Based in Wicklow, Ireland, Island Shipping is a multi-disciplinary marine organisation supplying a variety of construction, engineering, vessel and consultancy services to the marine sector in Ireland the UK and Europe.
The company is operated by marine professionals who possess extensive nearshore and offshore experience in marine operations; vessel charter and management; marine construction and underwater operations. In particular Island Shipping provides vessel services in the following key areas:
- Tug, workboat and wind-farm support vessels
- Towage and salvage
- Barge and anchor handling
- Dredging and marine civil engineering support
- Diving, underwater inspection and repair
The organisation also offers survey and consultancy services, including windfarm surveys for construction and monitoring - hydrographic, geophysical and environmental, subsea cable survey, scour monitoring and control and client representation and consultancy.
Uniquely in Ireland, Island Shipping has built up a considerable portfolio of windfarm experience since 2004, having supplied survey, support, remedial, maintenance and consultancy services to Ireland's only offshore windfarm on the Arklow Bank.
As a result of this experience, the company operates workboats designed specifically to support offshore windfarms, and is continually adding to its fleet. For example, its two newest turbine transfer vessels, the Island Tiger and Island Panther, are fast, comfortable and specified with the very latest equipment.
Built by Safehaven Marine in Cork both boats are Wildcat 53s. These 16-metre windfarm support catamarans are water-jet propelled, and fitted with a purpose built fendering system & boarding platform. The raised bridge deck ensures all round 360º visibility. Versatile catamarans, the Island Tiger and Island Panther can also be used for wind-farm monitoring surveys, diving & maintenance work either flat or with a central nib. Currently the Island Tiger and Island Panther are providing key logistical support to SCIRA in the construction of the 317MW Sheringham Shoal Offshore Windfarm off the North Norfolk coast. The vessels are on 24 hour operations and Island Shipping is proud of the fact that these are the only crewboats on the project currently capable of operating 24/7. Other vessels within Island Shipping’s charter fleet include the 21-metre tug ‘Husky’, which is also on charter at Sheringham Shoal, and the Lochin 40 ‘Island Flyer’, which operates in the domestic Irish market as a crew, dive and survey vessel.
Through its sister company Island Maritime, Island Shipping provides consultancy expertise to offshore construction projects working with a variety of clients including offshore contractors, port authorities, universities, marine research bodies, windfarm developers, tidal and wave energy developers, diving companies and marine engineering consultants.
Island Maritime is a multi-disciplinary maritime engineering business with core experience in marine construction and operations together with leisure and commercial vessel design, construction and preparation. Its expertise derives from a thorough understanding of vessel design, build and certification. Island Maritime’s boasts in-house naval architecture; engineering and vessel build expertise together with decades of hands-on experience.
Island Shipping’s sister company Island Maritime compliments the former very well. While the Shipping company operates tugs, workboats and windfarm service vessels, Island Maritime provides consultancy services to the same client base enabling the combined group to project manage assignments in their entirety for a client. With this dual competence, offshore operations can be designed, risk assessed, put into procedure and operated from conception to finish. With nearly 30 years of offshore experience in oil, gas, shipping and now, renewables, Island Shipping and Island Maritime are finding that more and more the offshore solutions that both companies supply are in great demand from their clients.
Thus the future looks bright for Island Shipping: “Currently the market is buoyant. Offshore Wind is the largest construction project in Europe at the moment so naturally against this background, Island Shipping is planning to expand its fleet of tugs and workboats to take advantage of this,” says Tim Greenwood, commercial director of Island Shipping. “With operations on both the East Coast of Ireland and the East Coast of England, the company is well placed to respond to client needs anywhere in the UK, Ireland or further afield in Northern and Baltic Europe.”