Optimising access for offshore installation, operations, and decommissioning

Day 1 - Tuesday 28 May 2019



Chair's Opening Remarks


Opening keynote: What are Developers Looking for from Vessel Contractors During the Governmental Tendering Phase?

  • Looking beyond cost effectiveness, and the benefits of proving reliability during tendering 
  • Understanding preferences from a developer standpoint for more standardisation in vessel design and access practices

Russell Hill, Leader Supply Chain Management Marine Operations, Equinor


Panel Discussion: Developments in Offshore Access for New Sites Over the Next Five Years

  • Identifying obstacles for cost-effective access to cold locations and deeper waters
  • Measuring conditions in real-time for better logistic planning
  • Determining changes in use of SOVs, CTVs, and aerial support to reduce cost of installation and operations of new site

Femke Brenninkmeijer, Director Energy, Cargo, and Offshore, Port of Amsterdam

Russell Brice, Head of Marine Operations and Ports, Siemens Gamesa

Dr. Roberts Proskovics, Project Engineer, ORE Catapult


Morning Networking Break and Refreshments


Panel Discussion: Identifying New Developments in Offshore Wind Turbine Technology

  • Updates on turbines coming to the market in 2020
  • Lessons learned from installation and O&M access for 8MW+ turbines over the past year
  • Logistics as a limiting factor for size of turbines

Alberto Barcia, Commercial Director, Ingeteam

Dave Matthews, Head of Sales (Northern Europe), GE

Bo Sommer Jacobsen, Lead of Marine Asset Management, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy



Designing the Human out of Offshore Installation for Reduction in Vessel Operation Costs and Safety Risk

  • Safety and crew retention as major challenges in offshore operations

  • Reduction of CAPEX/OPEX with smaller crews

  • Identifying elements of installation that can be changed so on-site presence of large crews is no longer necessary

Feargal Brennan, Professor of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering, University of Strathclyde


Sourcing Cranes that can Accommodate Larger Turbines to Ensure Scheduled Installation

  • Preparing for next generation turbines, with rotar diameters over 100-metres, coming to the market
  • Understanding what the weight limit for cranes lifting turbines on the market today are
  • I dentifying which cranes are able to lift in the weight range necessary to install larger turbines, and planning for their availability

Joerg Huemmer, WTG Installation Engineer, E.On



Optimising Operations


Standardisation of Access Offshore for Safer, More Efficient Operations

  • Identifying necessity for more standardised access from tendering and safety perspectives
  • Calculating reduction in vessel operational costs as a result of reduced time training in different access methods
  • Determining what can be standardised given rapid innovation to turbines, foundations, and vessels offshore

Bo Hu, Researcer and Consultant Wind Energy Technology , ECN TNO


Using Machine Learning to Coordinate Offshore O&M Activity for Reduced Wind Farm OPEX

  • Gathering environmental data for accurate weather forecasting
  • Challenges with current methods of forecasting and O&M scheduling
  • Integrating already-gathered data to optimise timing of offshore operations
  • Ensuring faster inspections within a shorter timeframe

Cassandra Lenoir, Offshore Wind O&M Engineer, EDF Energy


Afternoon Networking Break and Refreshments


World Cafe: Retaining Skilled Personnel for Offshore Operations and Maintenance

Participants will be invited to sit at different roundtables, each with a topic on a piece of paper for delegates to engage with in an open and honest discussion. After twenty minutes, each member of the table will move to a different table, leaving behind key points from their discussion on the piece of paper to launch new discussions. 

  • Reducing cost of hiring and training with better retention
  • Identifying the career paths from the perspective of the crew based on number of vessels
  • Drawing up a strategy to reduce loss of skilled crew members every season


Chairperson's Closing Remarks 


Drink's Reception

Offered by Tidal Transit