Francis Brown Successfully Delivers Offshore Wind Vessel Deck Equipment

We have successfully delivered deck equipment fabrications – in less than 16 weeks – for a global supplier specialising in subsea remotely operated equipment which is working on offshore windfarms in the North Sea.

Francis Brown provided Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) with specialist fabrications to form part of a winch system to operate alongside its QTrencher which was delivered to one of its major global clients in April this year.

In order to meet the client’s requirements, SMD engineered a unique design and worked with Francis Brown to deliver the fabrications in a timely manner. Our scope was to supply painted fabrications for the winch system for a cable trenching machine.

And this forms part of a series of projects that we have recently delivered to the business, including other subsea and deck equipment fabrication packages.

Speaking about the project, Mark Roddy, Managing Director at Francis Brown said: “Securing repeat business with one of the world’s biggest suppliers of subsea equipment has been a big achievement for Francis Brown. We work closely with all of our clients to ensure that we deliver on time and budget – which is one of the main factors that we believe helps us to secure repeat business – combined with our extremely high-quality services and stringent safety procedures that we have in place.”

We supplied the complex equipment which was subsequently fully assembled with hydraulics by SMD. Weighing an impressive 60 tonnes the equipment was built to a strict tolerance and timescale, without compromising on the quality and safety of all those involved.

“We’ve been providing our industry leading fabrication solutions for over 100 years and have built up a strong reputation across many sectors including the offshore wind sector. Having completed a series of projects recently specialising in the offshore renewable market we’ve established ourselves as a key supplier into this industry. When delivering our fabrication services, we focus on ensuring that we consistently meet – if not exceed – recognised industry safety standards.”

Established in 1903, Francis Brown Limited offers a full turnkey service including design, fabrication, assembly, inspection and installation. Based in Teesside, we have built up a strong reputation supplying pressure vessels, pipework and structural fabrications such as this for a range of industries including oil and gas, renewable energy, chemical, nuclear and rail works.

If you would like to know more about our services, please feel free to call us on +44 (0) 1642 806000 or email

Photo: Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd.

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