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CEO of BMS to retire.

Stephen Blaikie the current CEO of Bibby Marine Services has announced his retirement, commencing the end of November. Stephen has worked for Bibby Line Group for 12 years and has been integral to the company's development in the Marine side.

Mr Blaikie has commented on his time in the business, saying “I have thoroughly enjoyed working in various Bibby businesses, firstly in Bibby Maritime with the accommodation barges, and subsequently leading the acquisition of what is now Bibby HydroMap and working in that business for almost two years helping it expand. The last three years have been spent creating and building our new venture, Bibby Marine Services, which has the real potential to be a great new business for the Bibby Line Group.”

Mr Blaikie shall be succeeded by Stephen Bolton, the current Commercial Director of Bibby Marine Services. We thank Mr Blaikie for his contributions to Bibby and wish him good health and happiness.

04/10/2017

BWM1 starts contract with Galloper OWF

Bibby Wavemaster 1 has now commenced work supporting the construction of the Innogy owned, 336MW Galloper Wind Farm. The Bibby WaveMaster1 was chartered by James Fisher Marine Services, Galloper’s main offshore marine services contractor, following a selection process, which secured the vessel for a three month contract, with options to extend, to support the offshore commissioning phase of the works. This is the vessel’s first significant charter, and the first time Innogy have used a Walk to Work (W2W) SOV in UK waters during the commissioning phase of a project.

Toby Edmonds, Galloper Project Director, said: “Much of our offshore commissioning activity will take place in the North Sea during the challenging autumn and winter months. The vessel design includes a built for purpose hull and dynamic positioning technology. This will allow our workforce to exploit weather windows in higher sea states to access and carry out work on the turbines and the substation. The specialist Walk To Work Uptime gangway and multi stop elevator will also enable the team to access offshore assets in wave heights of two metres plus. He added: “Unlike traditional crew transfer vessels, the Bibby WaveMaster 1 enables us to be offshore for up to four weeks at a time. Whilst we will have a complement including crew and technicians of around forty, the vessel can accommodate up to ninety.”

Stephen Bolton, Commercial Director of Bibby Marine Services said that the “Key to this charter was the use of our HardWare in the Loop (HIL) simulator developed by Damen. This system replaces inaccurate RAO based analysis and provides an accurate measurement of access to a structure for a given location based on historical data and our vessel,”

He continued stating that “With this unique tool Bibby and our Clients can gain a real understanding of what is possible. In this case a 3 knot current has a significant effect on accessibility and must be taken into account, however our HIL analysis still led us to believe we can achieve significant access above traditional expectations across the charter months.” “We are very proud of this simulator development which in theory should change how industry assesses W2W vessels. We now look forward to validating it on the water and are grateful to Innogy Galloper and JFMS for the trust placed in us. ”

21/09/2017

Bibby Wavemaster1 officially named!

At 1300 on the 6th of September, in the cruise terminal of Port Rotterdam, Bibby Wavemaster 1 was officially named. The ceremony took place in front of more than 125 guests from Bibby Group, Damen and a range of industry partners. More than 10 members of the Bibby family attended, lead by Sir Michael Bibby, CEO of Bibby Line Group, while the Damen family was represented by Chief Commercial Officer Arnout Damen. The naming of the Bibby Wavemaster 1, which was completed by Lady Sponsor Mrs Jacky Blaikie, the wife of CEO Stephen Blaikie, is the culmination of a programme that began in 2013. The goal was to develop a vessel that could meet the needs of the offshore wind industry in an efficient, economic and environmentally-responsible way. This goal has been surpassed as the vessel can not only accommodate wind farm personnel, but also Oil & Gas terminal personnel too.

Built to operate at sea for up to 30 days at a time, the SOV has specially-designed accommodation for up to 20 crew and up to 70 client technicians, and is fully equipped with a gym, sauna, cinema, and high-speed connectivity. The ship’s 90m hull, 20m beam and 4.6m draught aid in its seakeeping qualities and add to the onboard comfort.

CEO Stephen Blaikie commented: “This is an important key milestone in the delivery of the vessel. Sea trials will start soon and we will take delivery in August. We are very impressed with the quality of the build and the whole process has gone smoothly.” “The day has been very successful and the weather remained kind to us. The location in Rotterdam was ideal. The Bibby WaveMaster 1 will now undergo a few days of final systems testing before starting operations on 18 September with James Fisher Marine Services at Innogy’s 336MW Galloper wind farm off the coast of Suffolk, UK, performing winter commissioning work on the project's substation and 56 Siemens 6MW turbines.”

06/09/2017

Bibby Wavemaster 1 has now completed her maiden voyage

The vessel has now arrived in the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands after her maiden voyage from Galati, Romania. Here she will complete her final trials and gangway testing in preparation for her charter with Innogy and James Fisher Marine Services.

31/08/2017

Bibby Wavemaster 1 has now left DAMEN shipyard.

After completing her sea trials in the Black Sea, the vessel has now departed from her constructing shipyard, DAMEN in Galati, Romania. She is under way and making preparations for her first charter with Innogy, the company leading the construction of the Galloper Offshore Wind farm. Bibby Marine Services are proud of her development and excited to see her progression into her next chapter.

18/08/2017

Bibby Wavemaster 1 successfully completes Sea Trials

Bibby Wavemaster 1 has now finished her sea trials in the Black Sea. A 'Sea Trial' is the final phase of construction and takes place on open water. The trials are conducted to measure the seaworthiness, vessels performance and are used to determine the conformance of the vessel to the construction specifications. The BWM 1 and her Daughtercraft were found to be in good condition and she will now prepare herself for the commencement of her Charter with the Galloper Offshore Wind Farm in South East UK.

10/08/2017

The new SOV vessel is starting to come together..

DAMEN have now completed the Bow section of the Bibby Wavemaster 1. The aft section is currently under construction and once completed, will be combined with the forward in the next few weeks. The vessel is now in position next to the quay in preparation for its launching into the water. We at Bibby Marine Services are exited to see this vessel start to take shape, and witness the birth of one of the newest and innovative ship designs of today.

13/12/2016

Bibby Wavemaster 1 to charter with Galloper Wind Farm

Bibby Marine Services are delighted to announce that we have signed a contract with James Fisher Marine Services for the charter of the Bibby Wavemaster 1. The vessel will be supporting the Galloper Offshore Windfarm during the commissioning phase of the works, for three months , with options to extend. For innogy, the company leading the construction of the Galloper Offshore Wind farm, this will be the first time it has used a Walk to Work offshore service vessel in UK waters during the commissioning phase of a project.

Toby Edmonds, Galloper Project Director, said: “Much of our offshore commissioning activity will take place in the North Sea during the challenging autumn and winter months. The vessel design includes a built for purpose hull and dynamic positioning technology. This will allow our workforce to exploit weather windows in higher sea states to access and carry out work on the turbines and the substation. The specialist Walk To Work Uptime gangway and multi stop elevator will also enable the team to access offshore assets in wave heights of two metres plus.” He added "“Unlike traditional crew transfer vessels, the Bibby WaveMaster1 enables us to be offshore for up to four weeks at a time. Whilst we will have a complement including crew and technicians of around forty, the vessel can accommodate up to ninety,”

The Galloper Wind Farm contract shall be completed prior to the Total E&P contract commencement. Bibby Marine Service are proud that our SOV is sought after across multiple sectors already.

20/07/2017

Uptime W2W Gangway is out for delivery!

Norway's Uptime International has entered into a contract with DAMEN Shipyards for the delivery of an access solution for our vessel Bibby Wavemaster 1. The solution will be composed of an Uptime motion compensated gangway, with a system link to a multi-stop elevator. This design further improves the ergonomics of the vessel and provides a stepless approach to the logistics of the Engineers and workers who will be staying and working on the vessel.

25/05/2016

Bibby Wavemaster 1 to charter with Total E&P

Bibby Marine services are delighted to announce that we have signed a contract with Total E&P to secure the Bibby Wavemaster 1 for use in their offshore wind farms in the southern region of the North Sea. Total made a conscious decision to explore more efficient and innovative means for the Wind Farm market and transfer their uses over to the oil & gas market. The ergonomics and comfort of Bibby Wavemaster 1 were key components that swayed Total's decision. The vessel was inspected in the shipyard and they were thoroughly impressed by the quality and key specialised features of the Bibby Wavemaster 1 .

Total will use the vessel to replace various access forms, such as jack-ups and helicopters, to provide a safe means of access through the W2W gangway to gas platforms in the North Sea.

17/07/2017

Stephen Bolton has been appointed to the position of Operations Director for Bibby Marine Services

Stephen Bolton is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer (Leeds) with a Master of Business Administration (Henley). He has also published many thought leadership articles on Offshore Wind Asset management and brings with him essential industry knowledge and experience. He has first hand experience on established wind farms, (including North Hoyle, Barrow, Lynn and Inner Dowsing, Thanet, Rhyl Flats and Gwynt y Mor), and in senior roles at electricity companies such as RWE and Centrica. His pioneering approach led to a shift-change in strategic asset management, delivering fit for purpose strategies that delivered whole wind farm asset management, as opposed to just wind turbine management. Stephen will oversee the build and ongoing operation of Bibby Wavemaster 1, the new W2W Service Operations Vessel that is currently under construction in DAMEN Shipyards, Galati, Romania.

“From early on, I realised the step change in safety and operational efficiencies that could be gained from a properly designed Walk to Work SOV,'' “Just as design is critical to the vessel’s success in terms of accommodation and access, I also believe that the ability of the vessel owner to deliver a range of services is vital. The combination of Bibby Line Group’s heritage and the many services it can offer, coupled with the design and build capabilities of Damen, results in a vessel that will be a real game-changer in offshore wind. I am delighted that I am taking a role that is helping to shape the future of offshore wind access.” - Stephen Bolton, Operations Director, Bibby Marine Services.

11/04/2016

Atlas appointed provider of crew for BWM1

Since 1982, Atlas Professionals has been a major player in the provision of industry specialists to the Energy and Marine industries. With 18 offices and a presence in 14 countries, Atlas Professionals can turn complex personnel challenges into transparent and assured solutions wherever needed.

Over the years, Atlas Professionals has formed a strong partnership with the Bibby Line Group, collaborating on projects within the Energy, Marine and Renewables industries. For this reason, Atlas has been appointed to be the exclusive provider of crew for the Bibby Wavemaster 1. Atlas has said their group of teams based in Bristol, UK and Riga and Latvia will use their local expertise to source safe, reliable and competent UK and Latvian marine crew; inclusive of Masters, to Engineers and AB’s.

“What shone through from our very first meeting with Atlas Professionals, was not just their professionalism but how Atlas view the provision of personnel. They are clearly passionate about ensuring their employees are not only the best but managed in the best possible way. In the end it was this unique combination of professionalism, expertise and sector leading management systems that made us know we could trust Atlas with this critical human element of the Bibby WaveMaster 1.” – Stephen Bolton, Operations Director.

15/05/2017

Dutch shipyard builder DAMEN has laid the keel for BWM1!

Continuing from the initial steel cutting in February, the beginning stages of the fabrication of the Bibby Wavemaster 1 vessel are well undeway and is on schedule for launching in mid-2017. As the construction period is relatively short for a vessel of this magnitude, the production phase has been divided into seven individual phases. Phase 1 will see the construction of 10 mid-ship sections. With the steel already cut for phase 2 and preparations being made for phase 3, personnel at Damen Shipyards Galati are staying one step ahead.

Bibby Marine Services CEO Stephen Blaikie is rightly enthusiastic at the prospect of the ongoing construction of the Bibby WaveMaster 1: “We believe in this market, we believe in the vessel and we believe in our own capabilities to satisfy the demands of the customer,” he says. “The proof of this is that we have ordered this vessel on a speculative basis – we haven't ordered it against a contract. I think that this is a sign of our confidence both in the vessel and the market sector.”

01/04/2016

Her first contact with water.

On the 24th of March 2017, Bibby Wavemaster 1 was successfully launched at DAMEN Shipyards, Galati, Romania. Bibby WaveMaster 1 is built specifically for the transfer and accommodation of offshore personnel and aims to maximise working time, technician comfort and safety. Equipped with DYNPOS (AUTR) DP2, the 90m LOA Bibby Wavemaster 1 has a motion compensated access system (Walk-to-Work). During the construction process, we continued to work closely with the DAMEN in customising the vessel in order to give it multi-sector versatility. This is inclusive of adjusting the design of the elevator to the W2W gangway. It now has six landings, meaning that technicians can directly access the gangway from the warehouse areas with a ‘stepless approach’. We have also increased the POB allowance up to 90, from the originally envisioned count of 60.

During the two-year design and build period a lot of attention was paid to crew comfort on board the vessel. The Wavemaster is typically larger than the normal PSV, at 90m LOA with 20m beam, which means it offers a substantially reduced motions in every direction. Taking into account the trend for wind farms to go farther from the shore into more challenging seas, the customised design provides fast, safe and comfortable access to turbines, and at a lower cost. This results in a vessel capable of providing turbine access up to 3.1 metre Hs. The design includes a diesel-electric main propulsion system, which powers twin azimuth thrusters. Thanks to careful development, the vessel also requires less installed power than a conventional PSV and is able to stay at sea for up to one month at a time.

Stephen Blaikie, Chief Executive Officer, Bibby Marine Services Ltd, said, “This is an important key milestone in the delivery of the vessel. Sea trials will start soon and we will take delivery in August. We are very impressed with the quality of the build and the whole process has gone smoothly.”

We thank all those involved in the design and creation of the Bibby Wavemaster 1.

24/03/2017

Construction begins on ground-breaking windfarm support vessel Bibby WaveMaster 1

Following the recent contract signing for the first ever Damen Service Operations Vessel (SOV) with walk-to-work capability, the first steel was cut this week at Damen Shipyards Galati. Damen is constructing the innovative vessel for UK-based client Bibby Marine Services. To be named Bibby WaveMaster 1, the vessel will be deployed in the North Sea to support forthcoming offshore wind construction and O&M projects.

02/02/2016

The current progress so far!

Take a look at the first photograph of the completed hull of the Bibby Wavemaster 1! Stephen Bolton, Operations Director is pleased with the hard work and progress of those involved in fabrication of the vessel, "Damen Galati have worked incredibly hard over the winter to keep us on program for a March 2017 ship yard launch". The launch of the vessel is planned to take place by the end of March 2017, and delivery of the vessel to the Southern North Sea is scheduled for mid-August.

09/02/2019

Contract signing for the first Service Operation Vessel. First step is made!

On 15 January, Bibby Marine Services signed a contract with the Damen Shipyards Group for delivery of the first Damen Service Operations Vessel. The vessel is the first of Bibby Marine Service’s fleet, undertaking offshore wind project work in the North Sea. Damen’s design guarantees fast and comfortable access to turbines, at lower cost, up to 80% of the time, including in worst case scenario Central North Sea conditions.

17/01/2016

September 04, 2019

CEO Blaikie to Retire

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CEO of BMS to retire. Stephen Blaikie the current CEO of Bibby Marine Services has announced his retirement, commencing the end of November. Stephen has…

CEO Blaikie to Retire

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CEO of BMS to retire. Stephen Blaikie the current CEO of Bibby Marine Services has…
August 12, 2019

Bibby Wavemaster 1 Commences Charter with Galloper Offshore Windfarm

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BWM1 starts contract with Galloper OWF Bibby Wavemaster 1 has now commenced work supporting the construction of the Innogy owned, 336MW Galloper Wind Farm. The…

Bibby Wavemaster 1 Commences Charter with Galloper Offshore Windfarm

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BWM1 starts contract with Galloper OWF Bibby Wavemaster 1 has now commenced work supporting the…
August 09, 2019

BWM1 Launching Ceremony

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Bibby Wavemaster1 officially named! At 1300 on the 6th of September, in the cruise terminal of Port Rotterdam, Bibby Wavemaster 1 was officially named. The…

BWM1 Launching Ceremony

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August 08, 2019

BWM1 Arrives in Rotterdam

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Bibby Wavemaster 1 has now completed her maiden voyage The vessel has now arrived in the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands after her maiden…

BWM1 Arrives in Rotterdam

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August 08, 2019

BWM1 commences maiden voyage

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Bibby Wavemaster 1 has now left DAMEN shipyard. After completing her sea trials in the Black Sea, the vessel has now departed from her constructing…

BWM1 commences maiden voyage

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Bibby Wavemaster 1 has now left DAMEN shipyard. After completing her sea trials in the…
August 08, 2019

BWM1 Completes Sea Trials

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Bibby Wavemaster 1 successfully completes Sea Trials Bibby Wavemaster 1 has now finished her sea trials in the Black Sea. A 'Sea Trial' is the…

BWM1 Completes Sea Trials

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Bibby Wavemaster 1 successfully completes Sea Trials Bibby Wavemaster 1 has now finished her sea…
August 05, 2019

Bibby secures contract for Galloper Offshore Windfarm

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Bibby Wavemaster 1 to charter with Galloper Wind Farm Bibby Marine Services are delighted to announce that we have signed a contract with James Fisher…

Bibby secures contract for Galloper Offshore Windfarm

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August 05, 2019

Bibby secures contract with Total E&P Netherland

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Bibby secures contract with Total E&P Netherland

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August 05, 2019

Atlas to provide crew for BMW 1

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by Louise Bigley

Atlas appointed provider of crew for BWM1 Since 1982, Atlas Professionals has been a major player in the provision of industry specialists to the Energy…

Atlas to provide crew for BMW 1

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Atlas appointed provider of crew for BWM1 Since 1982, Atlas Professionals has been a major…
August 05, 2019

The Launch of Bibby Wavemaster 1

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by Louise Bigley

Her first contact with water. On the 24th of March 2017, Bibby Wavemaster 1 was successfully launched at DAMEN Shipyards, Galati, Romania. Bibby WaveMaster 1…

The Launch of Bibby Wavemaster 1

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Her first contact with water. On the 24th of March 2017, Bibby Wavemaster 1 was…
August 05, 2019

We are on schedule!

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by Louise Bigley

The current progress so far! Take a look at the first photograph of the completed hull of the Bibby Wavemaster 1! Stephen Bolton, Operations Director…

We are on schedule!

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The current progress so far! Take a look at the first photograph of the completed…
August 05, 2019

Bibby Wavemaster 1 is taking shape...

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by Louise Bigley

The new SOV vessel is starting to come together.. DAMEN have now completed the Bow section of the Bibby Wavemaster 1. The aft section is…

Bibby Wavemaster 1 is taking shape...

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The new SOV vessel is starting to come together.. DAMEN have now completed the Bow…
August 05, 2019

Specialised W2W Gangway

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by Louise Bigley

Uptime W2W Gangway is out for delivery! Norway's Uptime International has entered into a contract with DAMEN Shipyards for the delivery of an access solution…

Specialised W2W Gangway

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Uptime W2W Gangway is out for delivery! Norway's Uptime International has entered into a contract…
August 02, 2019

Bibby Marine Services appoints Operations Director

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Stephen Bolton has been appointed to the position of Operations Director for Bibby Marine Services Stephen Bolton is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer (Leeds) with a…

Bibby Marine Services appoints Operations Director

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Stephen Bolton has been appointed to the position of Operations Director for Bibby Marine Services…
August 02, 2019

Damen Lays Keel for BWM1

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Dutch shipyard builder DAMEN has laid the keel for BWM1! Continuing from the initial steel cutting in February, the beginning stages of the fabrication of…

Damen Lays Keel for BWM1

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Dutch shipyard builder DAMEN has laid the keel for BWM1! Continuing from the initial steel…
July 07, 2016

Construction begins of BWM 1

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by Louise Bigley

Construction begins on ground-breaking windfarm support vessel Bibby WaveMaster 1 Following the recent contract signing for the first ever Damen Service Operations Vessel (SOV) with walk-to-work capability,…

Construction begins of BWM 1

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Construction begins on ground-breaking windfarm support vessel Bibby WaveMaster 1 Following the recent contract signing…
April 04, 2016

Contract signing

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Contract signing for the first Service Operation Vessel. First step is made! On 15 January, Bibby Marine Services signed a contract with the Damen Shipyards…

Contract signing

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Contract signing for the first Service Operation Vessel. First step is made! On 15 January,…

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