Dogger Bank Site for Innovation with Another First

Press Release
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Guide cones were used in the first “human free” installation of met mast tower.

The Dogger Bank offshore wind zone is proving to be a site for innovation as a new and safer installation technique has been used to lift Forewind’s initial meteorological mast tower on top of the innovative suction-installed bucket foundation.


 
The use of the Bucket Foundation was also a UK industry first when placed on site in February.


 
Fred. Olsen United implemented the concept of moving the riggers, who previously had to be near the lattice towers during installation, and instead introducing guide cones, therefore eliminating the risk of a swinging or falling load causing an accident. The use of guide cones enables the crew to stay on deck away from the lifting hazards.


 
Forewind General Manager Lee Clarke said the innovative installation technique was another example of industry cooperation and the potential safety and efficiency gains to be made through developers and contractors working closely together.


 
Developed jointly between Forewind, Fred. Olsen United and its partners in the project, the “human-free” installation employs strong plastic guide cones that are strapped to the tower flanges before any lifting activity. SeaRoc Ltd, the contractor for the project’s topsides, drew the detailed design and provided the final solution for the 93 meter high tower.


 
The lightweight plastic cones have a number of benefits as they enable easier handling, do not affect coating on the flanges, and also act as weak-links to avoid structural damage to the mast.


 
Fred. Olsen United HSEQ Manager Jan Fredrik Platou said that it was was both safer than traditional methods, but also much faster as the cones helped to quickly stabilise the load in the final stage of the lifting.


 
“This project is a significant achievement for Fred. Olsen United as it demonstrates the combined capabilities of the Fred. Olsen related companies and of our unique suction bucket technology, designed by Universal Foundation,” he said. “This is a project of many firsts and we are very proud to be at the forefront.”


 
The installation of the 44 tonne galvanized steel tower for Dogger Bank Met Mast East was carried out by Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s 132m jack-up vessel Brave Tern.
 


The Forewind project has been supported by the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator program, which takes the best concepts for offshore wind turbine foundations from design to deployment, and The Crown Estate through its co-investment in the development of the zone.


 
Head of Offshore Wind at The Crown Estate, Huub den Rooijen said that the installation of the first met mast on the Dogger Bank is a tremendous step forward for the UK offshore wind industry.


 
“Not only do we now have a structure that can measure wind speeds within our largest offshore wind zone; Forewind and its contractors have also successfully demonstrated a range of new innovations, from suction bucket foundations to new and innovative lifting techniques, that have the potential to reduce costs and improve health and safety performance as our industry develops.”
 

 

Maritime Reporter September 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Technology

Decade Old India Shipping Summit Makes History

In ten years, India Shipping Summit held consistently in Mumbai, has sailed on a robust growth course despite the worldwide witnessing recessionary waves buffeting any endeavors to grow and gain.

Ezra Bags $70m in Offshore Contracts

Ezra Holdings Limited, a leading contractor and provider of integrated offshore solutions to the oil and gas industry, today announced that the Group’s Subsea Services division,

Clean Marine Wins New Contract

Clean Marine has been selected by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea to supply exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCS) for two new MR tankers. IMO’s convention

Offshore

Ezra Bags $70m in Offshore Contracts

Ezra Holdings Limited, a leading contractor and provider of integrated offshore solutions to the oil and gas industry, today announced that the Group’s Subsea Services division,

Rederij Groen Takes Delivery of 7-Waves

Rederij Groen’s entire SRSV fleet built by Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam. Dutch offshore services company Rederij Groen has taken delivery of the 7-Waves,

New Oil Field Found in British North Sea

GDF SUEZ E&P UK Ltd and BP today announced a new exploration discovery in the UK Central North Sea. The discovery, which spans GDF SUEZ operated block 30/1f

Environmental

Decade Old India Shipping Summit Makes History

In ten years, India Shipping Summit held consistently in Mumbai, has sailed on a robust growth course despite the worldwide witnessing recessionary waves buffeting any endeavors to grow and gain.

Areva-Siemens Raises Claim Over Finnish Reactor Delays

The French-German consortium Areva-Siemens , the supplier of Finland's much-delayed Olkiluoto-3 nuclear reactor, has increased its claim against Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima (TVO),

Liebherr to Deliver RTGs to Mayotte and Manila

Liebherr confirms orders for variable speed RTGs and electric RTGs. DPWorld Asian Terminals Inc. has placed an order with Liebherr Container Cranes for a further 5 RTGs at its Manila facility.

Energy

Decade Old India Shipping Summit Makes History

In ten years, India Shipping Summit held consistently in Mumbai, has sailed on a robust growth course despite the worldwide witnessing recessionary waves buffeting any endeavors to grow and gain.

Areva-Siemens Raises Claim Over Finnish Reactor Delays

The French-German consortium Areva-Siemens , the supplier of Finland's much-delayed Olkiluoto-3 nuclear reactor, has increased its claim against Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima (TVO),

16 Die in Coal Mine Accident in China

Sixteen workers were killed after a coal mine collapsed in China's far western region of Xinjiang, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday, highlighting

Maritime Safety

USCG to Ensure Safety During World Series

The Coast Guard and local agencies are working to ensure the safety of boaters and baseball fans during World Series games at AT&T Park this weekend. The

Navy to Commission Submarine North Dakota

The Navy will commission its newest attack submarine North Dakota, during a ceremony Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut.

UN: Ship Inspections near Somalia for Arms, Charcoal

The United Nations Security Council authorized the inspection of boats suspected of carrying illegal shipments of charcoal or weapons to and from Somalia on Friday,

Wind Power

Tuco Debuts New Wind Farm Service Boat

Less than a week before the Offshore Energy 2014 Exhibition and Conference in Amsterdam the coming week, Tuco Marine disclosed the newest vessel in the ProZero series of Fast Rescue Boats,

Autonomous Technology for Offshore Wind Farm

ASV Ltd in association with Planet Ocean Ltd, have received funding from the GROW:OffshoreWind initiative to investigate how the use of Autonomous Surface Vehicles

A2SEA Signs for Dudgeon

Dudgeon Offshore Wind Limited has awarded the Charter for WTG transport and installation to A2SEA A/S. A2SEA shall provide the jack-up vessel Sea Installer

 
 
Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2797 sec (4 req/sec)