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TRIES TO STOP WORK INTER-ARRAY CABLES


BAD WEATHER


It was a blustery, cold day in January 2015, at the port of Cuxhaven. A plethora of offshore construction and service ships were all seeking shelter due to inclement weather conditions turning aggressive. At E.ON Climate & Renewables’ nearby Amrumbank West offshore wind farm construction activity had all but ceased due to the weather.


Aboard a support service ship returning from a nearby operational offshore windfarm, the skipper passes Siem Offshore Contractors latest fleet addition, the Siem Moxie heading towards another wind turbine foundation on Amrumbank West. The skipper calls out over the radio a warning about the weather and says that he will see Siem Moxie’s crew later for a hot drink and a catch up. The Siem Moxie responds they are aware of the weather and thanks him for the contact.


It takes just over 6 hours to get back to Cuxhaven. Finally arriving in his designated docking spot, the skipper checks his AIS tracker to see how far out the Siem Moxie was from coming back – to his surprise he finds that the Moxie is showing as still in field! He hastily looks up the number of his contact at Siem Offshore Contractors.


FEATURE SPONSOR


MEANWHILE BACK AT HQ Siem Offshore Contractor’s General Manager, Lars Muck is sitting in his office at the company’s headquarters in Leer, Germany. It’s dark outside, and he can hear the wind blowing. His mobile phone rings, it’s an old contact of his, who happens to work on another offshore windfarm in the German North Sea.


“Hi Lars” his friend says over the phone, “I’ve just heard that the Siem Moxie’s AIS must be broken!”


Lars pauses, then asks why his friend thinks this is the case. “There are high winds and waves far over two metres significant wave height, Siem Moxie is the only vessel in field according to AIS.”


Lars smiles to himself, and explains that the Siem Moxie is indeed still working in field, “She can work in up to three metres significant wave height” he says. His friend is incredulous, “How is this possible?” he asks.


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