Day 1 - Tuesday, 24 May 2016 

Registration, Tea and Coffee


Chairman's Opening Remarks 

Captain Mike Vanstone, Marine Operations and Technical Manager, Maritime Operations Department,  Vattenfall


Keynote: Overview On Round 3 Developments And Impact On The Offshore Wind Vessel Industry

  • How are the further distances offshore going to affect vessel design for foundation, installation, and servicing?
  • How will the relationship amongst developers, operators and contractors look like?
  • Will change to government policy ensure stability across wind farm vessel operations and development?
  • Are vessels economically viable to ensure profitable revenues for far from shore projects?
  • Role of Oil & Gas vessel companies transitioning to the Wind industry

Captain Mike Vanstone, Marine Operations and Technical Manager, Maritime Operations Department, Vattenfall



Strategies To Maximise Access Without Irresponsible Risks

  • CTV: rating of all transfers versus sea state conditions and operational profile of vessels
  • OSV: maximising usage of W2W access systems
  • Being in full control of offshore access safety

Gijs Hulscher, Technical Director, BMO


“The Damen Designed Bibby SOV" - A Total Access And Accommodation Solution 

  • What are the benefits of a tailored design as opposed to an evolved version of an existing design? 
  • How to meet the specific needs of the offshore wind industry through comfort and ergonomic design application
  • Ensuring short lines of communication and smooth workflow
  • Case study on first-of-its-kind scale model test at the Netherlands-based leading research institute MARIN

Peter Robert,  Manager Business Development & Market Intelligence,  Damen Shipyards


Accurate Weather Forecasts And Decision Support

  • The weather forecast process, including the importance of observations
  • Key ingredients to accurate forecasts 
  • Optimising and translating weather forecasts into operational weather windows

Maria Pedrosa, Business Development Manager Renewables and Offshore, StormGeo Ltd


Networking Break And Morning Refreshments 


An OEM’s Perspective: How To Ensure Efficient Offshore Wind Turbine Access Using Helicopters, CTVs And SOVs

  • What factors impact turbine access decisions?
  • When is it preferable to use helicopters rather than SOVs and CTVs?
  • Learnings and progress for offshore access from an OEM’s point of view

Craig Morton, Maritime Development Expert, Siemens 


Increasing Uptime And Lowering O&M Cost Through Purpose Built SOV Operations 

  • 'Esvagt Froude' and 'Esvagt Faraday': What did we learn in over one year of operative experiencence?
  • Discussing various offshore transfer methods: Increasing flexibility with a combination of Walk-2-Work gangway and Safe Transfer Boat
  • Further development of the SOV concept - Next generation features  

Ole Ditlev Nielsen, Chief Commercial & Safety Officer, ESVAGT


Aviation Support For Offshore Wind Farm Developments

  • Development of the offshore renewables aviation guidance (ORAG) document
  • Scope of the ORAG and application to offshore wind farm developments 
  • Creating a consistent and coherent approach across the industry for developers to engage with the helicopter operators
  • Looking at the European dimension 

Matthew Clear, Senior Development Manager – Strategic Workstream, The Crown Estate 


Networking Lunch 


Development Of The Distance Dependent Weather Risks When Moving Into Deeper Waters And Far Away From The Safe Harbour

  • Challenges for far offshore wind farms due to weather conditions
  • Methods for the evaluation of vessel and transportation concepts 
  • Weather risk assessment near shore vs. far shore
  • Spatial heat maps for the suitability of vessels for defined operational limitation

Gerrit Wolken-Möhlmann, Research Fellow, Fraunhofer IWES 


PANEL DISCUSSION: Resolving The Issue Of Safe Access In More Demanding Weather Conditions And In Different Sea States

  • Examining the link between sea state, access system capability and field economics
  • What are the key elements of safe access systems?
  • What can we learn from other industries about the access challenges?
  • Safe handling of cargo in more extreme conditions
  • Comparing and contrasting different sea states and geographical areas

Participants include:

Gerrit Wolken-Möhlmann, Research Fellow, Fraunhofer IWES

Sven Lehmann, Head of Offshore Engineering - Marine Operations & Installations, Senvion

Philip Strong,   CEO,  Reflex Marine  


Networking Break And Afternoon Refreshments

design requirements for the next generation of vessels 


Further Offshore Wind Projects: Wind Turbine Installation In Higher Wind Speeds And Harsher Environmental Conditions

  • Addressing the challenges in lifting operations
  • Answering the need for non-turbine specific lifting tools and tagline systems
  • Why reinforcing the deck is key to carry large, heavy loads
  • How to eliminate the inefficiency of trans-shipment at local logistics harbours
  • Efficient positioning of the crane to meet more demanding weather conditions
Magnus Ebbesen, Senior Consultant, DNV GL

Owner Operator Case Study: SOV For The Dudgeon Development And The Design Solutions To Enhance Safety

Anne Marit Hansen, Leader HSE, Statoil 


Round Table Discussions

1. Building a better communication structure for planning offshore vessel operations

Jeremy Gilmour,   Offshore Logistics Manager,   Centrica 

2. Employing CTVs for multi-purpose uses for a more cost effective operation

Craig Morton,   Maritime Development Expert,   Siemens 

3. Short term individual wave and quiescent wave window prediction: will this technology breakthrough increase wind farm access?

Peter Naaijen,  Assistant Professor,  Delft University Of Technology 

4. R educing costs through accurate identification of weather windows

Maria Pedrosa,  Business Development Manager Renewables and Offshore,  StormGeo Ltd


Roundtable Feedback

Delegates return to the main plenary room to hear the discussion leaders sharing the main outcomes of their discussions.


Chair's Closing Remarks 


End of Day 1 and Drinks Reception Hosted By Tidal Transit 


Networking Dinner Hosted By Damen Shipyards