The companies will tackle gearbox and hydraulic oil changes on offshore wind turbines which they said will improve safety and performance.

The cooperation deal will also deliver efficiency, reliability, low maintenance costs and reduced downtime for offshore wind turbines.

It will support the European offshore renewables industry cost reduction initiative to decrease the cost of megawatt per hour for offshore wind.

Under the deal, the companies will promote Ship-to-Turbine (STT) oil exchange system, a new oil exchange system developed by James Fisher. The system will provide direct extraction and refill of offshore wind gearbox oils directly from conventional access vessels.

The system will use Sage Oil Vac’s vaccum, preheating and filtration technology to transfer oil from self-contained deck mounted unit through umbilical hoses. This removes the need for filling and hoisting containers via the nacelle crane and delivering more operational efficiencies and cost reductions.

OMS owner Bruno Martinsen said: “This cooperation agreement will enable us to jointly provide turnkey oil management solutions to offshore renewable customers, including oil change, monitoring and maintenance, as well as the safe recycling and disposal of oil.”

The deal will also enable James Fisher and OMS to offer more services to support asset management for offshore renewables customers, including diving and remotely operated vehicles services and offshore equipment rental.

JFMS renewables managing director Martin Sisley said: “Our combined approach further underscores James Fisher’s commitment to providing integrated solutions for the offshore renewables industry through a single contractual interface and we look forward to working closely with OMS in the delivery of these services.”

Image: James Fisher and OMS collaborate to provide full oil lifecycle services to European offshore renewables industry. Photo: Courtesy of xedos4/