Launch of Revolutionary Subsea Power Cable Repair Solution for Offshore Wind
AERSUB an innovative, patented in-situ subsea power cable repair habitat was launched by Co. Wexford based Irish Sea Contractors to reduce cable repair costs by up to 50% in 0 – 200m water depths and address a growing demand in the global offshore wind power cable market.
On Thursday May 9th 2019 at Rosslare Europort in Co. Wexford, Ireland; Irish Sea Contractors launched their patented, subsea power cable repair solution which is trade-marked ‘AERSUB’. Irish Sea Contractor’s in-house designed AERSUB subsea power cable repair solution is specifically designed to enable the repair of faulty power cables in-situ subsea on the seabed. It will lower the cost of repairing offshore wind subsea power cables by up to 50%, while cutting repair times in half. It provides an alternative means for cable repairs than traditional lift-to-repair solutions. AERSUBTM represents a disruptive evolution in the cable repair market. Irish Sea Contractors has further today announced the development of a ‘subsea jointer’ training programme including a ‘Subsea Jointing Academy’ in Co. Wexford to train the personnel required to carry out the power cable repairs in AERSUB. AERSUB had been deployed on a demonstration cable repair in the water at Rosslare Europort the previous two days.
Michael D’Arcy, Fine Gael TD for Wexford and Minister of State at the Department of Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform formally unveiled AERSUB together with granddaughter of company founder and joint patent holder for AERSUB David Kinsella in front of a crowd of more than seventy specially invited guests from across the energy industry as well as members of the Kinsella family and friends.
David Kinsella, Managing Director of Irish Sea Contractors stated: “I feel like the team I have coached and poured my heart and soul into these last few years has just won the county GAA finals. I am incredibly proud of all of the Irish Sea Contractors team and family who have made this a reality and look forward to completing our first customer cable repair using AERSUB soon.”
Irish Sea Contractors, based in Ferns, Co. Wexford Ireland, was formed in 2010, and is a young, dynamic and innovative organisation with a wealth of knowledge and experience with more than 30 years’ in-house expertise. It is owned by Mr. David Kinsella and his family. Irish Sea Contractor’s UK subsidiary business is Searchwise based in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Irish Sea Contractors specialise in providing best in class underwater engineering solutions and services to global customers in the fields of Offshore Renewables incl. Offshore Wind; Fibre Optic Cables; Power Cables; Oil and Gas; Shipping; Marine Civil Engineering and Marine Salvage.
Irish Sea Contractors has been heavily involved in offshore renewables for more than a decade and were involved in Arklow Bank, Ireland’s first (and only to date) offshore wind project while most recently securing an international 5-year inspection, maintenance and repair framework from Ørsted, the world’s largest offshore wind project owner/operator.
Rosslare Europort is one of Ireland’s leading ports. Located on the south east coast of Ireland and less than two hours from Dublin in Co. Wexford, Ireland, it offers ferry connections to the UK and Europe. Rosslare Port is owned and operated by Iarnród Éireann and was also involved in Arklow Bank offshore wind farm.