Day 1 - Tuesday, 24 May 2016 
08:30

Registration, Tea and Coffee

09:00

Chairman's Opening Remarks 

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

09:10

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

FINDING THE OPTIMUM ACCESS WINDOW IN EXTREME WEATHER 

09:30 

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

10:00 

“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

10:30 

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

11:00 

Networking Break And Morning Refreshments 

11:30 

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 

12:00

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

12:30 

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 

13:00 

Networking Lunch 

14:00 

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 

14:30 

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  

15:15

Networking Break And Afternoon Refreshments

design requirements for the next generation of vessels 

15:45

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
16:15 

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

Anne Marit Hansen, Leader HSE, Statoil 

16:45 

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

17:45 

Roundtable Feedback

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

18:00 

Chair's Closing Remarks 

18:15

End of Day 1 and Drinks Reception Hosted By Tidal Transit 

19:30 

Networking Dinner Hosted By Damen Shipyards