Vessels and Access forum 2018

Windpower Monthly Vessels And Access Forum

Day 1 - Wednesday, 25 April 2018 

Registration, Tea and Coffee


Chairman's Opening Remarks 

David Matthews, Marine Strategy And Business Development, Clarkson Platou

Using Macro And Current Trends To Better Understand The Market And Improve Decision Making


KEYNOTE:  A Macro Perspective On The State Of The Offshore Market

  • The effects of oil prices and reduced turnover in the last few years
  • Where are the monopolies and how can competition be further encouraged to lower costs
  • The growth of technology and its influence on offshore projects
    • Weather forecasting systems
    • Heavy load and machinery focus in vessel capabilities
  • How will the market deal with demand and supply of vessels moving forward likely develop moving forward
  • What market segments need development to support industry growth in the future

Panel: How Will Existing Vessels Manage Further Offshore With Larger Turbines?

  • Turbine growth and work in deeper waters further offshore
    • How large will offshore wind turbines grow – 18MW – 25MW? – what loads and dimensions are we facing for installation and maintenance
    • How will current vessel capabilities hold up with regards to future projects planned
    • What is the threshold for requiring larger vessels?
    • The likelihood of a bottleneck scenario of particular types of vessels
  • The need for larger and more complex vessels in the future to accommodate XXL monopiles, jackets, gravity base and floating foundations
  • Understanding the operational limits and max wave heights possible on current assets
  • How will safety guidelines and regulations for working offshore need to adapt
  • What can be taken away from experiences in oil and gas?
    • Is semi offshore a good solution to reducing costs and spending on flotels (island deployment)
    • Repurposing oil rigs and old vessels
  • What role will the Jones Act play

Chair: Mike Vanstone, Marine Operations And Technical Manager, Maritime Operations Department, Vattenfall

Panel Participants:



Networking Break And Morning Refreshments


What Is Trending? SOVs Vs. CTVs

  • Why choose one over the other?
  • The difference in vessel choices between each project and how project speed and expenditure is affected
  • When are long term charters best utilised?
  • Understanding market forces
    • Will losses from downtime on larger turbines create a shift towards heavier SOV use?
    • The phasing out of older and smaller CTV’s with the large scale of future projects
    • How is supply and demand of vessel types being tracked
    • What is the right vessel choice in relation to wind farm size

The Rise Of The SOV: Using Operational Experience To Know What Is Right For Your Site

  • The SOV market and use of SOV’s
  • Scale of development in the past 5 years
  • The use of watercrafts for SOVs and health and safety aspects
    • Regional differences in regulations
  • Should SOV use be constrained to work further offshore at bigger sites?
  • What is the breaking point between use of SOV’s over CTV’s in terms of project demands?
  • Optimal wind farm size for effective vessel operation
  • Standard considerations for choosing SOVs
  • Distance from shore
  • Size of wind farm
  • Time constraints of the project
  • Required add-ons to SOV’s

Global Operational Experiences And Promoting Ergonomic Designs


Operating Abroad And Dealing With Legislation To Take On New Markets

  • Taking experience from Europe whilst working within foreign guidelines
  • What vessels can you actually bring and how can you operate?
  • How are different locations developing
    • What is happening in the Asian and US markets
    • Where are the bottlenecks and where is the growth
    • Opportunities and barriers to entry
  • Differing project specifications and vessel requirements (different metocean requirements – typhoons/ earthquakes/ tropical showers)
  • Foreign porting processes and differences to be aware of
  • How do the contract and tendering processes differ

Networking Lunch


What Implications Will The Jones Act Have On Operating In North America

  • What are the challenges of setting up an operation in the US
  • How will this legislation affect growth of the US offshore market
  • Dealing with higher prices as a result of domestic ship building
  • Re-purposing oil and gas vessels in US markets
  • Will construction and installation project phase vessels suffer the the most
  • Why north america will need to be more open to adapting to new technologies in order to prosper in offshore markets

Using Project Experiences To Create More Detailed Specifications And Better Designs

  • Understanding what specifications are desired most from current and future projects
  • How do existing vessels perform against current operational expectations?
  • How will greater revenue loss from larger turbines affect vessel design and acceptable CAPEX thresholds?
  • The different decision processes for various business models in dealing with downtime
  • What do developers look for in vessel owners?
    • Industry standard specifications for the latest projects
    • Health & safety
    • The need for larger machinery vessels and greater lead times
    • Risk allocation

Latest Vessel Designs And Ordering To Meet Demand

  • Designing to order and benefits and costs involved in the process
  • Logistical modelling for boat design:
    • How to model for boats to operate faster in harder weather conditions and at greater wave heights
  • Planning for quick transfer from large distances
  • Saving costs on vessel construction whilst providing the latest requirements and capabilities
  • How to increase operation times whilst consuming less energy
    • Smart electrical systems for ship
    • How smart energy systems can better distribute and preserve energy on vessels

Re-Thinking Vessel Use For The Full Life Cyle And Dealing With Availability Issues


Creating Multi-Purpose Vessels By Adapting Them For Use Throughout The Life Of Your Wind Park 

  • The whole array of vessels required for the development, construction and maintenance processes right through to decommissioning
  • How could vessels from other stages of the wind farm life cycle be utilised and re-purposed elsewhere
  • What can be learnt from the oil and gas industry
  • Is there a need for another type of vessel that meets the capabilities of both the CTV and SOV
  • How to bring down costs on jack up vessels overall order portfolio and demand for jackups generation

Networking Break And Afternoon Refreshments


Making Smart Vessel Choices And Understanding Availability Issues To Avoid Delayed Projects

  • Fully utilising survey vessels jack ups, cable installation vessels, walk to work, accommodation vessels, diving operation vessels
  • In what situations are SOVs and CTVs best used
  • Using vessels that can be stabilised and the use of bigger ctvs for major component exchange
  • What are the vessel trends within construction and installation phases
  • How effective wind farm design in the early phases can create efficiency for the future
    • Specifying vessel access early on
    • Will the latest planned construction projects cause a vessel availability bottleneck
  • The use of long term contracts to ensure availability in summer periods
  • Having the ability to adapt and work with less than perfect vessels whilst cutting costs through creativity

Using Logistical Planning For Greater Energy Efficiency And Managing Human Resources


CASE STUDY: The Search For Greater Energy Efficiency And Vessel Sharing Programs

  • What is the most fuel efficient way to get offshore and what advances are currently being made in this area
  • Results of the first uses of hybrids and battery supported electric vessels
  • What is the outlook on alternative fuels such as liquified natural gas and hydrogen
  • Best practice for optimising power generation
  • How will peak time batteries work in practice in hybrid vessels
  • Where is vessel sharing possible and how does it work?
    • Vessel sharing in o&m phases across multiple wind farms
    • Examples of sharing in operation and practicalities to consider
    • Sharing vessels with multiple contractors through meticulous planning and availability records
    • Will the future involve offshore work with zero ownership and ‘uber’ style pickup and drop off points?

CHAIN PANEL: Best Practice For Logistical Planning And Managing (Human) Resources Effectively Offshore

*Everyone participating in this panel will get the chance to act as the chairperson and pose questions 

  • Working out vessel roots, resources required and which turbine to repair first
  • Creating optimal scenarios based on past work
  • What cost saving can be made from proper planning?
  • Using the pre-construction and farm designs to better plan vessel access
  • Optimising schedules to make the most of good weather conditions
  • Giving engineers maximum time on the turbines and focusing logistical O&M planning efforts
  • Managing Human resources
    • How vessel capabilities have adapted to long stays offshore and will this remain the case
    • The need for experienced engineers and offshore technician
    • Getting reliable and experienced CTV crews
    • Dealing with seasickness and having contingency plans
    • How will offshore employment contracts need to change for longer work periods offshore


Clym Stock-Williams, Wind Energy Consultant, ECN


Chair's Closing Remarks 

David Matthews, Marine Strategy And Business Development, Clarkson Platou


End of Day 1


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