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MOU McLaughlin & Harvey and GeoSea signed

Belfast, 26 February 2014 – DEME’s marine engineering specialist GeoSea and McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a period of 2 years to collaborate in the offshore installation works of wave and tidal turbines.

The wave and tidal industry is facing major challenges in evolving from a testing and demonstration phase to a commercially viable industry.

McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd and GeoSea share the ambition to push forward the industry by de-risking the installation processes and making projects bankable.

Both parties will explore joint installation opportunities by collaboratively uniting their respective experience and know-how. The companies will combine their cost-saving techniques, innovative equipment and high-tech vessels to develop optimised installation methods.

About GeoSea

GeoSea is a fast growing company specialising in complex offshore marine engineering projects. The company is part of the Belgian DEME Group that is active across the globe. GeoSea has participated in the construction of large-scale offshore wind farms including the Alpha Ventus project, the EnBW Baltic 2 wind farm, the Trianel West Borkum II wind farm in German waters, the Walney wind farms and at the Ormonde farm in the Irish Sea and the C-Power wind farm off the Belgian Coast. GeoSea‘s business also covers more traditional activities such as soil investigation, drilling of large diameter mono piles and high-tech directional drilling. GeoSea relies on its ability to provide innovative techniques and high operational reliability through high-tech equipment. GeoSea’s jack-up platforms include Innovation (in co-ownership), Neptune, Goliath, Vagant, Buzzard, Zeebouwer, Halewijn, Tijl II, and Kobe.

About DEME

The Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group DEME has won a prominent position on the world market in a number of highly specialized and complex hydraulic disciplines. The DEME Group diversified from dredging operations and land reclamation to marine engineering solutions at sea, services to oil and gas companies, installation of offshore wind farms, environmental activities such as soil remediation, recycling of dredged materials and remediation of brownfields and wreck clearance. The Group has become a global solutions provider and has one of the most modern, high-tech and versatile fleets for dredging and marine engineering. DEME employs more than 4,500 people. In 2012, the DEME Group’s turnover amounted to 1.9 billion EUR.

DEME’s subsidiary DEME Blue Energy is a specialized company that focuses on the development of energy generated from waves, tidal movements and tidal currents.


GeoSea, Bart de Poorter, General Manager, T +32 250 53 12,

DEME, Ann Wittemans, T +32 3 210 67 94, M +32 470 88 04 71,

About McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd

McLaughlin and Harvey are one of Northern Ireland’s largest Civil Engineering Contractors and operate throughout Great Britain and Ireland. The company has expert in house disciplines including Civil & Marine Engineering and Building Construction.

McLaughlin and Harvey have been actively involved in the Marine Renewable Energy Sector for the last 8 years and are market leaders in the deployment of wave and tidal energy devices, including foundation installation, cabling and operation and maintenance.   McLaughlin and Harvey Offshore is a specialist division set up in 2013 to grow the companies’ presence in the industry.  McLaughlin & Harvey Offshore continue to work with various developers and are also developing a unique installation technique for wave and tidal energy device foundations to suit a range of ground conditions and a variety of turbine solutions.  This is the focus of an ongoing Research and Development campaign.


Adam Holland, Marine Renewables Manager, McLaughlin & Harvey Offshore, T+ 028 90 342777, M+ 07500 009246,,

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