Vessels and Access forum 2018

Windpower Monthly Vessels And Access Forum

Day 2 - Thursday, 26 April 2018

Registration And Refreshments


Chairman's Introduction

David Matthews,  Marine Strategy And Business Development,  Clarkson Platou

Best Practice For Contract Tendering Allocating Risk And Minimising Costs


Creating Good Contracts And Tendering Processes For Smooth And Cost Effective Operations

  • How does this work and what efficiencies can be gained
  • The benefits and drawbacks of long term charters
  • Risk allocation of projects within contracts and considering project limitations
  • Why specific criteria in tendering is making the vessel market more competitive
  • Having the correct transfer and rescue procedures in place with logistical suppliers
  • Reducing time spent on vessel selection whilst still having the correct due diligence and analysis
  • Ensuring there are detailed technical briefs and specifications in line with contract demands
  • Sharing jack up costs and the way very expensive charters approach the market

PANEL: Minimising Costs And Assessing Risk Allocation To Prepare For The Maturation Of The Offshore Market

  • How the low tender bids require different thinking and smarter working
  • Changing profit models as a result of cost pressures
  • Reducing o&m phase costs through better planning in earlier phases
  • Making use of all vessel types to cut expenditures
  • Modelling the cost availability on investment in new designs and concepts: increased revenue vs. increase cost
  • What commercial tools are available for cost control monitoring and analysis How could pressure on capex and opex could remove offshore comforts to accommodate heavy machinery costs
  • Can the cost pressures created by the cfd auctions have a negative impact on innovation and safety offshore
  • Will hybrid electricity fuel solutions create the much needed cost reductions offshore
  • Dealing with different risk profiles
    • Who is taking on various risk aspects and is it right that they should do so?
    • Where does commercial risk lie in line with health and safety concerns/procedures
    • Correctly allocating risk so that all parties have fair/equal stake in each project
    • Technical downtime risks

Networking Break And Morning Refreshments

Health and Safety & Site Readiness For O&M


Where Has Health And Safety Guidelines Made A Difference And What Else Must Be Considered For The Future

  • How have guidelines on walk to work been received
  • Achieving a cost vs’ safety balance on vessels
  • Where do operational regulations between vessel types differ
  • How do company operational guidelines influence usage of helicopters
  • What are the new innovations of guidelines on cargo transfer
  • Latest incidents that can be learnt from
  • Wave height management with crew and vessel
    • Using maximum wave height management vs. significant wave height management
    • The dangers of subjective thresholds
  • Should oil and gas regulations be used or even considered applicable to offshore wind
  • Will the rise of autonomous gangway systems and other automated machinery create safer environments offshore

Andrew Sykes, Technical Manager, Energy Institute


Site Readiness For O&M Phase Operations And The Effective Porting Process

  • Operational strategy for O&M prior to bidding and/or financial close
  • Developing site readiness and operation strategy through detailed logistics contracts
  • Best practice for recruiting site teams
  • Instilling safe developer site procedures whilst optimising operational and capital budgets
  • New tools and schedule planners available
  • Why flexibility in people and equipment transfer is the real challenge
  • The porting process:
    • Ensuring readiness and free movement regardless of location
    • Taking an active involvement in the development of the local ports
    • Getting road access and the supply chain surrounding the port
    • Working with other vessels and wind companies not to congest the ports and harbours

Access Methods And The Evolution Of Technology Within Automation And Data


Knowing Which Access Systems And Upgrades Can Benefit Your Work

  • How have the latest gangway systems worked in practice
  • What negative impact access systems are available and how have they adapted to being further offshore
  • Proven concepts that improve accessibility whilst remaining safe
  • Creating easily integratable systems for vessel application
  • What addons are available and is there a clear ROI and benefit for them
  • Evolution of products and improved uptimes in next generation technology
  • Operational experiences of using dynamic positioning
    • How does it give better access for sov’s
    • Benefits of integrating dynamic positioning to ship power with hybrid systems

Networking Lunch


CASE STUDY: Operational Use Of Helicopters

  • Are helicopters a threat to certain business models
  • How will they assist with the movement further offshore
  • What access is there available for bigger machines
  • Legalities of aviation access to windfarms
  • Benefits of winching capabilities further offshore
  • Combining rescue and maintenance

The Evolution Of Concepts, Technology And Automation

  • What is currently being developed that will be benefit offshore operations
  • Latest cargo transfer systems and cargo baskets
  • Enabling faster and safer projects with newer technologies
  • What cost innovations are out there
  • How to create an environment in which new design and concepts can push the boundaries in terms of access and availability
  • Will the rise of automated machinery create a safer working environment
  • How regulations and cost sensitivities are holding back potentially beneficial tech advance in automated systems
    • The risk of further downtime periods through heavy reliance on machinery
    • Removing human judgement and subjectivity from risk tolerances for safer operations
    • Where can automation be applied to speed up installation and construction phases of a wind farm

Using Data To Improve Vessels And Access Systems

  • How the planning and scheduling process can be more improved with more reliable data
  • Using historical operational data to improve future decisions
  • The benefits of a control centre to diagnose offshore technological systems from the back office
  • Using data and computational outputs on risk and project parameters to manage expectations
  • Using CM data to maximise efficiencies and improve planning processes
  • Sending the right equipment at the right time with the right level of and number of people
  • What must happen to advance from diagnostics to prediction and prognosis

Fausto Pedro Garcia Marquez, Senior Lecturer, UCLM


Chair’s Closing Remarks

David Matthews,  Marine Strategy And Business Development,  Clarkson Platou


End Of Forum And Extending Networking

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