Offshore wind simulation software to support efficient maintenance strategies for high-speed CTVs
With more than 30 years of experience in building naval vessels, Umoe Mandal has developed a strong position in supplying the renewable energy sector with greener, faster and more efficient vessels using SES technology for wind farm service operations and maintenance strategies.
The fleet of CTVs for offshore wind includes their lightweight Wavecraft Commander and Sprinter series that can reach an impressive speed of 50 kn and offer safe access to turbines in sea states up to 2,5 Hs. This enables operators and service providers with much greater access to offshore installations as the O&M personnel would produce more uptime and availability because of the high-speed transportation in harsh weather conditions. The industry demand for improved CTV capabilities is very high, highlighted by Ørsted’s order agreement of three SES vessels in operation for faster transportation of technicians.
Umoe Mandal has selected Shoreline Wind’s O&M Design software to support the vessels with generating reliable maintenance strategies with improved outputs for windfarm uptime, vessel logistics and O&M costs.
The company uses the software to simulate realistic and complex scenarios of multiple maintenance programs utilizing real-life data from both their CTV vessels and their clients’ wind farm projects to report and visualize the improvements from improved vessel transportation that ensure higher output for wind farm operators.
Collaboration drives down O&M costs for developing CTV vessel technology
Everything comes down to cost. This also goes for offshore wind development and shipbuilding investments. Due to the very high cost of building modern CTV’s, it can be challenging to get the needed capital from wind farm developers, who also tend to utilize their own fleet of CTV or SOV vessels.
For Inge Moy, Sales Manager at Umoe Mandal, the need for implementing a system such as Shoreline, is based on its ability to quickly compare vessel types based on specific cost data to showcase its effect on long-term wind project revenue.
“The most important element of a simulation is producing as accurate data outputs and cost estimations as possible. Ending with an annual cost overview of lost revenue due to turbine downtime with reliable PBA loss by adding maintenance elements for the day rate of vessels and fuel consumption – then you can start comparing with multiple campaigns for vessel utilization with different weather windows, asset types, number of technicians and so forth. The simulation report might show that transportation costs are a bit higher, but also that the total outputs for annual revenue are better, especially for O&M teams operating on larger modern wind farm projects”.
Before the implementation of Shoreline Wind’s software for offshore wind O&M modeling, Umoe Mandal was struggling to document how the faster vessel could generate higher output. However, since all their clients already use the same software for modeling for construction and O&M strategies, the Umoe Mandal team got much more tangible data-driven results to discuss cost-efficient vessel transportation strategies.
Teaming up for a global demand of CTV deployment and optimized maintenance strategies for offshore wind
The two companies might be based in Norway, still the collaboration covers a pipeline of global wind farm projects as both companies are currently utilized on an offshore wind project portfolio spanning across APAC, EMEA and the Americas.
Umoe Mandal’s renewable vessel fleet is being utilized on a large amount of wind farm operations, especially in the UK and the Baltics. At the same time Shoreline Wind is experiencing a growth in number of users from established EMEA customers, as well as new emerging markets investing in different digital solutions from their software. Recently highlighted in the collaboration with leading EPC contractor, JGC.
Even though, Umoe Mandal has just started their collaboration with Shoreline Wind, they see no limitations in future usage. As a shipbuilder, they have gained a calculative method for estimating the probability of vessels entering certain markets. Combine that with the constant development of new O&M functionality in Shoreline Wind’s software based on input from a leading customer portfolio of developers, operators, service providers (ISPs), contractors, OEMs and consultants.
“Based on the analytics, we see a massive demand for our CTV vessels. Umoe Mandal wants to be the main supplier of zero-emission vessels in the offshore wind market. To support that, Shoreline’s O&M solution can calculate the probability of our vessels going into a specific wind project. We can quickly simulate the outputs that our clients are looking for, which makes it much easier for us to talk about energy output, revenue and lifecycle costs. We haven’t met any energy companies that do not use Shoreline’s software. Therefore, we also work together with them to compare results and do different cases together”.
Currently, Umoe Mandal’s focus is on EMEA offshore wind projects due a higher complexity on e.g., US market with Jones Act legislation. However, with the new software tool in hand, Umoe Mandal has a better framework for planning the development of their vessels on a global scale.
If you have further questions regarding the article, please use the following contact information:
Michael Bjerrum, CCO & Co-Founder at Shoreline Wind: +45 6030 3777
Inge Moy, Sales Manager at Umoe Mandal: +47 950 72 431