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Next step in offshore

maintenance made
possible through new JIP
The Offshore Maintenance JIP aims to better quantify the O&M operability
and associated costs for maintenance operations by taking vessel
hydrodynamics and realistic operational limits into account in existing
Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) O&M cost models.
Erik-Jan de Ridder, e.d.ridder@marin.nl

The main aim of the OM JIP is to come up


with the most effective logistical scenario
for each maintenance operation. Present
O&M cost analysis models lack details about
­hydrodynamic vessel response and human
response to vessel motions. Based on
­discussions amongst partners and with
the ­industry it was concluded that there
was an urgent need for a realistic logistics
O&M model, which should include vessel
characteristics and operational (human)
­criteria.
Furthermore, model tests with different CTV
The project was initiated by MARIN (hydro­ concepts were performed for the different
dynamics), ECN (operability and cost stages of the operation such as transit, and
­prediction model) and TNO (human factors) approach and transfer All the data was then
and got underway in 2015. Research is validated with detailed, full- scale monitoring
performed in close cooperation with the of different CTVs in operation. The OM JIP
Carbon Trust from the UK, which represents can build even further on this large database,
most of the large energy companies in ensuring that there is no duplication of
­Europe that are active in offshore wind. work. The research will now be extended to
larger DP accommodation vessels equipped
A considerable amount of research has been with access systems.
undertaken by the Carbon Trust which
mainly focuses on the smaller Crew Transfer The OM JIP consortium consists of 14 differ­
Vessels (CTV) involved in offshore mainte­ ent participants including research institutes,
nance. Friction between the fender on the shipbuilders, OM operators, OM personnel,
bow of the CTV and the boat landing on the access system operators and utility compa­
offshore wind turbine is an important para­ nies. Having such a diverse group involved
meter in the operation. Therefore, the work in the research makes it possible to take the
consisted of extended fender friction tests next step in offshore maintenance. New
both at model and full scale. companies are still invited to join.

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