Day 1

Tuesday 28 May 2019

08:00 Registration
09:00 Chair’s Opening Remarks

09:15 Opening keynote: What are Developers Looking for from Vessel Contractors During the Governmental Tendering Phase?

  • Looking beyond cost effectiveness, and the benefits of proving reliability during tendering
  • Understanding preferences from a developer standpoint for more standardisation in vessel design and access practices

Russell Hill, Leader Supply Chain Management Marine Operations, Equinor

09:45 Panel Discussion: Developments in Offshore Access for New Sites Over the Next Five Years

  • Identifying obstacles for cost-effective access to cold locations and deeper waters
  • Measuring conditions in real-time for better logistic planning
  • Determining changes in use of SOVs, CTVs, and aerial support to reduce cost of installation and operations of new site

Femke Brenninkmeijer, Director Energy, Cargo, and Offshore, Port of Amsterdam
Russell Brice, Head of Marine Operations and Ports, Siemens Gamesa
Dr. Roberts Proskovics, Project Engineer, ORE Catapult

10:30 Morning Networking Break and Refreshments


11:15 Designing the Human out of Offshore Installation for Reduction in Vessel Operation Costs and Safety Risk

  • Safety and crew retention as major challenges in offshore operations
  • Reduction of CAPEX/OPEX with smaller crews
  • Identifying elements of installation that can be changed so on-site presence of large crews is no longer necessary

Feargal Brennan, Professor of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering, University of Strathclyde

11:45 Sourcing Cranes that can Accommodate Larger Turbines to Ensure Scheduled Installation

  • Preparing for next generation turbines, with rotar diameters over 100-metres, coming to the market
  • Understanding what the weight limit for cranes lifting turbines on the market today are
  • Identifying which cranes are able to lift in the weight range necessary to install larger turbines, and planning for their availability

Joerg Huemmer, WTG Installation Engineer, E.On

12:15 Lunch

Optimising Logistic Access

13:30 Panel Discussion: Identifying New Developments in Offshore Wind Turbine Technology

  • Updates on turbines coming to the market in 2020
  • Lessons learned from installation and O&M access for 8MW+ turbines over the past year
  • Logistics as a limiting factor for size of turbines

Alberto Barcia, Commercial Director, Ingeteam
David Matthews, Head of Sales (Northern Europe), GE

Bo Sommer Jacobsen, Lead of Marine Asset Management, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

14.15 Design Drivers for the Future Offshore Wind Access System

  • Identifying and prioritising design drivers of offshore wind access systems for the near-future market
  • Quantifying the influence of the top design drivers on wind farm operational costs
  • Discussing what design parameters can be standardised across the industry

Bo Hu, Researcer and Consultant Wind Energy Technology, ECN TNO

14:45 Afternoon Networking Break and Refreshments

15:30 Innovative and Green Vessel Technologies to Reduce O&M costs

  • Reduce O&M cost by selecting right vessel technology
  • State-of-the art green vessel technologies
  • Hydrogen and electric solutions for CTVs

Trygve Espeland, Naval Architect and Co-Founder, ESNA

16:00 World Cafe: Retaining Skilled Personnel for Offshore Operations and Maintenance

Participants will be invited to sit at different roundtables, each with a topic on a piece of paper for delegates to engage with in an open and honest discussion. After twenty minutes, each member of the table will move to a different table, leaving behind key points from their discussion on the piece of paper to launch new discussions.

  • Reducing cost of hiring and training with better retention
  • Identifying the career paths from the perspective of the crew based on number of vessels
  • Drawing up a strategy to reduce loss of skilled crew members every season

17:00 Chairperson’s Closing Remarks

17:15 Drink’s Reception offered by Tidal Transit

Day 2

Wednesday 29 May 2019

08:30 Registration
09:00 Chair’s Opening Remarks

09:15 Onstage Interview: Market Forecast for Offshore Wind Power in the United States

  • Analysing the results of the Massachusetts Offshore Wind Lease in 2018
  • Determining likelihood of dramatic US expansion of offshore wind
  • Where are the next sites likely to be?

Interviewer: Shaun Campbell, Editor, Windpower Monthly
Interviewee: Emily Huggins Jones, Partner, Squires Patton Boggs

09:45 Panel Discussion: Entering the US Market

  • How to navigate US regulation to take advantage of the boom in offshore wind
  • Understanding needs common to US vessel manufacturers and operators, and how European developers can provide a tangible benefit with joint ventures
  • Accessing the US market within the context of the Jones Act

Kyle Beattie, Senior Naval Architect, Glosten

Frederick Colban-Anderson, Director, Clarksons Platou

Emily Huggins Jones, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs

10:30 Morning Networking Break and Refreshments

11:15 Introducing New Developments of the Next Generation of Transfer of People and Cargo

  • Maximising utilisation and performance of the gangway, while focusing on safe and efficient transfer of personnel and cargo
  • Preparing for the next generation wind turbines, with extensive cargo handling options

Kirstin Timpte, Manager Sales, SMST

11:45 WM Offshore Session

12:15 Reducing Vessel Emissions to Ensure Offshore Wind Farm Access Complies with Decarbonisation Targets

  • The value of reducing carbon emissions across operations
  • Exploring new vessel designs to reduce emissions
  • Bringing offshore charge-point concepts from the drawing board into practice

Dan Kyle Spearman, Associate, The Carbon Trust

12:45 Lunch

14:00 Analysing New Technology for Low-Carbon Vessel Propulsion Systems

  • Drive for low-carbon technologies in the offshore wind O&M
  • Review of alternative low-carbon technologies, including pure electric, hydrogen (fuel cell and combustion) and hybrid technologies
  • Infrastructure requirements – port-side and in-field charging, hydrogen
  • Findings from the low-carbon FEED study in collaboration with Scottish government and industry partners

Dr. Roberts Proskovics, Project Engineer, ORE Catapult

14:30 Panel Discussion: Designing the Next Generation of Vessels and Access Solutions

  • Analysing the access needs for future offshore wind farms in deeper waters and floating offshore wind
  • Discussing new designs for vessels and gangways to reduce operational costs

Dan Kyle Spearman, Associate, The Carbon Trust

Kyle Beattie, Senior Naval Architect, Glosten

15:15 Chairperson’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference