Orcades Marine Management Consultants Ltd
Since its establishment in 2010 Orcades Marine has created a respected track record as an experienced and reliable innovative provider of marine project management, third party verification and consultancy services to the marine renewable energy sector, and the shipping and port industry. Its foundations are built on experts in the field of marine and port operations, risk management, marine engineering and innovative process and design, who have skills and experience crossing the spectrum from the project management of wave and tidal device installations, to vessel auditing, ship inspection, third party verification, marine warranty survey and vessel management, towing and auditing to Port Marine Safety, ISM and ISPS Code requirements. We have provided these services to a diverse range of clients who include many of the emergent developers in the wave and tidal renewable energy industry and also long established harbour authorities, traditional shipping companies and marine insurance institutions.
Orkney College UHI – Science, Agronomy and Maritime Departments
Orkney College hosts UHI students taking a range of degrees, including the BSc Sustainable Development. The College contributes an Honours level module on sustainable energy to this programme. Students from both Orkney Secondary Schools can, as one of their options in 5th or 6th Year, attend the College to take a Level 5 course in Energy. As well as providing a general understanding of the energy industry, including renewables, and a closer look at the oil and gas industry, the course has a strong practical element in which teams of students scratch-build a working aerogenerator and a solar-thermal panel.
The Agronomy Institute (AI) opened at Orkney College UHI in 2002 and is a market-led Research Centre within the University of the Highlands and Islands. The Institute provides a research facility for the development of plants and plant-based products – including energy crops -within UHI focussing particularly on the Highlands, Western Isles and the Northern Isles and runs major agronomy projects in Northern Scotland. These are in collaboration with a wide range of academic and commercial partners.
Maritime Studies Department
The Maritime Studies Department, on its own pier in Stromness, has been training seafarers for over 40 years. Many of our instructors are currently serving at sea as well as providing training at the department when on shore. This gives us a team who are right up to date, highly motivated and aware of modern training needs. As well as providing courses for the fishing and merchant-marine sectors we are developing training in the growing renewables industry. Our renewables programme aims to train not only mariners but also to address the health and safety needs of technicians and researchers.
Orkney Renewables Ltd specialises in installing Kingspan and Aircon Wind Turbines in Orkney, Caithness, and the Scottish Mainland.
Orkney Renewables can help by carrying out all the work, from grid connection and planning applications through to digging foundations and laying concrete, or can help you cut costs by assisting you to carry out some of the work yourself.
Our background comes from Electrical/Mechanical Installation, having 50 years of electrical home-ware knowledge, as well as 20 years’ experience of travelling worldwide working with large scale electrical/Mechanical projects (i.e. Satellite antennas). This helps to ensure we have the knowledge and understanding for offering such new and innovative experiences. As we all giving us a variety of knowledge and experience, it also helps to ensure an expert job and finish.
Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology (ORCA)
The Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology (ORCA) and ORCA Marine offer a comprehensive archaeological service of interest to the likes of industry, communities, government agencies, developers and landowners. ORCA staff have years of experience in all types of archaeological work throughout Britain and abroad, but particularly in Scotland and especially the Highlands and Islands. All team members are suitably qualified professionals with a variety of academic qualifications at undergraduate, masters and doctorate level.
ORCA and ORCA Marine’s commercial and research capabilities include environmental impact assessments, historic environment consultancy, management and mitigation plans, environmental and archaeological geophysics, geomatics, laser scanning, standing building survey, archaeological evaluation, watching briefs and excavation, environmental archaeology (especially analysis of faunal bone, pollen, peat, waterlogged and charred plant remains), marine archaeology, interpretation of marine remote sensing data, exploration geophysics (including collection of sidescan sonar and sub-bottom profiling data), archaeological sciences, geoarchaeology and diving science.
ORCA and ORCA Marine’s research and applied research projects include the well-publicised work on the Ness of Brodgar; the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site Geophysics Programme; Scapa Flow shipwrecks; and Project Adair. The units also work with the construction industry, utility companies, energy developers, the public sector and community outreach programmes. ORCA and ORCA Marine have been closely involved with several marine renewable energy developments in Orkney Waters, the Pentland Firth and off the Western Isles, as well as subsea cable and gas pipeline projects off Shetland and in the North Sea, and with electricity infrastructure projects such as the construction of grid cable connections and converter stations.