Autumn 2014

Osiris enters 12th year of service for Arish Mell

Thanks to a unique combination of inshore and offshore expertise, the team at Osiris Marine Services have been selected to continue maintenance work on the Arish Mell pipeline in Dorset for the twelfth year running.

Osiris (now James Fisher Marine Services) has built a strong working relationship with site licence company Research Sites Restoration Limited (RSRL) by working to inspect and maintain the Arish Mell effluent pipeline from the former nuclear research facility in Winfrith, Dorset, through the Lulworth Ranges (an MOD training area), under the beach to a discharge point on the seabed, 3.6km from Weymouth Bay.

“The fact that Osiris has the capability and flexibility to undertake the huge variety of tasks on this project underlies the company’s multifaceted skills set – project managers and divers have had to be highly adaptive in a challenging and exposed environment.”

Says Osiris’s project engineer, Geoff Houghton.

The demanding work requires onshore expertise (repair and refilling of the gabion baskets which protect the pipeline from heavy tides plus clearing marine growth from timber aprons and diffusers to allow for inspection by divers at the point where the pipeline emerges from the ground 300m from the beach) as well as managing highly technical offshore challenges (cleaning and maintaining the subsea pipeline and its support structures using ROVs, as well as divers to test offshore diffusers anchor blocks and chains).

Houghton adds:

“The work is challenging but the team relish working with good visibility in clear, warm waters”

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