Event expertise helps launch new base and name ship

Thursday 22nd September 2016

A major launch of a new offshore base combined with a ship naming ceremony was organised at Great Yarmouth by TMS Media’s exhibitions and events manager Jimmy Hartwell.

Windfarm operators Statoil opened their new Dudgeon Operations Centre, and “christened” Esvagt’s 84m long support vessel the Esvagt Njord at an event attended by 110 guests.

The base will serve the 67 turbines in the new Dudgeon wind farm being built off the north Norfolk coast – which should be fully operational towards the end of next year.

 The new Great Yarmouth base will employ 70 people when the £1.5bn wind farm is completed. It will also manage Statoil’s Hywind pilot wind farm off Scotland’s north east coast.

The state of the art ship has accommodation for 58 people. It features cinema and games rooms plus a barbecue area.

The Njord will be a home at sea for technicians during their 14-day shifts as they work on the £1.5bn Dudgeon site. It will use a special walkway to transfer them to the turbines, and has digital technology that can position the ship to an accuracy of 6cm.

TMS Media organised and provided the marquees, tables, chairs, catering, audio visual equipment and jazz trio music for Friday’s launch venue.

TMS also helped facilitate the Statoil stand which appeared over the weekend when the Njord starred in the Maritime Festival further along the quayside, and organised catering for a company corporate barbecue for staff members and families.

More than 800 paying guests toured the vessel during the festival, with Statoil donating the entrance fees back to the festival funds.

Mr Hartwell said: “It was great to be involved in an exciting and prestigious event which showcased Great Yarmouth’s important role in the offshore wind energy sector.”

If you are looking for expertise in organising an event or exhibition contact Jimmy Hartwell on 01493 662929 or email jimmy@tms-media.co.uk