Vryhof, together with its business unit Deep Sea Mooring (DSM), has launched a new engineering unit to support the company’s renewables, offshore oil & gas, and aquaculture operations.
The company said its new unit will be home to some of the industry’s leading engineers with previous experience as oil & gas operators, rig owners and vessel designers, and will provide expertise in hydrodynamic and vessel motion analysis, advanced mooring analysis (including for offshore wind turbines and offshore fish farms), dynamic positioning (DP) analysis, flexible and rigid riser analysis, complex marine operations (including offshore crane operations and subsea operations), and probabilistic and deterministic stability analysis for all ship types and floating structures.
A main element of the new unit’s activities will be a large server with parallel processing capabilities. This will enable Vryhof and DSM to carry out 120 simultaneous engineering simulations, thereby shortening computational times, reducing assumptions and simplifications, and delivering highly accurate and less conservative engineering analysis for customers, according to the company.
In offshore wind, Vryhof has mostly done work through its Vryhof Anchors business unit, the manufacturer of the anchoring system for the world’s first floating offshore wind turbine, the Hywind Demo, installed 10km off the western coast of Norway and put into operation in 2010.
The company also delivered the anchors for the Fukushima Forward floating offshore wind farm demonstration project.
Vryhof Anchors has also been a part of the European joint industry project looking for new and cost-effective anchoring solutions for the offshore renewables sector in synthetic materials, as well as a US project aiming to develop a new mooring system for floating offshore wind turbines that uses an integrated network of anchors and lines.