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Partrac reports strong 2016

Company News // January 19, 2017

Marine and coastal survey and consultancy firm Partrac Ltd has reported a strong 2016.

Director Sam Athey said “Following an internal review of our 2016 performance, we can reflect on an exciting year for the Partrac team with projects across a broad range of sectors. We delivered monitoring, survey and consultancy projects for offshore wind, dredging, tidal energy and major water infrastructure projects, many of which are ongoing, providing a firm foundation for growth in 2017. Our team is looking forward to working on new challenges in 2017”.

In 2016 Partrac was engaged on a number of important industry projects from vibrocoring in Ireland; hydrographic survey in the Thames Estuary; water quality and current monitoring at port facilities (including the MOD). Over half our business came from the offshore wind industry, with our metocean team providing a range of real-time wave and current monitoring solutions for construction phases, such as at Rampion and Dudgeon to name a few.

The company recently reported the conclusion of a project for SPAWAR (the US Navy's environmental research division) designed to demonstrate how the firm’s proprietary particle tracking technology can be employed to address contaminated sediment related problems at US Department of Defense sites (naval bases).

Dr Matthew Wright, Partrac’s principle marine geomorphologist, presented this work at the recent Battelle 9th International Conference on Remediation of Contaminated Sediments in New Orleans. Particle tracking studies were also completed at Scarborough, Yorkshire and Montrose, Angus, both of which were commissioned in support of beach management / re-nourishment initiatives.

Partrac has also developed novel marine instrumentation for the aquaculture industry, a first in this sector. Partrac has also successfully implemented a bespoke solution through the intertidal zone, for a cable route magnetometry survey in support of a commercial windfarm development.

The company’s Newcastle office continues to grow its consulting offering in the areas of coastal processes, EIA, geomorphology and marine scour. It has been particularly active supporting the (BODL) demonstrator offshore wind project at Blyth and several cable route installation companies. Studies successfully delivered include seabed mobility assessments, dredge disposal modelling and impact assessment, cable protection impacts and cable landfall stability analysis.

The consultancy welcomed a new member to the team in 2016, Dr Jack Poleykett. An expert in sediment tracing, Jack divides his time between the company’s survey and consulting divisions, recently seeing the completion of a major tracing project in the USA.

The company also opened an office in Exeter, with a view to expanding as project works develop.

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