Vessels and Access forum 2017

Windpower Monthly Vessels And Access Forum

Day 1 - Wednesday, 10th May 2017 

Registration, Tea and Coffee


Chairman's Opening Remarks 

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


Keynote:  Market Overview On Vessels And Demand For Offshore Projects 

TRANSITIONING FROM near shore TO far from shore PROJECTS


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 

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 

Networking Break And Morning Refreshments 

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


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? 

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

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

Networking Lunch 


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

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? 

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


Networking Break And Afternoon Refreshments 


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? 

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? 

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 

Chair's Closing Remarks 


End of Day 1 and Drinks Reception Hosted By Tidal Transit