County Down Man Appointed As Marine Superintendent

Farra Marine Appoint Ardglass Captain To Its Senior Management Team

Farra Marine Appoint Ardglass Captain To Its Senior Management Team

Farra Marine Ltd, a new company working in the offshore energy sector, is delighted to announce the appointment of Ardglass captain Iain Masson into the senior management team as superintendent.

Farra Marine Ltd is a specialist operator and provider of crew transfer vessels focussed on providing low carbon and sustainable transport solutions to the offshore wind sector in the UK and Europe. The company is based in Ireland and is led by a management team who have been operating across Europe in the offshore wind sector since 2011

Iain Masson, Farra Marine Superintendent, in the bridge of Farra Orla while it was berthed in Bangor, County Down.

Martin Rice, FARRA CEO, said: “Iain brings a wealth of experience in the offshore wind and CTV industry having worked on numerous offshore wind projects across the UK and Europe including the sectors at Thornton Bank, Meerwind, Borkum West 2, Burbo Bank to name a few.

“In addition to this Iain has a great width of operational experience on a wide range of different vessel types and covering construction and long-term and maintenance support services.

“Iain is a key appointment for Farra Marine as the company continues to build its senior management team ahead of a significant expansion of its fleet of CTV vessels over the next three years starting with the arrival of its second vessel, Farra Ciara, to Europe in early 2022.”

(l-r) Iain Masson, recently appointed marine superintendent with Farra Marine ltd, with Jason Parker, Farra Operations Manager, and crew member Jamie Young.

Martin Rice added: “We are delighted to welcome Iain aboard the Farra team. He is viewed as one of the most experienced and capable CTV masters operating in the offshore wind sector across the UK and Europe and will bring his vast experience to the benefit of Farra Marine customers and its wider team. We expect to announce further key management appointments over the coming months as we look towards an exciting 2022 for the company.

Iain Masson, a qualified master mariner with 21 years sea experience, said: “I’ve been involved with windfarm vessels for over nine years now and spent much time working out of ports in Germany, Belgium and Holland mostly into the North Sea.

Iain Masson looks over the 3600HP Scania D16 engine.

“As nations across Europe push to meet their energy targets following COP 26, Farra Marine is gearing up to play its part in working towards sustainable solutions for energy. I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead.”

Jason Parker, Farra Marine Operations Manager, said: “The Farra Orla is the first windfarm support vessel currently in the final stage of being commissioned for service. Its length is 27 metre and it is propelled by a 3600HP Scania D16 077N engine. The high tech ‘Farra Orla’ has a crew of three and can carry 24 passengers, mainly service personnel, to and from wind platforms.”

The Farra Orla docked in Ardglass harbour today after spending a couple of weeks in Bangor doing final checks and took on more fuel. The vessel left Ardglass for Great Yarmouth at 1.30pm travelling round the English Channel and was there at its destination at 10pm travelling at 27 knots, and doing a sea survival exercise with the Irish marine rescue service en route.

No steering wheel: the Farra Orla is steered by a small hand control in the bridge.
The twin semi-dispersable hulled Farra Orla in Ardglass just before it left for Great Yarmouth on the East Coast of England. (Photos by Down News).