JFSE Celebrates 1st Anniversary of its Revolutionary Jetting System

Posted by Alison Shaw


James Fisher Subsea Excavation completes first 12 projects with its revolutionary jetting system


  • James Fisher Subsea Excavation (JFSE) completes a dozen projects worldwide since launch
  • Clients benefit from time and cost savings on projects previously completed with standard CFE equipment
  • The patented system is unique to JFSE and has been proven to double water jet power and reduce the rate of jet degredation

James Fisher Subsea Excavation (JFSE) is celebrating the first anniversary of its innovative jetting system having successfully completed 12 contracts since launching the revolutionary new method.

The high velocity jet significantly increases the soil-cutting abilities of JFSE's excavators as the system – which utilises central jets instead of the standard side positioned jets – can facilitate the excavation of harder soils than was previously possible.


As a result, clients benefit from time and cost efficiencies on projects which could not previously have been completed by traditional Controlled Flow Excavation (CFE) methods.


The global subsea excavation specialist, part of James Fisher & Sons plc, designed and developed the enhanced technique in response to client demand. It was introduced a year ago and has been fitted on a number of   CFE tools, stationed   at strategic hubs   in the UK,   UAE, Singapore, Venezuela,   USA, Brazil, China   and Mexico. 


JFSE holds exclusive worldwide rights to the central jetting system and managing director Kenneth R Mackie is delighted with the reception it has received across the sector.


He said: “Cutting capabilities   can be doubled   using this method,   as it dramatically   reduces the degradation   of the high   velocity jet of   water, and clients are already seeing the benefits and increased efficiency in projects with hard soil   excavation   requirements. 


“One of our core principles is to continue to innovate and lead in the sector. We invested a great deal of time on detailed analysis of the potential benefits of the new system and it is gratifying to see that our knowledge and expertise is making a tangible difference to our clients.”


The system has proved invaluable in particularly challenging environments, said JFSE technical director Graham Murdoch: “One project we successfully tackled involved stiff clay with a sheer strength of up to 280kPa which had resisted other trenching methods. As a result of deploying of our patented, tried and tested high velocity water jetting we were able to demonstrate that we are the only Controlled Flow Excavation company in the world that could have completed the work.”


The dozen projects which have already utilised JFSE's patented jetting system, on either its SP6000 or Twin R2000 tools, range from contracts in the UK to the Middle East, Indonesia and China and include supporting WJH on a venture in South East Asia.  


Lee Cheng-Yu, director at WJH, said: “This was a complex element of the project. We needed to use a CFE provider that had a strong track record in the offshore windfarm market so we could fully trust the cables would be protected during the process. The JFSE team and the Twin R2000 provided a fantastic service and the patented jets were invaluable on this particular project.”


JFSE routinely works   on multiple projects   worldwide including pipeline   and cable trenching,   deburial, rock dump   dispersal and seabed   clearance and preparations. JFSE is the world's leading CFE specialist. As part of   the James Fisher   group, it   has access   to bases and   sister company expertise   in more than   50 countries. The   highly experienced management   and engineering teams   are responsible for   the successful completion   of more than   500 projects.   



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