OOAS Joint industry project for improved efficiency of OW installation and maintenance vessels

Acta Auriga Source: MARIN

A joint industry project, led by MARIN, is aiming to improve the efficiency of offshore wind farm installation and maintenance vessels, by using better data for planning and executing operations. The Offshore Operational Advisory System (OOAS) project should lead to tens of additional working days per year for a typical vessel.

The OOAS project runs from Q4 2020 untill the end of 2022. The consortium working on the project is formed and lead by MARIN and includes Acta Marine, MO4, Next Ocean, Radac and SMST.

This consortium will develop, test and validate a planning system that makes use of a digital twin of the walk-to-work vessel Acta Auriga of Acta Marine and the gangway of SMST. The digital twin model considers the hydrodynamic characteristics, the DP system and gangway and an anti-roll tank. The digital twin is developed by MARIN and MO4.

This accurate model is coupled to a weather forecast and used to predict the operability. The model will be validated with detailed environmental and response data gathered on board by project partners Next Ocean and RADAC.

Planning advise
The project delivers a system which gives planning advice in several stages of operation, from heading and routing advice on board to workability planning one year prior to operation. The result should be tens of additional working days without investing in costly hardware and by merely adopting a smarter way of working.

The planning methodology is not limited to walk-to-work vessels and can be used for many other operations taking place in critical environmental conditions. The method has the potential to increase a vessel’s uptime by many days per year,

This project is made possible by the grant of Topsector Energy of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. Source: MARIN

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