RMS Resourcing Provides Survey Solutions to Briggs Marine

Since the summer of 2014, RMS Submarine have been supporting Briggs Marine Contractors Ltd. with the provision of full marine survey resource solutions (consultancy, project management, resourcing, personnel, final delivery and technical support) on a number of their recent survey project opportunities. To date, this has comprised supporting a total of seven projects (multibeam, geophysical, UXO and geotechnical) for nearshore UK surveys on a 12hr (daylight hours) working basis.


Briggs Marine’s strategically located UK fleet of marine survey vessels , the Humber, Thames, Solent, Severn and Mersey Guardians http://www.briggsmarine.com/marine/vessel-charter/survey-boats/  ,  has provided the perfect interoperable survey platform for these projects. The four identical 18m loa purpose built survey catamarans in particular offer wet and dry labs, A Frame, Hiab, ample deck space and excellent manoeuvrability and working environment for survey operations. Briggs extensive and expanding fleet of workboats and multicats (anchored, spudded, DP etc.), have equally provided excellent floating platforms for inshore/ nearshore geotechnical campaigns.


Briggs Marine’s highly experienced crews combine well with the survey team to provide clients with a cohesive, professional, dynamic and hardworking single team ethic.

Projects to date include:

  • MBES cable route & corridor survey for proposed power cable and route engineering (Scotland NW coast nearshore)
  • UXO (grad array) site survey for proposed tide gauge installation (UK East coast nearshore)
  • Geophysical (SSS & maggy)/ MBES survey for export cable repair (UK SE coast nearshore)
  • Geophysical (SSS, SBP)/ MBES site survey (UK East coast nearshore)
  • Geophysical (SSS & maggy)/ MBES and UXO (grad array) survey for export cable repair (UK West coast nearshore)
  • Geotechnical sampling (Vibro coring) for beach management scheme (UK South coast nearshore)
  • Geotechnical sampling (Vibro coring) for inshore river dredge management and barrier scheme (UK East coast inshore)

RMS have combined with Briggs and a third party equipment provider to design and fabricate robust & successful mounting solutions for the survey equipment which are fully interoperable across the Briggs fleet, offering increased flexibility in terms of options.


MV Humber Guardian configured for UXO survey & Forth Constructor for VC (Vibro Core) operations

RMS provided project support inclusive but not limited to, full tendering support, QHSE/ risk assessment, survey procedures, project management, equipment/ software spec and resourcing, consumables support, mobilisation preparations, full survey team, data acquisition & QC, data processing & interpretation, demobilisation support, full draft and finals deliverables (reports, charting, GIS and all raw/ processed/ geotif data & image formats). All project management and technical/ tendering support has been provided in-house and in full liaison and combination with Briggs at all times of the process.


RMS’s ethos/philosophy of providing resources (personnel, equipment etc) from solutions that are known to the company ensure we maintain our own and Briggs high standards and expectations. Provision of balanced survey teams whom are adept at nearshore hands on working requirements are key to the success of such projects. Multiple personnel disciplines have been provided during this period of projects, with a mix of survey/underwater engineers, surveyors, data processors, CAD operatives, geophysicists, UXO processors and geotechnical operators & engineers.


Briggs stated “RMS have provided Briggs with excellent support on seven recent survey projects. Briggs has been able to utilise all elements of the RMS offering over the course of these projects. Personnel provided by RMS have been of a very high standard and have offered added value to our projects as well as being a delight to work with. Project planning and liaison with RMS has also been of a very high standard with an exceptional attention to detail coupled with extensive industry knowledge drawn from the senior team within the company.”


“RMS approached Briggs, in particular the Marine Services division, during early 2014 with our resourcing solutions model”, said Arron Burrows, Co. Director of RMS Submarine), “believing that our services would be of interest due to the changing landscape of the nearshore/ offshore sector and the drive towards more project based solutions, reducing overheads and challenging in-house existing/ historical procurement routes for more cost effective, targeted and time sensitive results. This has proven to be the case this last 2 years with a blossoming relationship and whereby Briggs final delivery to clients has been acknowledged to be of an exemplary standard”


Briggs has more than 40 years of experience in the marine sector. Experts in coastal and nearshore operations as well as offshore and subsea with marine services ranging from vessel charter to subsea cables, marine salvage and engineering.


Briggs coastal survey vessels provide safe and effective platforms for undertaking a full range of coastal and near-shore survey activities. As well as the large working deck, they offer large wet and dry laboratory spaces, comfortable mess and galley areas and live aboard accommodation.


Briggs Coastal Survey Vessel capabilities include bathymetric surveys, geophysical and UXO surveys, environmental surveys including; benthic sampling, underwater video, trawling and water column sampling, oceanographic surveys including; deployment of ADCP, wave rider buoys, towed instruments, CTD etc. and  marine mammal and seabird surveys.


For more information please see www.briggsmarine.com


RMS Submarine are a marine resource solutions company based in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. RMS provide consultancy, project management, R&D, personnel & equipment/ key asset resourcing solutions (often combined & with in-house technical support) to our clients in the survey, offshore renewables, subsea telecoms and O&G sectors.