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HeliOffshore, a safety-focused association for the offshore helicopter industry, has formed a new work group to focus the implementation of its safety strategy with regard to offshore wind farm support.
Van Oord's installation vessel Aeolus has wrapped up sea trials off the North Holland coast, marking the completion of the modification campaign that commenced in 2017. Now, the vessel is ready to start working on the Norther offshore wind farm.
Holland Shipyards delivered an accommodation block for Van Oord's Aeolus in February, along with a Helicopter Operation Reception Room Facility (HeliLounge).
Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH has awarded Heli Service International with a contract to carry out helicopter services to and from the 400MW Global Tech I offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.
Vroon’s first DP2 subsea-support walk-to-work (W2W) vessel, VOS Start, will start her first offshore wind charter at DONG Energy's Walney Extension offshore wind farm following her official naming ceremony scheduled for next Thursday, 20 July.
Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) has released Offshore Wind Access 2017 report, which provides an overview of the existing and under-development access systems for offshore wind operation and maintenance (O&M). Besides the conventional method of access to the boat landing through crew transfer vessels, motion compensated gangways on the deck of service operation vessels […]
E.ON, Siemens, Northern HeliCopter GmbH and Offshore VENTUSmedic medical control centre have recently carried out an unannounced alarm exercise at the Amrumbank West offshore wind farm. The deployed personnel, the crew of Northern HeliCopter GmbH’s offshore rescue helicopter and the Offshore VENTUSmedic medical control centre operated by the Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe accident assistance organization, were given no advance information, and […]
Early August saw an initial training session in the North Sea involving Bernhard Schulte Offshore GmbH's new service operation vessel (SOV) Windea La Cour, chartered out to Siemens Wind Power, and the Northern Rescue 01 offshore rescue helicopter, Northern HeliCopter GmbH reports. The training was focused on the communication between the bridge of the SOV and the […]
Emden-based HeliService International has taken delivery of its first Leonardo AW169 helicopter which will be used to support Siemens' personnel during maintenance operations on the 600MW Gemini wind farm off the coast of the Netherlands. The aircraft is on a 5-year contract for winching maintenance personnel onto Gemini's wind turbines and is equipped with a UTC Goodrich winch. The […]
Hamburg-based offshore supply vessel operator Opielok Offshore Carriers (OOC) is pressing on with the plan to commission the 26 meter crew transfer vessel OOC NERZ in January 2016 and make a move into the offshore wind industry. OOC NERZ is the company’s first of four BMT Nigel Gee-designed crew transfer vessels built in compliance to German […]
Dutch offshore wind solutions provider Seawind has developed a novel 6.2MW two-bladed upwind turbine with a 126 metre rotor diameter, plus additional technology for bottom-fixed and floating installations together aimed at driving down the cost of energy decisively. Offshore WIND spoke with chief technical officer Silvestro Caruso about product design philosophy, dedicated technology features and […]
Events such as the EWEA OFFSHORE that took place in March, are providing excellent opportunities to hear all about the latest developments and challenges to overcome in the vibrant industry that is offshore wind. But reading and hearing is one thing... Experiencing the real thing is another. To give Offshore WIND and the articles we write as […]
Siemens has signed a chartering agreement with ship owner Bernhard Schulte for two new service operations vessels (SOV) to be purpose-built for the long-term service and maintenance operations of the Gemini and Sandbank/Dan Tysk offshore wind power plants in the North Sea. Officials from Siemens and Bernhard Schulte together with its offshore wind affiliate WINDEA […]
Pontoon loaded with offshore wind turbine parts sinks off Germany A pontoon loaded with parts for offshore wind turbines sank on Wednesday morning (August 13) in the Baltic Sea. The 35×11 meters large transporting pontoon sprung a leak while being towed from Stralsund towards Kiel by Bösch tug, and sank almost four kilometers northwest of […]
On December 15, 2014, a launching ceremony was held at the terminal in Emden’s outer harbour for a further Windea catamaran that is entering service under the German flag. The ship’s godmother Miranda van Laar-Prikkel, wife of co-partner Paul van Laar from IJmuiden in the Netherlands, gave the “Twin Axe Bow” type catamaran from Damen […]
In the very first edition of Offshore WIND we reported on access systems as the means for safe transfers of personnel to offshore wind turbines. At that time it was still a relatively new topic in this industry. We discussed the systems by Dutch company Ampelmann Operations B.V. and by Offshore Solutions. Now, five years […]
On Wednesday December 10th, the first edition of the Belgian Offshore Day took place on the Rebo-site in the Port of Oostende. The Belgian Offshore Day is a business event that completely fits within the framework of the offshore wind business. All regional players operating in the sector were present and had the opportunity to put their knowledge […]
In August Vattenfall and Stadtwerke Miinchen (SWM) reached an investment agreement for the Sandbank offshore wind project, with an investment value of approximately €1,2bn, to be built 90km west of the island of Sylt. A special project company, Sandbank Offshore GmbH, is set up for this purpose whereby Vattenfall holds 51% and SWM 49% of […]
The main interview in this edition covers Van Oord Offshore who has recently taken delivery of their new wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV) Aeolus. We now look at what three other companies operating these types of vessels are thinking about now and for in the future. Depending on your definition of a WTIV there are […]
Final touches have been made to the Damen Walk 2 Work vessel, a completely new and innovative design for the offshore support vessel market. Damen also decided to start building the vessel on speculation, this is marked with the start of the basic and consequently detailed engineering of the vessel. The vessel will support and […]
Last week, the Cargo Transfer System (CTS), the latest innovation of the Ampelmann fleet, has been successfully tested. Besides the traditional Ampelmann gangway which provides safe people transfer, the CTS is equipped with a crane that allows safe cargo transfer from a moving vessel to any fixed or floating structure at sea. The CTS is […]
According to 365Design, based in Hyderabad, India, the company has developed a new portable helipad applicable on offshore wind farms. 365Design says that the solution is cost-effective and more safe, with no need for hoist operations. A helicopter can land directly onto a portable helipad. As offshore wind farm developers place helipad decks on a wind farm […]
RWE Innogy has awarded Dutch company Jack-Up Barge B.V. the contract to provide an accommodation platform at the construction site of the Nordsee Ost Offshore Wind Farm. The jack-up vessel “JB 114” will temporarily accommodate up to 40 employees to carry out commissioning works at the wind farm’s internal transformer station from mid-July. “The jack-up […]
There are some blunt facts about wind farm support vessels and some of them do not make pleasant reading. In the past four years there have been many wind farm support vessels built, some for existing companies and some for new companies. At the time they were ordered the prospects looked good with the UK […]
DNV GL is initiating a Joint Industry Project (JIP) to provide guidance on an alternative means of personnel transfer onto offshore installations. The “Walk to Work” (W2W) approach, where offshore installations are manned from a ship via gangway is being increasingly considered and used in the North Sea and other oil and gas regions to […]
Offshore WIND also spoke to the top management of four of the WTIV owner/operators to find out what their views and ideas are concerning the tools of their trade, the wind turbine installation vessels. These four companies are all working in the same market, experiencing the same conditions, both financial and physical. What are the companies experiencing now and […]