set for explosive growth and we want to be a leader in this field. Floating wind is growing fast in France at present, for example, and we are very well placed to service this market.

“Marine renewables is an area where we have invested heavily in order to build our reputation and grow our customer base. What we aim to do is to provide our customers with a comprehensive and integrated package of marine services, all delivered through a single point of contact. This makes the management and coordination of the project much more efficient for the customer. By acting as Principal Contractor, we are able to deliver large and complex projects as a complete package for our customers. As a result, we have many high profile projects to our name, such as the Hinkley Point project, where we are providing technical support.

Innovative solutions to complex technical problems

“We have an exceptionally high level of ‘intellectual capital’ within the business, with some very talented engineers, consultants and technicians and this creates our competitive edge. Many clients will approach us to solve complex and challenging technical problems and come up with innovative solutions. The calibre of our people and their expertise really helps us stand out in our marketplace and helps us create success for our clients.

The company has found many advantages to being located in Cornwall:

“Falmouth has proved to be a great location for us” says Paul. “Over and above the proximity to deep waters, there has also been a very strong package of funding available to marine businesses, which makes it even more attractive as a place where ambitious businesses can grow.

“The marine industry infrastructure is also excellent. We have made extensive use of the COAST Lab at Plymouth University for dynamic modelling, for testing marine construction prototypes, and for carrying out technical engineering analysis. We have also worked closely with FaBTest and Wave Hub, where we have helped their customers with the technical development of their solutions.”

New ways of collaborating

Paul continues: “For us, another bonus of being in Cornwall is that it is a magnet for marine talent. I mentioned that intellectual capital was very important to the company. I have learned that many talented people from the area go away to study and to develop their career in the industry. Then, later they often have a strong desire to return ‘home’ to Cornwall. So we benefit from that and we have had no shortage of highly skilled applicants from which to select.”

Paul is also keen to explore how marine businesses in the region might work more closely together:

“It’s a real passion of mine. There are huge opportunities for marine companies with complementary sets of skills and assets to work in partnership to win large contracts which might otherwise be placed outside of the region. It’s something I am investigating with some of the other leading companies in the sector. Cornwall has a positive and supportive marine business community and there is an appetite for this kind of collaboration and partnership working, which can only help boost further growth.”

Paul concludes: “We are in a really exciting phase of our development, with massive opportunities for the business in the years ahead. Our company has robust foundations and has always been willing to invest in the right resources and people in order to grow.

“Right now, we are in a superb position to develop the business further over the coming years and we look forward to fully exploiting the new and emerging opportunities in the marine renewables sector.”

 

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