09 September 2016
Offshoreenergy.dk participated in an insightful conference in Oostende, Belgium focused on offshore wind ports and the logistics that surround them.
Day 1 – Ports Platform
Wind Europe hosted a conference in Oostende Belgian about the inauguration of the new platform for offshore wind ports. As an overview the industry is concerned about the lack of technical skilled people, so a challenge is to make the industry attractive for future talent.
The ports relationships with their customers are changing, they are now more focused on forming partnerships. However it is challenge to predict the industries requirements in time. The variations in HSE requirements was briefly mention as a challenge. A new development is that intensive testing in the preassembly phase has made the 500-hour service unnecessary.
Day 2 - Cost efficient offshore wind logistics: The role of ports in a lean supply chain for offshore wind
Cost reduction in offshore wind is the key topic. Leanwind is a project focusing among others on cost efficiency in offshore wind logistics. On the conference day in Oostende Belgium, different researcher presented cost reduction models with various factors, angles and aspects. One model was about ports suitability assessment, another about lifting solution and a third about optimization-based logistic set-up models. An overall concern from the practitioner side is data accessibility and how the models can be adjusted to fit the real life applications.
Both days of the conference will be valuable inputs to the O&M logistics working groups in the Offshore Wind Denmark project, the INNOlog project and of course Victoria’s Ph.D. on how to both carry out development and operations at the same time.
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