• 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.




2017 September 19

18:06 Samskip expands shortsea services in Scotland
17:48 Arctic Economic Council welcomes three new members
17:25 IMO is attending 34th session of ASEAN to update the Maritime Transport Working Group on its latest activities
17:06 Turkish shipyard Cemre Marin Endüstri A.S orders 4 x MAN 8L21/31 variable speed GenSets
16:39 Marine Engineering Bureau: half of Russia’s towing fleet is renovated, bunkering fleet situation is worse
16:14 MSC announces a new service between South America’s east coast and the Mediterranean
16:04 Port of Southampton completes construction of sixth multi-story car park
15:52 Turkish landing ship Bayraktar arrived in Novorosiysk
15:27 USPA announces tender for procurement of dredging vessel
15:04 GY Marinas and P&O Marinas launch superyacht complex in Sète, France
14:39 Commissioning works commenced at KN‘s LNG reloading station
14:14 Port of Gdansk, Port of Gdynia and Baltic Gateway attended Seatrade Europe in Hamburg
14:03 Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum bridge systems selected for two new mega yachts
13:50 IMO issues Guidelines on maritime cyber risk management
13:28 IMO says search and rescue is an international responsibility
13:01 Ningbo Zhoushan Port volumes up 72% to 254,000 TEUs
12:43 NEVA 2017, 14th International Maritime Exhibition and Conference of Russia, opens in Saint-Petersburg (photo)
12:22 Fuel oil prices are still high at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:04 Jan De Nul wins IADC Safety Award 2017
11:40 Secretary-General of IMO believes in a great future of Vostochny Port (photo)
11:04 CMA CGM signs strategic partnership with Infosys to accelerate the transformation of its Information System
10:45 Central Design Bureau Iceberg developed basic design of new 40-MW icebreaker
10:37 GTT receives an order from Hyundai Heavy Industries to design the LNG tanks of a new FSRU
10:23 Maritime Salvage & Casualty Response conference held in London on 13-14 September
10:01 IMarEST workshop on practical biofouling management strategies held in Melbourne, Australia
09:42 Brent Crude futures price up 0.03% to $55.52, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.12% to $50.41
09:19 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,385 points

2017 September 18

18:37 Konecranes launches Crane Advisor customer support tool globally
18:07 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Maera
18:06 Rosmorport is looking into construction of LNG bunkering tanker of 3,000 to 5,000 cbm in capacity
17:50 Rosmorport is going to build ships running alternative fuels
17:45 Italian terminal operator Spinelli purchases another Konecranes Gottwald Mobile Harbor Crane
17:33 DP World to acquire Dubai Maritime City and Drydocks World
17:25 IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim visited sailings ship Nadezhda in Vladivostok (photo)
17:04 Chinese warships arrived at Vladivostok
16:47 Rosmorport to start construction of shallow-draft icebreaker before the year end
16:16 Vladimir Putin endorsed a list of instructions following the meeting on development of transport infrastructure in Northwest Russia
15:20 The Azerbaijan Government announces extension of ACG PSA to 2049 with co-venturers
15:06 Craneship launches icebreaking tugboat of Project Т40105, Yuribey, built for Atomflot (photo)
14:49 Wärtsilä launches new eco-friendly tug designs
14:23 ZIM marks the 3 millionth container at DaChan Bay Terminals
14:23 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 12,481 in RF spot market
13:55 Kitack Lim says Port State Control in the Asia-Pacific region is a deliberate focus of the Tokyo MoU
12:42 Sovcomflot awarded by Russian Ministry of Energy for achievements in R&D and innovations
12:20 6 races held as part of Russian Yachting Championship for SB20 class (photo)
12:01 EU countries authorized their vessels to fish unlawfully in African waters - Oceana
11:39 SCF supports development of professional maritime education in Russia’s Far East
11:17 Russia seeks closer cooperation with IMO, Vitaly Klyuyev says
11:00 Hapag-Lloyd orders 7,700 new reefer containers
10:40 Brent Crude futures price up 0.14% to $55.70, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.10% to $50.49
10:21 IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim is on a formal visit in Russia
10:09 South Korean terminal operator PDCT puts Konecranes Gottwald Model 4 Mobile Harbor Crane into operation
09:31 DP World not to renew operating contract in Indonesia
09:18 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,385 points

2017 September 17

17:25 India signs $76mln loan deal with Japan International Cooperation Limited to upgrade Alang-Sosiya shipyards
17:23 CMA CGM outperforms the market with very strong operating and financial results in Q2 2017
17:21 IMO issues new warning on hazards of carrying bauxite by ship
17:19 DFDS increases its volumes on the North Sea freight routes to and from the UK
17:16 General Dynamics NASSCO named ‘Greenest Shipyard of the Year’

2017 September 15

18:06 Kiel Port Prize goes to Jörn Grage of SCA Logistics