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SUPPORT SERvICES World’s first successful Intelligent Fender System (IFS)


Strainstall, part of James Fisher and Sons plc announced recently the successful completion of the world’s first Intelligent Fender System trial with energy companies SSE and RWE at their Suffolk based wind farm, Greater Gabbard.


INNOVATIVE, IN-HOUSE DEVELOPED TECHNOLOGY


The Intelligent Fender System is an innovative, in-house developed technology which provides accurate and recordable data to improve safety and increase operational efficiency for vessel and offshore wind farm operators during transfer operations. The Greater Gabbard trial enabled Strainstall to verify IFS’s performance in the accurate monitoring and reporting of vessel push-on forces against offshore wind turbines.


LOGISTICS


Sid Anverali, general manager for Greater Gabbard, explained: “Logistics are a significant element of our operations and monitoring of vessel performance and more importantly, improvement or suggestions, are of interest. We consider innovation a vital part of development within our industry


understanding of the live and cumulative impact forces exerted during transfer operations through vessel push-ons.


TRIAL SUCCESS


Highlighting the success of the trial Simon Everett, Managing Director of Strainstall, explained: “Up until this point there has not been any accurate real-time data to help support operators to monitor the forces being exerted, so this is an industry first. IFS now allows them to have very accurate records of real-time date that enables operators to efficiently manage their assets.”


PARTNERSHIP


Working with partners KPM Marine to develop the frame, IFS uses Strainstall’s market-leading strain gauge technology, mounted in a rugged slim-line steel frame


ED’S NOTE… OWMS


Following the ongoing cost-reduction theme mentioned in the above article we have also noted James Fisher Group’s advanced technology demonstrated in their ‘OWMS’ which we have planned to focus on in future editions.


So to give you a brief insight…what is OWMS? – or to give it its full title ‘Offshore Wind Management System’.


INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS


Harnessing group-wide capability, OWMS delivers an innovative solution enabling greater efficiency and cost-effective solutions when planning and conducting significant wind farm operations.


The system has been developed based on current and future offshore wind challenges and to support the drive to reduce operational cost.


FEATURES AND BENEFITS… • Integrates key marine monitoring and coordination tools into one user interface


• Monitors real-time weather conditions • Tracks personnel, vessels, tools/ spares in real-time using AIS/RFID


• Displays real-time vessel motion and vibration graphically


and are pleased Gabbard has been able to trial IFS.”


ONGOING COST-REDUCTION CHALLENGE IFS also supports the on-going challenge for cost-reduction in offshore wind by allowing optimisation of fuel consumption during operations as well as helping to ensure the integrity of the turbine structures. The live data allows the skipper of the vessel to manage the pushing forces onto the assets and stay within the optimum force, opposed to over exerting forces and therefore burning excess fuel and potentially causing damage to assets.


DART FISHER RETROFIT


Trials were carried out utilising James Fisher’s offshore support vessel, Dart Fisher, which was retrofitted with IFS earlier in 2015 and is now the only vessel operating worldwide with this innovative technology. Addressing key issues within the offshore wind industry, IFS will be able to provide clarity and


on the bow of the boat, to provide real-time updates of the vessel’s impact and push-on forces against the turbine to the skipper and the wind farm operator.


ACCURATE REAL-TIME DATA The Intelligent Fender System measures and records all forces being applied onto the turbines providing a warning signal when a vessel is going over the optimal pushing force, which is outlined by the offshore wind farm operators, enabling the protection of people and assets offshore.


Simon added: “There is nothing else in the market that can provide accurate real-time data. This enables the offshore renewable industry to take advantage of the potential cost-savings and increase the protection of their assets.”


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• Monitors fuel use/efficiency • Facilitates marine co-ordination/ planning


• Monitors certification of personnel and tooling


• Generates standard and bespoke management information reports


TOP 5 REASON TO USE OWMS… 1 Ability to manage wind farm through one single portal 2 Enables streamlined operations 3 Quantifies and supports operational cost saving 4 Developed based on the modern-day offshore wind farm challenges


5 Developed based on specific industry needs and key stakeholder input


James Fisher Group


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