BMO Offshore has won the competitive tender for providing vessel motion monitoring systems for the Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm, jointly owned by SSE and RWE.
In April 2015, SSE issued a Request for Information for Vessel Motion Monitoring Systems on the Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm, which will allow Marine Coordinators to ascertain vessel performance against a set range of metrics.
The ultimate aim of these systems is threefold: to enhance safety, to monitor asset integrity and to increase workability, BMO pointed out.
The company explained that recording the vessel motions and its effects on passengers and issuing notifications when thresholds are exceeded are an important step to improving conditions during transit. During transfers, the monitoring of dockings, fender push-on stability and vessel station-keeping allow to gain insight in potential high-risk situations.
Having monitoring in place enables the operator to ensure that policies are accurately established and effectively conducted.
During dockings, the BMO system provides instant feedback to the captain on whether a docking was conducted within limits. This allows both the crew as well as the maintenance teams onshore to monitor asset integrity and to limit any structural damages.
Vessel motion monitoring systems enable the fact-based assessment of vessel utilisation and help to quantify the added value of innovative solutions (e.g. access systems).
BMO’s founder Gijs Hulscher said: “We are exceptionally proud to have won this tender and we look forward to achieving great results together with SSE and RWE on Greater Gabbard. We pride ourselves in that increasing workability is not just a matter of assessing data, but our analysis facilitates the discussion and enables an effective dialogue between all stakeholders involved (e.g. skipper, marine control and HSE).”
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