Tuesday 20 October - Forum Day One

Registration And Refreshments


Chair’s Opening Remarks

Ranjit Mene, Head Of Offshore UK Sales, Senvion  



Building Wind Farms Further Offshore: Recognising The Challenges And How To Overcome Them With Cost-Effective Strategies 

  • Applying lessons learnt from near shore projects 
  • Determining the wind farm life extension potential 
  • An integrated approach to planning involving the operational, planning and installations teams
  • Driving costs down through financial assessment of a site’s operational potential
  • How to increase yield during summer maintenance activities

Julian Brown, Director, Aarufield 



The “Offshore Maintenance JIP”: Impact Of Improved Accessibility Model Vessel Selection, Optimal O&M Planning And Availability Estimation

  • Improved accessibility model: introducing the human fatigue and vessel hydrodynamics

  • Effect of the improved accessibility model in terms of availability and costs

  • Optimal access vessel selection based on the wind farm location

Masoud Asgarpour  , Project Manager - Offshore Maintenance Joint Industry Project,  ECN


Optimising Development Phase Activities To Successfully Drive Costs Down In The Construction and Operational Phases

  • Close to shore vs far from shore: searching for optimum logistics solutions

  • Step-by-step guideline: development and execution of the transport, installation and commissioning phases 

  • Adjusting the offshore logistics concept to further offshore wind farms and adapting it to the changing requirements of stakeholders

Bernard Casey Head Of Offshore Engineering, Mainstream Renewable Power   


Networking Break And Refreshments



Taking The Next Steps To Install Wind Turbines Offshore In Higher Wind Speeds 

  • Lifting operations - The weakest link in offshore wind

  • The Boom Lock system - From concept to reality

  • Case study from Kentish Flats Extension 
  • Answering the need for non-turbine specific lifting tools and tagline systems

Johan Heiler, General Manager, High Wind 


A Designer’s Perspective: Vessel Selection For Further Offshore Wind Farms

  • Challenges for vessels operating further offshore 
  • Key selection criteria for developers moving further offshore
  • Potential vessels concepts 

  • Fit for purpose - how to choose the right tools for the job

Trygve Halvorsen Espeland , Naval Architect And Co-Founder, ESNA

 Nere Skomedal, Naval Architect And Co-Founder, ESNA 


Networking Lunch 


Helicopter Transport: The Potential Role Of Helicopters In The Continued Build-Out Of Further Offshore Wind Farm Projects

  • Developing a strategic thinking to help creating your own access mix strategies 

  • Interface with Oil & Gas 

  • Development of offshore aviation guidance

  • European dimension

  • Creating a consistent and coherent approach across the industry to engage with the helicopter operators

Matthew Clear , Senior Development Manager – Strategic Workstream, The Crown Estate


From Accessibility To Availability: How To Optimise Transfer Time, Bring Down Costs And Limit Turbine Downtime

  • Analysing the key factors and challenges that affect access and availability when further offshore

  • Transfer time: pros and cons of 24 hour staggered shifts 

  • Turbine availability: potential of using only one team for troubleshooting and planned maintenance

Dr Marcel Wiggert, Group Manager, Fraunhofer IWES


Networking Break And Afternoon Refreshments 


Resolving The Issue Of Safe Access In More Demanding Weather Conditions

  • 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 

Philip Strong  , CEO,  Reflex Marine


The Weather And Helicopter Transports To Far From Shore Wind Farms

  • Weather uptime for helicopter traffic vs. transits by CTV
  • Advantages and challenges of helicopter transports with respect to weather
  • Weather forecasting experience from the Oil & Gas and Offshore Wind industries
Maria Pedrosa, Head Of Aviation Services, StormGeo 

Chair’s Closing Remarks


Close Of Day One