Offshore Wind
Journal Conference 4 February 2020

Offshore Wind <br>Journal Conference


Exploring growth opportunities in a buoyant market


08.00 Registration, coffee and networking

09.00 Welcome address from Riviera Maritime Media
Chairman: Edwin Lampert, Head of Content, Riviera Maritime Media

09.05 Platinum Sponsor Address
Yannis Calogeras, UK & Ireland Marine Chief Executive, Bureau Veritas

09.10 The developing offshore wind market

  • New opportunities for OSV owners
  • The types of vessels/services in demand and where the demand is coming from
  • Opportunities/barriers to entry?

David Foxwell, Editor, Offshore Wind Journal


09.15 Trends, developments and opportunities in the UK

  • Projected growth
  • Commercial opportunities  

Rebecca Williams, Senior Policy Manager, RenewableUK

09.30 Trends, developments and opportunities in Europe

  • Including France, Germany and Baltic states
  • Projected growth
  • Commercial opportunities

Trends, developments and opportunities in Asia 

  • including Taiwan, Japan, China and South Korea
  • New markets update: India, Vietnam, Australia
  • Projected growth
  • Commercial opportunities 

John MacAskill, Director, Offshore Wind Consultants
William Cleverly, Managing Director, Offshore Wind Consultants Taiwan

10.00 Q&A

10.10 Trends, developments and opportunities in the US

  • The offshore wind pipeline in the US
  • Projected growth by state
  • Commercial opportunities
  • US vessel regulatory issues
  • Jones Act compliance

Ross Tyler, Executive Vice President, Business Network for Offshore Wind
Charlie Papavizas, Partner & Chair, Maritime Practice, Winston & Strawn

10.35 Q&A

10.40 Networking coffee break in the exhibition area sponsored by NOV (National Oilwell Varco)


11.20 Vessel evolution for a developing market
Case study: Wind of Change – an innovative Offshore Wind Vessel

As offshore wind farms are being developed further offshore in deeper waters and in harsher environments, the Service Operation Vessel (SOV) has become a key actor in the offshore wind industry. Wind of Change, the newbuild for Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA), provides a unique onboard logistic solution to ensure safe working conditions and transfer for personnel while remaining cost efficient and environmentally friendly. How are vessel designs continuing to evolve and what regulatory developments are in the pipeline to reflect these vessel advancements?

Eva Peno, Global Market Leader, OSV & Tugs, Bureau Veritas
Hervé Lapierre, Head of the New Building Department, Louis Dreyfus Armateurs

11.40 Q&A

11.50 Case study: OHT Alfa Lift – a new benchmark in offshore wind installation
An innovative ship design taking the advantages of a semi-submersible heavy lift monohull vessel to the foundation installation market
Dolf Manschot, Lead Naval Architect/Project Manager, Ulstein Design & Solutions
Edwin van Leeuwen, Managing Director, Ulstein Design & Solutions

12.10 Q&A

12.15 Panel discussion: Walk-to-work vessels and access systems

  • What are the key trends in the walk-to-work vessel market?
  • Cost benefits in using walk-to-work vessels for decommissioning projects
  • Safety & workability: how will this be improved to meet future demands in deeper waters and for developments in floating offshore wind projects?
  • Innovation in offshore access systems to meet these demands

David Nielsen, Managing Director, F3O Offshore Services
Simon Anink, General Manager Commercial Offshore, Acta Marine Wind Services
Peter Robert, Business Development Manager Offshore Wind, Damen Shipyard Group

Ben Webster, Sales & Marketing Manager, Osbit
Bjørnar Huse, Sales & Business Development Director, UPTIME International

12.45 Q&A

12.50 Networking lunch break


14.00 Equinor’s W2W solutions for next generation O&M in offshore wind and oil & gas
Based on experience of W2W in oil & gas on unmanned wellhead platform operations, Equinor explains the solutions developed and the future activities planned for W2W in offshore wind and oil & gas.
Ole Steinar Anderssen, Advisor LE Marin, Equinor 
Morten Sundt, Manager Marine, Equinor

14.20 Q&A

14.30 How will offshore wind and market developments impact on O&M?

  • What extra considerations are given to O&M for larger turbines, further offshore?
  • Turbines are becoming more efficient and are less prone to failures, what impacts will this have on O&M requirements?
  • How are SGRE reacting to O&M challenges in a changing vessel market?

Craig Morton, Chartering Manager, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

14.50 Q&A

15.00 Panel debate: Next Generation O&M challenges

  • Exploring decisions on vessel chartering contracts: challenging the basis of future  agreements; weighing up the options - newbuild v existing vessel upgrade when  surplus tonnage is available
  • De-commissioning at end-of-life cycle
  • Personnel skills deficit and crew retention in a challenging market
  • The impact of digitalisation and autonomous operations

Craig Morton, Chartering Manager, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Håkon Vevang, Charterer, Østensjø Rederi
Ole Ditlev Nielsen, Business Development Manager, Esvagt

15.30 Networking coffee break in the exhibition area sponsored by NOV (National Oilwell Varco)


Technological considerations for floating offshore wind and the anticipated increase in turbine size, weight and hub heights.

16.10 The role of Wave Monitoring in floating offshore turbine O&M
New thinking and innovative solutions are required for the commercialisation and advancement of floating offshore turbines and wave monitoring could play an increasingly important role in providing efficient O&M, particularly in deeper waters.
Gunnar Prytz, CTO, Miros Group

16.30 Q&A

16.40 Blade inspection and assessment innovation for next generation turbines
The need for a combined flexible solution for offshore wind to tackle weather risk and HSE issues in blade inspections and assessments.
Anders Ropke, CEO, EWPL Ocean

17.00 Q&A

17.10 Case Study: Improving safety and operational efficiencies with a targetless laser reference sensor on an SOV
David McKnight, Optical Technologies Group Manager, Guidance Marine

17.30 Q&A
17.40 Closing remarks from the Conference Chairman
17.45 End of Conference

18.00 Pre-registration, and welcome drinks sponsored by MacGregor for the Annual Offshore Support Journal Conference, Awards & Exhibition. If you wish to register for this conference, please contact

19.30 End of welcome drinks
20.00 End of pre-registration

*Programme subject to change / amendments


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