Day 1 - Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Registration, Tea and Coffee


Chairman's Introduction
The Challenges Of R3, O&M Activities And The Role Of Innovation In Bringing Down The Cost Of Energy

Mike Vanstone, Marine Operations Manager , Vattenfall


24/7 O&M Operations At Walney Offshore Windfarm

The presentation will be coupled with real-life input on how vessels/operations work in reality in terms of HSE, work routines, planning etc.

Niels A. Jensen, Lead Maritime Project Manager, Naval Architect, DONG Energy 

David Ducie, Head of Operations at Walney Offshore Windfarm, DONG Energy


The Future Of Vessels For Offshore Wind

Ketil Arvesen, Vice President , First Olsen Ltd, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier  


A Developer’s Views On Further Offshore Sites And Vessel Shortage Risk Concerns That Could Impact Availability

  • Vessel shortage risk for R3 and is wind going to be competing with Oil and Gas for installation time?
  • Requirements and availability targets for developing R3 projects
  • O&M strategies for near shore versus far shore projects

Hernan Vargas,  O&M Engineer,  Vattenfall


Morning Networking Break


New Vessels And Access Solutions For O&M Logistics

The new Walk to Work vessel:

  • Seakeeping and comfort levels: how the hull form allows for up to 30% reduction of accelerations
  • How the design enables accessibility of no less than 80%
  • Standard cabin design features including functional and recreational facilities, interior design with optimal use of natural light
  • The Damen Twin Axe R&D project: transfer vessels for optimising access – what are the results of testing and what are the timeframes for commercial release?

Peter Robert, Business Development Manager Offshore Wind,
Damen Shipyards Group


Panel Discussion: Accommodation Vessels And Offshore Personnel Plans For Far From Shore Projects

  • Where will developers/operators locate personnel offshore, how many and for how long?
  • Working patterns from offshore accommodation
  • Floatels and mini mother ships: how popular will they be and how will it affect future demand for workboats?
  • Resources for transfer: walk to work or daughter craft? Should we move the accommodation daily?
  • Can the mother ship be considered a ‘safe haven’ in current safety standards?

Panellists include:

Mike Vanstone, Marine Operations Manager, Vattenfall

Peter Robert, Business Development Manager Offshore Wind , Damen Shipyards Group

Stephen Ward, Head of Project Management UK , AREVA Wind




Study On Advanced Composite Passenger Carrying Vessels For The Offshore Wind Industry

The benefits of building a passenger carrying vessel in advanced composite (carbon fibre and epoxy infusion)

  • Life cycle costs and advantages of carbon fibre construction
  • Exploration of the safety and comfort aspects of advanced composite vessels
  • The capabilities of Danish Yachts’ SWATH vessels

Hans Nadolny, Commercial Sales Director , Danish Yachts


Selecting The Best Fit Vessel: How To Tailor Vessel Choice To Operational Needs

The presentation shall be from a hydrodynamic and cost-effective position and will consider:

  • Various service vessel designs and general performance
    • Classic CTV (mostly), mother vessels, supply vessels, combination
    • Speed, seakeeping, stability, cost, payload, range, class
  • Various operational needs
    • Distance from harbor, environmental conditions, payload
  • Best match between vessel and operational need
    • When to use which vessel/setup

Trygve Halvorsen Espeland, Section Manager, Umoe Mandal AS


Round Table Discussions:
Choose Your Topic Of Interest

Facilitated discussion tables focused on new technologies, future requirements and innovations.

  • Cable Barges And Installation Vessels: Designing For Manoeuvrability And Carrying Capacities 
    David Carr,  Databases & Trackers Editor, Windpower Intelligence
  • Crew Competency, Qualifications And Retention 
    Philip Woodcock, Operations  Director, Workships 
  • Latest Vessels Available For Technician Transfer To Multiple Locations
    Hernan Vargas, O&M Engineer , Vattenfall
  • New Specialist Vessels For Offshore Wind  
    Mark Costa Ros, Manager, Offshore Wind – Innovations , Carbon Trust
  • How To Determine The Optimal Fleet  
    Matthias Mross, Managing Partner,  German Renewables Shipbrokers
  • Motherships, Launch And Recovery Systems
    Mark Willbourn, Independent Consultant
  • Contract Risk In The Face Of Limited Vessel Availability And Compressed Weather Windows
    Michael Bullock, Director, Renewable Risk Advisors
  • Is Chasing Higher Wave Heights The Future For Vessels And Access Systems Or Are There Natural And Commercial Limits? 

    Colin Pearce,  Renewables Business Development Manager ,
    Houlder Ltd.

  • WINDTIME, the new standard charter party for wind farm crew transport vessels 
    Grant Hunter, Chief Officer Legal and Contractual Affairs, BIMCO

  • Use Of Innovative Vessels To Improve Cost and Risk Reduction
    Richard Parkinson, Managing Director, Mojo Maritime

Afternoon Networking Break


Financier’s Perspective On Project Finance For R3 Construction And O&M

  • Concerns around the Wind Industry’s approach to Round 3 technologies and conditions
  • What is a financier looking for in a finance application for a Round 3 Wind Power project?

Matt Taylor, Project Manager, Green Giraffe Energy Bankers


Defining Your Risk Model To Take Account Of Weather Risk

  • How to manage the knock-on effect of variations in seasons and weather: the critical path

  • How weather risks are defined and allocated in contract negotiations

  • Defining the operating parameters of weather risk

Michael Bullock, Director, Renewable Risk Advisors


Chair’s Closing Remarks

Mike Vanstone, Marine Operations Manager , Vattenfall


Networking Drinks Reception

Hosted by Tidal Transit


Vessels And Access Forum Dinner

Join your fellow delegates for a relaxed sociable evening with fine food and wine at The Bluebird, Chelsea.

Please note that delegates must pre-book their places at the dinner (please see the registration form ).