James Fisher has secured a huge marine services contract to support the construction phase of the Galloper offshore wind farm off the coast of East Anglia.

When RWE, which has a 25% joint equity partnership stake in Galloper Wind Farm Ltd, was looking for companies to support the building of a huge new wind farm off the coast of East Anglia, it made a significant decision to pick one contractor to fulfil the majority of the project’s offshore service elements, rather than splitting them into multiple sub-contracts, as has been typical in the offshore renewables industry.

Marine, offshore and subsea specialist companies within the James Fisher group – including Rumic - were brought together to offer an integrated solution which was able to demonstrate operational efficiencies and reduced project costs. The tender process was lengthy, taking almost two years, but through significant team effort, James Fisher was able to demonstrate its capability as one of a very few UK based marine companies which can take on such a broad and extensive range of work.

The contract in excess of £25 million was signed in February 2016 and James Fisher expects to be involved with the Galloper project for around two years.

A significant proportion of the large work scope will be delivered in-house, with group companies offering a range of services both onshore and offshore including marine services, setting up an onshore construction support base and vessel and personnel supply.