Ports & offshore wind: understanding needs, maximizing benefits

The course has been designed to take the attendee from an early appreciation of the offshore wind industry, through to a high-level introductory review of the vessels, equipment and transport, and installation activities employed across the range of wind farms developed to date, and foreseen.

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Ports & Offshore Wind

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  • Duration:

    1 day

  • Date:

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  • Location:

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Additional information                                                                                                                     The course will cover the key port infrastructure requirements to deliver any major type of offshore wind project, and how these are assessed. These factors are viewed from the perspective of what effect they have on each of the major stakeholders.

These factors may include - the competitiveness of major supply chain manufacturers like foundation or turbine suppliers located in ports; the influence that correct port selection can have on the cost-effectiveness of construction delivery from the perspective of Installation Contractors and Developers; and the various commercial opportunities and threats that aspects of the offshore wind industry represents to port management, both in terms of current practice, but also “disruptive technologies” that could be deployed, and changes to the regulatory and economic drivers which currently exist in the industry, or may be relevant in the future.
The focus will be mainly upon the physical and technical practicalities, but the course will also look at pertinent commercial cost-drivers (cycle-time analyses and port-fees, for example) and what consideration is given to these during port selection and how these are factored into project cost-modelling.
Trainer                                                                                                                                                  Chris Garrett has been an Offshore Wind Farm Installation Engineer with DNV GL for 7 years, and specializes in Port requirements for Renewable Energy. He has conducted Ports appraisals for offshore wind farm developers, turbine manufacturers, and UK & German Government Economic Development departments. Geographically these projects have spanned the Southern North Sea, Irish Sea, and Baltic, as well as the US Great Lakes, China, Taiwan and India.

Course outline:                                                                                                                            09:00    Introduction

09:10    Which vessels & equipment enter ports during “Offshore” activities?

09:55    What activities can be expected in a port in support of the “Offshore” work?

10:40    Coffee break

11:10    Key features of ports from a user perspective

11:55    Marshalling “Offshore” components in ports

12:40    Lunch

13:40    Port fees: a brief review

14:25    Port suitability assessment methodologies

15:10    Open discussion (and coffee)

16:00    Close

Who should attend?                                                                                                                          This course is primarily focused at offshore wind farm developers and supply chain manufacturers, and port authorities; however, other professionals who wish to benefit from DNV GL’s knowledge of ports and offshore wind could also attend.