Vessels and Access forum 2017

Windpower Monthly Vessels And Access Forum

Day 1 - Wednesday, 10th May 2017 
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:  Market Overview On Vessels And Demand For Offshore Projects 

TRANSITIONING FROM near shore TO far from shore PROJECTS

09:30 

PANEL DISCUSSION: Transition From Near To Far From Shore Projects: Adapting Existing Technology Or Investing In New Designs? How Can You Maximise Your Available Assets?

  • Increasing vessel efficiency and reduce downtimes whilst containing costs
  • Real examples on R2 available assets being used for R3 projects
  • Creating the perfect mix of SOVs, Heli, Jack Ups and CTVs for your projects
  • From CTVs to SOVs – what about a solution in between?
  • Main component exchange, general maintenance and sub-sea repair
  • What is the impact of R3 projects on R2 wind farms in terms of vessel availability, prioritisation, O&M costs and delays 
10:30 

Utilities Perspective On R2 Projects: What Do We Need From Vessel Providers And How Are They Going To Deliver On That?

  • What are the constrictions currently in place?  
  • Can SOVs be an option for R2 projects? If yes, how can you justify SOVs and daughter craft costs compared to CTVs?
  • Addressing jack-ups availability issues for R2 projects 
11:00

Networking Break And Morning Refreshments 

Further Offshore: The Changing Role Of CTVs, SOVs, Jack Ups and Helicopters 

11:30 

Exploring The Potential And Limitations Of CTVs For Further Offshore Wind Farms  

  • What is the strategy with CTVs? Will they be completely out of the picture or is there an opportunity to employ them?
  • Learn from different stories on how operators want to utilise CTVs in the field in order to efficiently maintain their wind farms
  • Can CTVs operate from the SOVs and use them as ports?
  • How to reduce the number of CTVs whist minimising fuel hours in order to offer a more environmentally and costly friendly option
  • From 12-pax limit to 24-pax – how does higher capacity impact CTV weight and, consequently, access? 
12:00 

Assessing The Role Of Motherships And Ports As Well As Supply Vessels For Far From Shore Wind Farms In Terms Of:

  • Fuel
  • Food and water supplies
  • Spare parts
  • Crew transfer
12:30

The Crown Estate’s Update On The Offshore Renewables Aviation Guidance (ORAG) Document

  • Use the ORAG to open up the potential use of helicopters to service further offshore wind farms
  • Providing a framework for the industry to develop consistent and coherent aviation support strategies for deployment in the offshore energy industry
  • Encouraging the industry to use it in making more informed decisions on their wind farm with regard to vessel and access operators
  • Effective engagement with aviation stakeholders to address any broader policy, regulatory, safety and technical matters
13:00 

Networking Lunch 

13:30 

Helicopters: Determining Access Benefits, Weather Limitations And Impact On Vessel Design

  • How are OEM contracts shaping up when taking helicopters into account?
  • Overcoming limitations such as
- Many weather restrictions
- Visibility
- Flying in the dark
- Pilot skills
  • How are vessels going to accommodate helicopters when this far out?
  • Oil & Gas experience on the use of helicopters far offshore
  • Are the weather risks much higher?
  • Accommodation platform with helideck
14:00

The Evolution Of SOVs In Adapting From Near To Far From Shore Wind Project Requirements  

  • An overview of how SOVs have been meeting different type of needs from R1 to R3 projects
  • How have they changed in terms of size and performance?
  • IMO Classification of “industrial personnel” – how will this influence SOV size?
  • Meeting client needs in terms of :
    • Capacity
    • Transfer of technicians:  
      • Gangway systems being used
      • Safe transferable system and capacity
      • Cooperating with CTVs
      • Can SOVs use motherships as ports and come back to shore only once a month or even less? 
14:30 

OEM’s Perspective On Commercial Risks On Vessel Accessibility To Offshore Wind Farms

15:00

Networking Break And Afternoon Refreshments 

15:30 

Finding A New Role To Jack Up Vessels For Further Offshore Projects In Order To Bring Down Costs And Use Available Assets

  • Leaving Jack Ups in the field to overcome difficulty to move them
  • Using Jack Up vessels as accommodation in winter time and for minor works in summer: is this a sustainable solution?  
  • Can Jack Up vessels used mainly for heavy lift O&M activities? 
16:00

Floating Wind: What Can Vessel Providers Do To Counteract Installation And O&M Challenges In Order To Support Floating Advancements?

  • Floating Platforms: New Built Concept vs. Fixed Platforms And Logistic Hubs
  • What can we do? Can we do more work with floating?
  • Can we do technician transfer?
  • High sea state floating; what’s going on in that space?
  • Floating turbines: how are we going to maintain them?
  • Deeper water projects - how are you going to change gearboxes? 
16:30 

End Of The Day Utilities And Developers Panel Discussion:

  • Wind farm operators: what do they have in mind for R3 vessels? How can vessel designers meet those needs whilst containing costs?  
  • How are utilities using current technologies? Where and how such use can be maximised?
  • How to deal with growing 1GW wind farm at a strategic and daily level
  • How to plan ahead with your SOVs, wind turbine service and models being used
  • Rethinking the way you use available technology 
17:15 

Chair's Closing Remarks 

17:30 

End of Day 1 and Drinks Reception Hosted By Tidal Transit