Marine and Helicopter Coordination Centre by Dong Energy

Wednesday, 6 April, 2016 - 11:00
Coordination from a centralised point depends on good communication technology. In this case the communication takes place at Dong Energy’s Westermost Rough Offshore Wind Farm. (Photo: Dong Energy)
Coordination from a centralised point depends on good communication technology. In this case the communication takes place at Dong Energy’s Westermost Rough Offshore Wind Farm. (Photo: Dong Energy)

Dong Energy has commissioned a centralised hub for the support of their UK offshore wind farm construction. SeaPlanner will be system provider for this new Marine and Helicopter Coordination Centre (MHCC).

The MHCC will support far offshore projects from a central location. SeaPlanner will provide personnel management services, vessel and helicopter tracking and the communication dispatcher and site wide communications hardware, such as VHF marine and VHF airband (VHF = very high frequency) and satellite communication. Overall the MHCC will allow personnel and vessel coordination and communication across all sites. Managing sites from a centralised system saves administration time and costs and it also “provides an enhanced level of control and brings standardisation across projects,” as Nick Murphy, SeaPlanner’s Head of Operations explains.

SeaPlanner will be deploying several unmanned communications containers housing all communications equipment required. Additionally, they contain several self-contained safety systems with fire suppression, gas detection and climate control functions. These can be controlled from the SeaPlanner software.

The contract between SeaPlanner and Dong Energy extends SeaPlanner’s portfolio with Dong Energy, which has now provided support to over 80% of their UK offshore wind farms.

Tanja Peschel / SeaPlanner

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