Malin Group News – April 2020

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With a continuation of lockdown, the Malin Group remain resilient, forging ahead with a number of exciting projects – from consultancy to vessel mobilisations – and there is still time to download our Heavylift Engineer magazine, edition 2!

As lock down enters a second month, things are ticking along at Malin Marine Consultants and Henry Abram and Sons. With the government identifying transport workers as essential to maintaining supply lines, our employees are focused on delivering projects for client’s who still have essential items of equipment to move around, ensuring the supply chain for energy is still functioning. In doing so, we are ensuring colleagues take all the necessary precautions when travelling for work, to ensure their and others safety.

Colleagues who are not involved in this work are undertaking a myriad of projects, ranging from FE Analysis of rafts for pressure vessels and barge design, to mooring analysis and 3rd party reviews.

The transition to home working has been a mixed experience for us. Some colleagues are loving the peace and quiet and ability to focus on the task at hand, whereas others are missing the bustle of the office and ability to collaborate face to face, but we are all pulling together to make it work.

If you wish to find out more about our wide-ranging suite of services, please contact our team today

Our Malin React vessel mobilisation business unit continues to overcome the challenging COVID-19 situation and successfully support clients’ critical business operations.

Two major mobilisations have taken place during this month.

  • Early in April, Malin React demobilised the vessel MV Elektron for Briggs Marine in Leith following critical subsea cable laying operations. Additional health and safety measures were put in place to combat the risk presented by COVID-19. Even with these additional measures in place, the job was completed safely with little or no disruption to normal productivity. Matthew Hart, Briggs Marine Project Manager stated, “Malin React really stepped up to the plate to help Briggs Marine through what became a rigorous demobilisation process as government guidelines evolved day by day. I would like to thank everyone at Malin React for their contribution to the project.
  • Malin React is also undertaking a mobilisation for Helix Robotic Solutions on their Siem Dorado vessel in Blyth. The scope of work is to mobilise trencher and WROV systems within a time-critical window. Like the MV Elektron job, additional measures regarding COVID-19 are in place and the project is progressing well. More on this next month!

Malin React’s team is available to deliver a host of services, from deployment planning, seafastening design and setting to work, to mobilisation, installation and discrete operations for your essential projects. We have in place our own strict protocols regarding COVID-19 working, both quayside and back-deck, with enhanced QHSE oversight to protect our staff and your project teams.

Malin Hatches continues to grow, both with live projects and enquiries. The main focus for this month has been the submission of a tender for a subsea hatch for a world-leading, Scottish, floating tidal energy company. The particular requirements for this tender have resulted in the engagement of several of Malin’s business units and engineering divisions. Teamwork at its best.

Malin Subsea are working on many business-critical projects, mainly in the oil and gas and the defence markets. One project of note is for a leading subsea operations and manufacturing company. Malin Subsea have provided a turnkey design, build and delivery service to enable our client to provide efficiencies in their production capabilities, and with great success.

Malin Consult continue to work supporting many clients providing critical support, analyses and expertise. Even in these unprecedented times, our team are continuing  to offer our wide-ranging suite of services for our clients, from mooring and hydrodynamic analysis, to orcaflex and FEA modelling – Find out more about the full range of services that we can offer, or contact our team today.

BWC has continued to operate remotely during the month of April due to the ongoing threat of Covid 19. Despite these restrictions, BWC continues to make progress, with tender activity increasing from the previous month and client engagement remaining very high.

Our recent collaboration with Bawat is proving very successful with several clients now interested in visiting the BWC Bawat containerised solution. As soon as travel restrictions are lifted and it is safe to travel we expect to announce a field trip for our clients which will allow them to witness this mobile single pass treatment system first hand.

As ports start to make plans for more inspections of ballast water treatments systems on board vessels, we are also seeing an increase in enquiries surrounding our port solution offering. This single pass treatment system, powered by Bawat, is an ideal “in port” treatment solution that can be used as a contingency measure for vessels arriving in port without operable treatment systems on board.

Stay safe.

With the continuation of lockdown, work on the park has stopped at present, however we are still busy behind the scenes! The team have been developing the plans to showcase the facilities available to buy and rent in each of our 4 exciting phases – news of which will come soon.

We have also been reaching out to the local community, with a view to collect, document and share stories of the site. As a well-known target in World War II, we have been delighted to hear stories about friends and family members who have worked on the site, or recall seeing their first vessel there. If you have any memories, you can share them here.

It has also been great to feature in an interesting piece in the Business Insider, looking at the future development in West Dubartonshire.

Lastly, the site has also been shortlisted for the Award for Best Use of Brownfield Land at Placemaking at the Planning Awards 2020. Our partners Stantec have provided planning, EIA and remediation services to assist us in this project – and we are delighted that this work has been recognised – wishing Stantec best of luck!

To find out more about the ongoing work at the site, future plans and opportunities, visit

We were also delighted to be able to utilise our in-house resources and the expertise of our committed staff to create PPE for the wonderful front line workers, who each day are working so hard to keep us all safe and well. The kit is now en route now to local hospitals.

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