By Hans Schneider
Longer blades, tougher logistics
With the notable exception of Siemens Wind Power’s 3.6 MW turbines, the blades of today’s offshore wind turbines are typically pre-assembled into a single rotor component before being loaded onto a vessel and sailed out to their final destination. Continue reading
By Keld Rasmussen
SEA CHALLENGER began her journey from the Qidong shipyard in China to Denmark at the end of March. The excitement is certainly growing at A2SEA about the prospect of SEA INSTALLER’s sister vessel joining our fleet of offshore wind installation vessels. Continue reading
In the first half of 2015, in the German part of the North Sea, A2SEA will start installing 97 Siemens 6 MW, 154m-rotor turbines from Siemens – representing a total capacity of 582 MW.
When completed, Gode Wind 1 and 2 will be the largest contiguous offshore wind farm area in Germany to date. The agreement is a strong signal that German offshore wind is back on the agenda – and prioritised, too. And it’s also an acknowledgement of A2SEA’s lengthy track record. Continue reading
Heavy lift supervisor Gaynor Horner hails from Northern Ireland, just outside Belfast. He has been lifting around the world for the past 20 years, including lengthy periods in Oman, Dubai, and the North Sea.
These days, you’ll find him on board SEA WORKER, keeping a watchful eye (“Like a hawk”) on every lifting task, but he has also worked with SEA JACK back in 2011, and more recently with SEA INSTALLER during mobilisation in the Netherlands. Continue reading
By Jens Frederik Hansen, CEO, A2SEA A/S
Adjusted market expectations mean the next 2-3 years will present a new set of challenges for offshore wind. Jens Frederik Hansen examines the likely impact on the construction supply chain. Continue reading
By Thomas Becker, CEO, EWEA
When you spend money on something, you expect to get something back. If you spend it on a house, you expect to get somewhere nice to live – and if you sell it later on, to make a reasonable profit. If you are a financier looking to invest millions in an offshore wind farm, you expect a return on your investment. If that return becomes uncertain, you will put your money elsewhere. Continue reading
By Steen Drue, Project Manager, A2SEA A/S
Turbine installation work at Gwynt y Môr began on April 30 when SEA JACK started work loading components for the very first of 160 turbine locations. Seven weeks later, SEA WORKER departed from Grenaa, Denmark, headed for the port of Mostyn to join the installation teamwork. In June, the two vessels began working ”side-by-side”, although, in reality, they only occasionally pass each other on the water. Continue reading
By Niklas Karlsson, Head of HSEQ, A2SEA A/S
A new Tower of Babel?
If you haven’t been on board an installation vessel while it’s in action, you may not be aware of just how challenging ensuring safety for everyone can be. Imagine, for example, that there are a number of teams on board, each responsible for a specific, well-defined task. Each team has a set number of steps to follow, both to complete the task and to do so as safely as possible. Continue reading
The UK currently has more offshore wind power than anyone else, and has already crossed the 3GW installed capacity threshold. That’s already enough to power over 2.5 million homes. We looked online to see what people are saying recently about the UK’s leadership position… Continue reading
Nicholas Pine is used to a bit of everything. With his job as A2SEA’s site manager for West of Duddon Sands, he certainly needs to be. Before joining the offshore wind industry and A2SEA three years ago, he worked all over the world with heavy construction projects. Now, you might think that Asia and the Middle East, in particular, would have thrown enough challenges at him to last a lifetime, but Nicholas is thriving on his latest home ground at Belfast harbour – and he’s enjoying working with SEA INSTALLER, too. Continue reading