Lead Session Chair:
Stephan Barth, Managing Director, ForWind - Center for Wind Energy Research, Germany
Axel Juhnke (1) F P André Hurtig (1)
(1) WindManhip GmbH, Hamburg, Germany
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No successful implementation without marine coordination
In areas where the German Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration (WSV) does not operate maritime traffic control, a wind farm operator is obliged to carry out maritime surveillance by certified nautical specialists within a zone of at least 12 sea miles around the wind farm.The maritime surveillance of an offshore wind farm helps prevent collisions of vessels and with turbines. It constitutes the basis for introducing any measures necessary to protect the persons working and the wind farm itself and also contributes towards the safety of maritime traffic.
Gained experience will be shown and questions will be raised how to effectively apply Marine Coordination and what challenges does a Marine Coordination have:
What are Marine Coordination requirements in implementation as well as in operation and maintenance phase?
What are the main challenges in Marine Coordination and how to deal with them?
Could 'non-nautical-scientists' operate a Marine Coordination for an Offshore Windpark? Or is an adequate training for 'non-nautical-scientists' sufficient?
Could Marine Coordination be part of the licence extensions of nautical scientists?
Main body of abstract
Marine Coordination and supervising health and safety issues is required and implemented worldwide. It ensures a long- term operation of the wind turbines while mitigating risks and investments.
Relevant information like certificates, approvals related to personnel and equipment needs to be documented and stored. Directives must be distributed, safety guidelines to be instructed, hazards to be identified and remedied. Through the permanently change of the harsh environment on site they must be constantly levelled and in occurrence of emergencies the entire documentation needs to be prompt on hand.
Besides people tracking, the coordination of ships and vessels play a decisive role during transport and installation of an offshore wind farm.
Therefore the process of permit-to-work is a key factor for a fast and safe marine coordination and time critical for the wind farm itself. All offshore assignments need to be checked, approved and documented.
Interfaces between the construction phases should be identified and aligned.
All these workflows require a proper quality in a fast and 24/7 approach. Vessel charters and downtimes for high-qualified personnel have a huge impact in the installation time and overall investments.
Hence it is important to know and to take the processes and requirements for a fast and safe approach in to the field. Teams with experiences and proper education, like nautical science and logistics are required to fulfil this significant task.
The presentation puts focus on the requirements for Marine Coordination and its demands during from transport to maintenance. Issues like education and skills of staff are some of them.
Measures of benefits in terms of time and investment as well as significantly increase of safety deployment of all activities on site.
Marine Coordination is a key factor for the safety implementation of an Offshore Windpark and will limit accidents offshore.
Requirements on Marine Coordination
Education of Marine Coordinators
Personnel and vessel tracking
Transport, Installation, Commissioning, Operation and Maintenance