CoreMarine has partnered with FFS and Einar Øgrey to form SubMar Group, which as a Joint Venture will execute environmental analysis, transport and installation for this unique project. The restaurant will be situated at Båly, a small town near Norway's southern-most point. Project owners Gaute and Stig Ubostad own and operate the Lindesnes Hav Hotel adjacent to the restaurant. Work is expected to be completed and the restaurant opened in early 2019.
The project poses numerous technical challenges all constrained by a very tight budget for the size of the project.
"In oil and gas projects we're used to seeing bigger budgets for T&I [transport and installation] projects like this," explains Ben Fitzgerald, Project Manager for Marine Operations. "We have to keep operations as efficient as possible while not risking the integrity of the structure".
Fitzgerald, who used to work in the oil and gas industry, also said that while many other ocean installation projects choose function over form, it is the form and design of this structure that takes precedence over any functional issues. He explains: "the restaurant doesn't even float horizontally, hence why we have to use a HLV [Heavy Lift Vessel] to maneuver it into position. If this was an O&G project, we would just change the design".