Really interesting LinkedIn post from Toby Mead about where technology in Offshore Wind might be heading
In summary, suggesting an intermediate step between the small (less than 24m long) vessels which push onto the offshore turbine and rely on friction between vessel and structure to keep the vessel stable and allow the technician to step over and the much larger (80m long) monohulls that use well proven Oil field Walk to Work (W2W) system to transfer the technician
This video shows an experience that most of us who have climbed the tower will have seen. Which is why I call this the Pray Leap Climb 2 Work (PLC2W) system
In comparison, this video from Siemens extolls the virtues of the W2W system.
Having started (and sold) a company (CWind) which was the first Offshore Wind contractor to combine technicians and vessel I fully agree with Toby that the future is in moving offshore with the right vessel and the right technician combined.
I also do not believe that the W2W system is the right solution. The lack of connection means the vessel must be big to ensure the motions are slow enough that the gyro stabilised platform can work. Coupled with the power needed to keep the vessel stationary, it really is a hammer to crack a nut.
The problem is that it has to pass the Grandmother test. I took a similar, if somewhat more radical concept,(Details attached) into Siemens over 5 years ago. The Naval Architect listened politely and then explained that to move forward he had to imagine explaining this to his Grandmother and getting her approval. On that basis I had just failed the Grandmother test!
He was right. Working with the Construction team is like working with your Rugby playing friend who also happens to be Australian. Working with O&M is like working with your Grandmother… The appetite to try something new is somewhat reduced.
Hats off to Toby, Eric Mead and the best designer in the business; James Walker, for having a go at taking this challenge on. I will be watching the discussion with interest
Mother Ocean flyer_V04.pdf (413.1 KB)