Vessels and Access forum 2018

Windpower Monthly Vessels And Access Forum

Day 1 - Wednesday, 25 April 2018 
08:30

Registration, Tea and Coffee

09:00

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

09:15

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
09:45 

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:

TBC

10:30

Networking Break And Morning Refreshments

11:00

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
11:30

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

12:00

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
12:30

Networking Lunch

13:30

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
14:00

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
14:30

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

15:00

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
15:30

Networking Break And Afternoon Refreshments

16:00

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

16:30

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?
17:00

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

Participant:

Clym Stock-Williams, Wind Energy Consultant, ECN

17:30

Chair's Closing Remarks 

David Matthews, Marine Strategy And Business Development, Clarkson Platou

17:30

End of Day 1

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