Wednesday 21 October - Forum Day Two

Registration And Refreshments


Chair’s Opening Remarks

Ranjit Mene, Head Of Offshore UK Sales, Senvion     



Solutions For Long Term On Site Accommodation For Far From Shore Wind Farms

  • O&M requirements to support further offshore wind farms

  • Permanent platforms versus Flotels and SOVs: how do they compare in terms of health and safety, productivity, accessibility and employee wellbeing?

  • Is partnering up with other projects to share accommodation a possibility?

  • Logistics to support far from shore solutions

David Matthews, General Manager UK, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier



The “Human Factor”: Analysing The Benefits And Limits Of Technicians Living Offshore For A Long Period Of Time

  • What would be the role of mothership vessels in ensuring comfort for technicians? 
  • Comparing near-shore and far-from-shore experiences in terms of:

                              - Port downtime
                              - Seasickness
                              - Visual and physical performance
                              - Safety: accidents, failures, incidents 

  • Adapting training practices to further offshore challenges

Participants include:
Thomas Arensbach , Head Of Offshore Projects UK, Siemens   

Philip Strong   , CEO,    Reflex Marine

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


Networking break 




Assessing The Best Far From Shore Practices To Improve O&M Activities And Increase Turbine Availability

  • Promptly identifying faults and intervening with fit for purpose solutions on site looking at:

                              - Helicopters
                              - 24/7 troubleshoot teams 
                              - Multitask technicians 

  • Alternatives to increase availability including: 

                              - Operating a wind farm as a power plant
                              - Imposing pitch to improve availability and reduce energy losses

  • How to integrate CTVs and SOVs with helicopters 
  • Potential use of motherships with Launch and Recovery Systems during construction
  • What is the best mix to ensure effective working hours for technicians? 
  • Learning from other industries: key takeaways from Oil & Gas and Aviation experience

Enrico Schäfer , Operations Manager - Offshore Wind Farm Amrumbank West, E.ON


Shore-Based Versus Offshore-Based Operations

  • Review of “Safe Haven” legislation
  • CTVs versus SOVs performance and long-term potential
  • Addressing the need for bigger SOVs 
  • Fixed platforms versus motherships   

Dr. Mayorkinos Papaelias, Senior Lecturer, Birmingham University 


Networking Lunch 


Bigger Turbines: What Should Developers Take Into Account For Further Offshore Maintenance Activities?

  • Challenges of repairing large components versus small repairs
  • Ensuring turbines will be reliable once installed 
  • Assessing health and safety issues when inspecting and maintaining bigger turbines
  • Maintenance planning at an early stage to mitigate risks associated with unproven technology

Magnus Ebbesen, Senior Consultant, DNV GL 


Thinking “Hands Off” Further From Shore: Solving Project Development And O&M Issues Using Satellite Technology

  • Overview of satellite technology and current and future capabilities
  • Summary of key R&D projects involving Satellite Applications in the offshore wind and maritime sectors, from bathymetric surveying to structural monitoring
  • Insight into Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and Satellite Applications Catapult joint R&D projects
  • How satellites can enable offshore wind cost reduction
  • Routes to R&D funding for demonstration of satellite technologies

Mike Newman, Innovation Manager, ORE Catapult


Floating Offshore Wind: Market And Technology Review

  • Could near-shore floating wind farms be more cost-effective than far-shore fixed-bottom wind farms?
  • What are the main market and technical barriers to commercialising floating wind?
  • How can the necessary cost reduction be achieved?
  •   Which markets are expected to take the lead in commercialising floating wind technology?
Rhodri James, Associate Offshore Wind, The Carbon Trust 



Delegates choose to participate in one of following facilitated group discussions: 

  1. Substations: How to maintain these asset and how will OFTO fit in? 
  2. Fixed platforms: Potential and limitations 
  3. Project size: What is the critical size for successful operations and controlling costs?
  4. Strategies to efficiently resolve unexpected turbine faults at far from shore sites 
  5. Cutting-edge composite and high specification vessels: assessing the benefits

Hosts include:  
Rhodri James,  Associate Offshore Wind,  The Carbon Trust 
Ajai Ahluwalia , Senior Offshore Wind Operations & Maintenance Engineer,  Scottishpower  
Dr Marcel Wiggert , Group Manager,  Fraunhofer IWES  


Chair’s Closing Remarks


Networking time:  Make the most of the event and keep the discussions going with some coffee and cake! 


Close Of The Forum