SeaRoc maintains Dogger met-masts

Marine contractor SeaRoc has wrapped up the first major maintenance programme on the two meteorological masts gathering wind data at Forewind's vast Dogger Bank development site off the UK.

The East DB-MME and West DB-MMW masts, installed for 15 and eight months respectively atop "suction bucket" foundations, were cleaned, given full structural inspections, and their instrumentation systems checked by SeaRoc's OceanPod team.

"The range of services offered under the OceanPod banner continues to grow, and it is extremely satisfying to have been part of the project team who have supplied, installed and maintained the masts," says OceanPod manager Neil Pittam.

"We are committed to establishing long-term relationships with our clients and this provides the many benefits associated with team continuity."

The work at Dogger Bank – a 9.6GW zone in 18-63 metre deep water being developed as part of the UK's Round 3 offshore wind construction  programme – was completed on time and to budget using the vessel DP Galyna, which has an Ampelmann  "walk to work" gangway for maintenance personnel.

Forewind operations manager Nachaat Tahmaz adds: "SeaRoc had supported Forewind earlier through the design and construction of the met masts and now again during this operation and maintenance trip.

"We appreciate the relationship we have built with the SeaRoc team and the quality job they managed to do in a short timeframe."

SeaRoc has also carried out work on the Noah met mast installed at the Blyth Offshore Wind Demonstration Site off north-east England.