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

Similar Entries

Ridgeway “Rockbags” set for exponential growth in 2022 for use in marine and offshore works. Belfast-based construction supply business soars by 40% after acquiring the European rights to distribute “filter units” for use in offshore marine and civil engineering works (pict. Ridgeway)

Belfast-based construction supply business soars by 40% after acquiring the European rights to distribute “filter units” for use in offshore marine and civil engineering works.

Sarens owns extensive international experience in the assembly and maintenance of wind farms (pict. Sarens)

This wind farm, with 80 locally manufactured 6MW wind turbines, is located between 12 and 20 km off the coast of Guérande and will be operational before the end of 2022 and is the result of a €2.2b public investment. Sarens, world reference in heavy lifting, engineered transport and crane rental, has been involved since 2021 in the load-in, load-out, transport and storage of monopiles and transition pieces weighing up to 980t at the port of La Rochelle, from where they were transferred to their final destination.

Norwind Offshore. from left:: Maren Kleven Fox, Magnus Kleven, Sverre Olav Farstad, Jon Ketil Gjørtz, Sverre Andreas Farstad, Svein Leon Aure, Espen Volstad, Eivind Volstad

Farstad, Volstad and Kleven are combining forces to establish the ship-owning company Norwind Offshore. The company will offer specialised vessels designed specifically for advanced maritime operations in the development and service of the offshore wind sector. Norwind Offshore has entered into a contract with Vard for the delivery of three vessels by 2024 - with options for two more vessels in 2025. The first vessel is due to be delivered in 2022.

The first turbine jacket foundation is installed at the Seagreen Wind Farm site, 27 kilometres off the coast of the county of Angus in Scotland (pict: SSE Renewables)

The first turbine jacket foundation has been installed at Seagreen – Scotland’s largest and the world’s deepest, fixed bottom offshore wind farm.