Shipping & Marine shines a spotlight on NewWaves Solutions Ltd – a total solutions provider for the dredging, environmental & marine engineering markets in the UK & Ireland

Headquartered in Canary Wharf, London, NewWaves Solutions is the British operating company of the Belgian DEME Group and is a gateway to DEME’s diverse capabilities. DEME has been carrying out dredging, land reclamation and hydraulic engineering projects worldwide for more than 140 years.

NewWaves Solutions is a full EPCI contractor able to take on the most complex and challenging projects. It has a wide-ranging portfolio and is active in four key markets: Marine & Offshore Solutions, Dredging & Land Reclamation, Fluvial & Marine Aggregates and Environmental Solutions.

Ian Taylor, NewWaves Solutions Managing Director, comments: “The decision to establish a full UK company was taken way ahead of the Brexit referendum. The DEME Group always aims to get closer to its customers. DEME has been active in the UK market for many years and wanted to establish a British company to build on relationships it has with UK-based customers and suppliers.”

Significant resources
NewWaves Solutions represents all the DEME Group companies such as GeoSea, Tideway, Dredging International, DEME Environmental Contractors, DEME Building Materials and DEME Infra Marine Contractors, and is able to draw upon the significant resources of its parent company’s workforce of 4600 dedicated professionals and its state-of-the-art, 190-strong fleet of vessels.

UK fleet
NewWaves Solutions will launch its new vessel ‘Apollo’ very soon. The ‘Apollo’ is a DP2 Jack-Up Vessel and will arrive in the second half of the year. Several new projects are currently in the planning and preparation phase. These include a beach nourishment project in Dawlish Warren in Devon, where NewWaves Solutions will replenish around 2km of beach. The company is also due to carry out an upgrade of a quay wall and two berths at NuStar’s Grays Terminal in Essex. Operational work is expected to get underway in September.

Offshore wind
Offshore wind projects are also a major focus in the UK market. Sister companies GeoSea and Tideway are very well established names in the UK’s offshore wind sector. The Group has participated in the construction and installation of several large-scale offshore wind farms in UK waters such as the Walney I+II wind farms, Ormonde, West of Duddon Sands in the Irish Sea and Westermost Rough in the North Sea.

More recently, the company has installed the foundations and turbines on the Kentish Flats Extension project in the Thames Estuary, which was actually the first EPCI contact carried out in the UK. This was shortly followed by the installation of foundations (plus scour protection and removal of an existing met mast) for the Race Bank project in the Greater Wash and the EPCI of foundations for the Galloper project, off the coast of East Anglia.

DONG Energy has awarded the Group a design & build, cable installation contract for Hornsea Project One, which will be the largest offshore wind farm in the world. The installation scope includes cable- laying, pre-trenching, backfilling, pre-sweeping, route preparation and rock placement of three high voltage subsea power cables from the shore to three different offshore substation platforms, as well as the installation of two interlink cables. This huge offshore wind farm is capable of powering well over one million UK homes with a capacity of 1.2 gigawatts (GW).

In the renewables sector, DEME is also a frontrunner in tidal energy. For example, the company has recently installed the foundations for phase 1A of MeyGen, the world’s first multi-turbine, tidal stream energy project, which is located at The Pentland Firth in Scotland.

Key dredging projects
Over the years, the Group has built up an extensive experience in beach nourishment and coastal protection projects.

Lincshore Beach Nourishment for the Environment Agency was one of the most important flood defence schemes in the UK and covered 24km of beaches. The scheme eventually protected 50,000 ha of land and over 36,000 properties.

As well as this the company has carried out capital dredging works in the access channel and the new berths in the harbour of Invergorden, including ploughing works for the Port of Cromarty Firth.In Belfast Harbour, the Group successfully completed maintenance dredging to restore navigation channels and berths to their specified depths.

Another milestone UK project the Group played a key role in was DP World’s London Gateway Port. The Dredging, Reclamation and Marine Design & Build Works Contract for the fully-automated deep-sea container port executed by the Group was a highly complex and large-scale undertaking. The design requirements included amongst others the port platform, the slope protections and a 1250 m long quay wall for ultra-large containerships.

The project involved the acquisition of and compliance with related licenses, permits & consents. The deepening of the River Thames over a distance of 100 km, widening the navigation channel to 300 m and bringing it to navigational depths of -14.5 m to -16.5 m. Dredging volumes amounted to 30.5 million m3 and a total of 160,000 tonnes of armour rock layer was used as slope protection and 46,000 m2 of fibrous open asphalt FOSA mattresses were installed as scour protection in the berthing pockets.

Strong partnerships
Ian stresses: “We were awarded this contract because of our ability to build very strong and long-lasting partnerships, both externally and internally. These partnerships which were the basis for success on London Gateway are today strongly embedded in the DNA of NewWaves Solutions.

“Several DEME companies came together and successfully completed the contract by working together in an integrated way. For instance, the specialists of DEME Environmental Contractors UK installed the FOSA mattresses as scour protection alongside the new quay wall. Such a form of co-operation was also included in the Alliancing Agreement with the Employer for the commercialisation of valuable surplus dredged materials. Under this agreement, substantial quantities of gravel were supplied to third parties with the deliveries being carried out by our marine aggregates company DEME Building Materials. Without doubt, part of the reason we won the contract in the first instance was because of our ability to commercialise such valuable surplus dredged materials, providing a win-win for all parties.

“As shown, although we are a new company, the UK market is not a new one for us! Now our wide range of capabilities are being brought together under one umbrella organisation, making it much easier and more efficient for UK customers. Whatever the complexity or scale of the project, we have the expertise and resources within our company.”