• 2017 July 14 18:19

    Carbon Trust's Offshore Wind Accelerator launches subsea inspection competition

    The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA), a collaborative R&D programme funded by nine leading offshore wind developers and the Scottish Government, has launched a competition targeted at finding new ways to inspect offshore wind substructures and reduce the cost of offshore wind. The competition is open to innovators with inspection technologies that can provide information and data on grout integrity and welds for both monopiles and jackets, OWA said in a press release.

    Winners of the competition will get the chance to test their technologies on installed foundations at fully operational  wind farms in Europe, as well as receive hands-on mentoring and advice from the nine OWA industry partners, which collectively representing over 75 per cent of the European market. The aim of the competition is to help these new technologies access the large potential market and become part of the normal subsea inspection strategy for offshore wind developers.

    Analysis carried out as part of the OWA’s Underwater Inspection Methods study has shown that there is a real need for innovation in the offshore wind subsea inspection sector. As of January 2017, there were over 3,500 turbines installed in Europe, representing a cumulative total of over 12.5GW installed capacity. Over 80 per cent of these turbines are built using monopole structures, which have grouted joints. Over the next decade European offshore wind capacity is predicted to almost triple, and the monopile is set to continue in popularity.

    Current estimates show that around 35-40 per cent of the monopile fleet, majority of the pre-2012 structures, have potentially been affected by issues relating to grouted joints, for example corrosion caused by harsh marine environment. Additionally many of the structures built post-2012 will require performance monitoring. New designs such as jackets, which are constructed using welded nodes are also coming online and these will present new inspection challenges for the industry.

    At present, the methods to inspect grouted connections and welds are very limited and do not provide sufficient resolution of data for offshore wind developers. Therefore, there is limited knowledge on the integrity of the structures which can lead to costly high levels of precaution in the inspection regime, such as conservative preventative maintenance or more regular inspections. By providing a solution that can provide asset owners with the knowledge they require, costs can be reduced significantly and the inspection regimes optimised.

    Industry standards require that a sample of offshore wind subsea structures within each farm (typically 5-15 per cent) are subjected to periodic inspection.  This can be carried out at varying intervals, depending on the standards used but would typically occur every 4-5 years per wind farm.  If defects, or greater levels of corrosion than expected, are observed then the inspection programme can call for wider (up to full farm, in the case of a serious generic problem) or more frequent inspections.
     
    Offshore wind is now well established in Europe, and is truly entering its operational phase. This comes with fresh challenges but also many opportunities for both new innovation and technology transfer from other industries; this competition represents one such opportunity. The Offshore Wind Accelerator is focused on continuing to reduce the costs of offshore wind, and with this call it is hoped that we can find the next generation of inspection technologies to help the industry continue to drive down prices.
    Michael Stephenson, Project Manager for the Foundations Research Area

    Periodic maintenance specifications will also be a feature of emerging markets in US, Taiwan, Korea and Japan which present further opportunities for new technologies that can prove cost-effective.

    The competition will run until 13 October 2017, and clarification questions should be sent to the Carbon Trust by 1 September 2017.




2018 April 24

12:56 Bunker prices are going down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:33 Aleksey Kadilov elected as Director General of Baltiysky Zavod (photo)
12:09 US Federal Maritime Commission to examine trucking & delivery arrangements
11:45 Russia’s General Board of State Expert Review approves yet another phase of project on construction of Zvezda shipyard (photo)
11:09 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to East Africa
10:45 Foreship takes world’s leading CFD simulation software, StarCCM+ into use
10:30 ABP shortlisted for two Humber Renewables Awards
10:22 Brent Crude futures price down 0.04% to $74.03, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.13% to $68.31
10:08 Nakilat is the first company in Qatar certified for ISO45001
09:39 Freeport of Riga Authority along with several port companies visited TransRussia 2018
09:17 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,306 points
09:08 Compensation regime for Hazardous and Noxious Cargoes a step closer - IMO
08:48 City of Antwerp and Antwerp Port Authority start urban mission to Moscow and St. Petersburg

2018 April 23

18:06 World’s largest short sea Ro-Ro vessel MV Celine christened at Dublin Port
17:52 Digital Ship’s Maritime Big Data Forum will be held on 29 May 2018 in Oslo
17:36 Ocean Rig announces agreement to postpone delivery of newbuilding drillship Ocean Rig Santorini
17:20 Construction of Bagayevsky hydrosystem begins in Rostov Region (photo)
17:05 ITF urges Hutchison Ports to improve global health and safety operations
16:35 Polskie LNG conduct a technical dialogue on extension of LNG Terminal in Świnoujście
16:29 Rosmorport’s icebreakers assisted over 5,700 vessels in freezing seaports of Russia this winter navigation season
16:05 Hapag-Lloyd plans 20 percent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020
15:55 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company to provide additional scholarships for students
15:33 TransContainer’s net profit in QI’2018 increased by 19.5% Y-o-Y to RUB 1.479 million
15:04 M.v. Tucana delivers fibre optic cable baskets from Drammen (Norway)
14:47 Port of Gdansk (Poland) throughput up 44% to 12.7 million tonnes in January-March 2018
14:31 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO in RF spot market up to RUB 13,542 per tonne
14:10 ICTSI PNG units ink union agreements
13:59 MOL сrude oil tanker rescues a castaway in the South China Sea
13:39 Container barge transport to become more efficient in the port of Antwerp
12:48 Cargo transportation by Ukraine’s water transport fell by 7.3% to 0.7 million tonnes in 3M’18
11:46 Vistula Maersk makes a maiden call to St. Petersburg, as first in series of new ice-class vessels
11:13 2 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on April 22-23
10:51 Training ship Perekop completes unofficial visit to Republic of Sri Lanka
10:25 Brent Crude futures price down 0.04% to $74.03, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.13% to $68.31
10:04 Workshop on IMO's ISPS Code held in Mexico
09:40 Training on ship air pollution and low carbon measures held in Tehran
09:17 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,281 points

2018 April 22

15:33 Port of Rotterdam Authority to realise tide pools along Calandkanaal
15:32 British Ports Association raise border facilities' concerns with PM
15:31 Hapag-Lloyd to revise the Fuel Surcharge for Inland Haulage under Carrier arrangement from Germany to Belgium and Netherlands
15:30 JAXPORT names Interim Chief Financial Officer
15:28 Seaspan announces senior management change

2018 April 21

15:06 MV Thuringia makes maiden CI3 service call at Chennai International Terminals
15:04 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Arethusa with Glencore
15:00 Gothenburg Port Authority publishes Sustainability Report for 2017
14:47 Wärtsilä welcomes global shipping’s agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions
14:45 Vopak to invest in new storage capacity at its Rotterdam terminal

2018 April 20

18:15 Yaroslavsky Shipyard launches yet another boom-laying boat (photo)
18:03 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to Middle East Gulf
17:47 President of Cyprus visits IMO
17:29 NOVATEK’s AGM approves 2017 dividends
17:03 SEA\LNG reiterates LNG’s central role in meeting IMO’s decarbonisation goals
16:40 SCF Group’s financing deal with VTB Bank recognized by Marine Money as a Deal of The Year
16:03 CMA CGM announces an agreement to acquire a stake in CEVA
15:36 Nuclear-powered submarine Severodvinsk passed control check for winter training period
15:03 MEPC 72: Proposal to mandate ISO sulphur test methods to be discussed further
14:40 Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard launches Russia’s first dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59 (photo)
14:24 HELCOM group meets in Berlin to focus on reducing land-based pollution affecting the Baltic Sea
13:38 WMU supports IMO climate change strategy for shipping
13:02 Panama Canal transits three LNG vessels in one day