Malin Group News – February 2020

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It has been a busy month, with the team undertaking a number of exciting projects in the office – a welcome occurrence as the horrid weather continues.

Our transport engineers are currently servicing several long-standing framework contracts, covering consultancy services for barge and coaster transports as well as marine assurance reviews for heavy lift vessel and barge shipments. The next stage for each job will involve site attendance but for now the engineering work is keeping the team inside in the dry.

Our structures team are also busy with design work on novel handling systems for shipyards. These innovative designs will enable the shipyard to realise efficiencies in their build methodology and increase throughput. These complex projects present an opportunity for our core MMC team to collaborate with colleagues across the wider Malin Group, to deliver equipment with a high degree of system integration. This demonstrates the flexibility that Malin Group provide as we can call on different skills, expertise and experience across the organisation to enable us to deliver a wide range of projects.

As an organisation, we strive for excellence, with a desire to continually demonstrate and develop expertise; we place great value upon continued training and development. The team are currently building upon their current understanding and experience of technical standards in time for the new shipping season, as well as some specialised training on trailers and SPMTs. We will let you know how they get on in our next instalment.

As we look forward to March, we can see that it will be a busy month, with several attendances already lined up in ports across Europe. We are delighted to be working with Technip on a shipment for the first time this year and that project alone will take our engineers on a tour of the UK, into France and then beyond into the eastern Mediterranean.

It has been an exciting month for Malin Marine, with a diversification of our service offering, with the launch of Malin Hatches. Fraser Gunn has joined the team, bringing a wealth of expertise in this area, offering a range of Scottish made, fully certified, industry tested devices – which may be custom designed to fit your needs.

We are also delighted to announce that Malin Renewables has been appointed by AWS Ocean Energy Ltd to build the half scale Archimedes Waveswing power generation device, designed for offshore wave energy production. The development of the Archimedes Waveswing is funded by Wave Energy Scotland through its Novel Wave Energy Converter programme. This latest wave energy award affirms our commitment to innovation within the renewables sector, and beyond, combined with continued development of our expertise and experience.

It has also been a busy time across all of our other service areas, from Consult and React, to Subsea and Workboats, with the latter seeing its MSD1655 'Provider' supporting sustainable Scottish Shellfish farming. Plus, we now have a brand new website to showcase all of the services we offer, events we are attending and our latest news. You can also follow us on our new Facebook page. To find out more, visit  

Cleanship have been involved in some fantastic projects throughout February. Whilst much of China is now under strict quarantine protocols, our primary activity has taken place across Turkey, Cyprus and Malta.

Cleanship was recently appointed as a turnkey BWMS partner by a well-established international ship management firm. The objective was to design and fabricate a ballast water management solution for a fleet of oil tankers prone to travelling in extreme conditions. In partnership with our client, Cleanship opted for a deckhouse solution encompassing an Erma First FIT 1500EX system. With the design encompassing a non-hazardous area, all equipment was able to be stored within a single unit therefore allowing the unit to be closer to the ballast tanks resulting in reduced piping and associated costs.

Prefabrication is now complete, with the deckhouse enroute to meet the vessel at drydock. Our team worked efficiently whilst keeping quality in mind at all times to deliver a solution of outstanding specification in a condensed timeframe, allowing our clients to meet their pre-arranged dry-docking commitments. A special mention must be given to Martyn McKellar, one of our senior ballast design engineers and Alex Lindsay, our ballast cluster project manager for the outstanding level of dedication shown throughout the project.

To facilitate our continued growth and future diversification plans, our team has expanded throughout February and will continue to do so throughout March. We are currently recruiting for an IT systems manager, a Business Development Engineer, an IHM/marine surveyor and a Senior Naval Architect. Details of all vacancies can be found on the recruitment page of the Malin Group website.

February 2020 has been a hugely eventful month for us at BWC. With IMO 2020 now firmly in place, many are now looking to solidify their plans for complying with the Ballast Water Convention. For BWC, this has included a period of product development and commissioning to finalise solutions for not only vessels and barges, but also a wider market.

Throughout the remainder of February and into March, we are looking forward to a brand refresh inclusive of a revamped website which will more accurately reflect the BWC of today. As a forward-thinking enterprise, focused on developing innovative ballast solutions, we want all aspects of our brand to embody this.

Alongside this revision will come the announcement of our new business offerings and strategic partnerships, which we are very excited to share. We will be showcasing our refreshed brand and new product and service offerings in next month’s news edition, so be sure to look out for its release.

Visit the BWC website to find out how you can avoid the bottle-neck in 2020 with efficient, cost/time-saving installations.

It was Scotland’s own visionary, Alexander Graham Bell, who eloquently stated, “before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”  And preparation has certainly been the order of the day – or rather month here at the SMTP as we forge ahead with our own visionary project, kicking off the remediation works.

The team have been hard at work, laying the foundations for the remediation trails to progress successfully. These trails represent an exciting collaboration with Strathclyde University, alongside world respected waste manager Paul Dumble, using micro-organisms already found in the soil to undertake remediation efforts. Paul and the university team have been working closely together to ensure the early laboratory trials are a success and the initial results, just received, are extremely encouraging!

Along with the remediation planning, we have been working hard to continue to build commercial interest in the park, joining the two large clients that have already confirmed interest in a phased landing approach. Initially we will be offering a ‘soft landing’ to enable their immediate commercial constraints to be alleviated. Once we have met this initial need, we will work closely with both clients to ensure their final building design meets with our base design guidance, alongside their specific future needs.

Lastly, we are delighted to announce that Bryan Murphy has joined the team as Project Engineer. Bryan comes with extensive experience, across a range of large-scale build projects in the O&G industry, which he will utilise to ensure the remediation and site construction develops in line with our proposed timeline.