Seacroft Marine reports over £500,000 in new contracts amid market boost

Michael Cowlam and Jennifer Fraser of Seacroft Marine Consultants.

An Aberdeen-based offshore consultancy and safety firm says it has reported contract wins worth over £500,000 in the first three months of 2018.

Seacroft Marine says it has seen a marked increase in marine activity supporting the UK oil and gas sector.

Most recently, the firm has been contracted to train 300 personnel in safe vessel operations within 500metres of a client’s drilling rigs in the southern North Sea.

Other work includes a deal with Ineos FPS to support its vessel operations.

This includes overseeing the walk-to-work accommodation  accommodation vessel Polar Queen during a three-month contract with the Ineos FPS’ Unity platform in the North Sea.

Seacroft – whose services include emergency response and rescue vessel services, and simulator training in ship handling – is housed in the historic Roundhouse, a former navigation centre on Aberdeen’s Pocra Quay.

Jennifer Fraser, company director responsible for the commercial side of Seacroft’s business, said: “Seacroft Marine is an owner-managed, Aberdeen-based marine consultancy which means we have been well placed to respond quickly to our clients’ growing – and changing – needs in 2018.

“Seacroft has already been actively recruiting to new roles in the company and our projection is for continuing growth in business and employment as the year progresses.”

Discussing the marine training and vessel support work, Michael Cowlam, technical director of Seacroft Marine, said: “SafeZone 500 has already been adopted by seven leading operating companies on the UKCS and Seacroft have trained over 600 platform, rig and vessel personnel to the SafeZone 500 standard; that figure will now rise to over 1,000 by the year end.

“Walk-to-work monohull accommodation vessels are relatively new to central and northern North Sea operations, so Seacroft are pleased to have this opportunity to lead in the development and oversight of innovative safe operating procedures for walk-to-work vessel use in combined accommodation and Emergency Response & Rescue Vessel (ERRV) roles.”