Company behind new Award

A new award was presented at the European Commercial Marine Awards in 2018. The award recognised a company or organisation operating within the commercial marine and workboat sector which successfully met challenges in marine civils or vessel operations.

Red7Marine was the worthy recipient for its work on the Thames Tideway Tunnel project.

We found out more about the company and the project…

How long has your company been in existence

Red7Marine came into existence in 2007, having been Haven Ports which was originally founded in 1999 by Nick Offord, Chief Executive of Red7Marine. Nick set up the company when he returned to the UK from Hong Kong after working on several major power station projects around the world. The company is continually expanding by re-investing in people and equipment. The workforce has grown to nearly one hundred and the turnover this year is on track to hit a targeted twenty million pounds, having achieved sixteen million pounds last year

What does the company do?

Red7Marine is a values–led organisation, operating in the marine construction and renewables sectors. The company offers a broad spectrum of marine services to the industry ranging from turnkey construction packages, specialist marine equipment hire, renewables and subsea cable works to recruitment and engineering consultancy. With the UK’s largest fleet of fourteen jack up barges, flat top barges and inland waterways equipment, Red7Marine supports its clients on civil engineering and renewables projects that require marine access solutions.

Its staff are at the very core of the business and the company is built on a solid culture of mutual respect to clients and staff. Red7Marine is committed to Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ), it’s people and its partners.

You won the Seawork 2018 European Commercial Marine Award for Maritime Best Project for your work on the Thames Tideway Tunnel project. Tell us more about your part in it?

The project required multiple jack up and floating barges to assist in the construction of the cofferdams to allow tunnelling works to commence.

Red7Marine has been involved on the four-billion-pound project since the initial site investigation works in 2011. The company has supported construction works for the main three joint ventures building the project – BMB, FLO and CVB as well as various Tier 1 contractors such as BAM Nuttall and Volker Stevin. Early involvement with clients is critical to ensure that the correct approach and methodology is developed to allow our clients to deliver their construction programmes.

Progress on the project has continued and Red7Marine’s barges are still operating on the River Thames, supporting clients at the various site locations.

What was the biggest challenge during the project?

The Thames is a very busy stretch of water with both commercial and recreational users on the river. Logistics, planning and engineering were key elements to ensure the operational phase could be delivered smoothly.

Co-ordination with stakeholders and detailed engineering planning had to be carried out to negotiate all of the bridges crossing the river and the other vessels operating on the Thames. Barge legs had to be removed and, in some cases modified to suit individual locations. Crawler cranes up to 350 tonnes had to be transported under the bridges on barges and transferred on site onto the jack up barges. With the tidal range on the River Thames and air draft restrictions, detailed passage plans were put in place to ensure the safe transit of all the marine equipment. Co-ordination and communication are vitally important when operating specialist marine equipment in an often challenging environment which is why Red7Marine takes a one-team approach with clients to support their efforts in delivering a successful project

Who are the key people in your company who worked on the project?

Everyone involved with the project was an integral part of the team. Red7Marine’s Engineering department, led by senior engineer, John Mabin, carried out the floating and elevated stability calculations, with detailed CAD drawings to show each stage of the process to check sufficient clearances on the bridges and within the river. The operational team led by Head of Operations, Scott Wiltshire, ensured that the detailed plans could be achieved, with his team of barge masters and marine operatives delivering and operating the barges on the river.

How has the industry received the Thames Tideway Tunnel project?

The industry has welcomed the project to clean up the river and reduce the CSO discharges. The high-profile project has also allowed many marine operators on the River Thames to invest in their vessel fleets and create local jobs.

What’s next for your company

Red7Marine will continue to invest in its future and has recently started a marine skills academy to develop and train people across the marine industry. The company is currently operating at various locations around the UK coast with its fleet of jack up barges on civil engineering and renewables projects and it is looking forward a busy year in 2019

Will you be entering the 2019 European Commercial Marine Awards?

Red7Marine will be entering the 2019 ECMA’s; several potential projects are already being discussed as entries. The Awards are a great opportunity to demonstrate the capabilities within Red7Marine and recognition for the dedication and effort shown by the whole team.

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