Damen teams up with MO4 to take a step towards the digitalisation of offshore wind farm operations

Damen Shipyards Group has teamed up with MO4 to take a step towards the digitalisation of offshore wind farm operations. This strategic alliance pairs Damen’s Triton monitoring platform with MO4 motion forecasting knowledge, offering data analytic based services. Vessel operation will become more effective and safety levels will increase at the same time.

Offshore wind farm operators frequently require crew transfer vessel operators to demonstrate and secure their ability to provide safe transfers. Reports are required which include data on such things as impact-force measurement on vessel landing, push force recovery during transfer and vertical slip measurements. Relevant wave and weather information are added to give a clear impression of the performance of both vessel and crew in daily operation. Furthermore forecasting services for vessels’ motions are increasingly relevant to realise safe and efficient crew transfers.

MO4 and Damen saw the opportunity to integrate the motion forecasting service with the Triton platform. The idea was to harvest the operational data via Damen Triton – Damen’s award winning connected vessel platform – in order to feed MO4’s analysis.

Damen Triton is a remote monitoring and operational insight tool, a connected, collaborative IoT platform that collects data from multiple sensors located around the vessel. This data offers vessel operators the opportunity, for example, to monitor and optimise performance of their vessel from a remote location. The Triton system ensures a safe and secure data transfer as a result of smart digital integration on board, combined with high cyber security features.

All offshore operations are in some way limited by weather and waves. At certain thresholds the vessels experience too much dynamics to either safely operate or to have people on deck. Knowing such limitations a number of days in advance is highly advantageous. MO4 motion prediction services allows for much better planning and use of the asset.

Decisions related to seeking shelter or to continue operations are now straightforward and no longer include excessive conservatism. For the motion forecasting service MO4 has set-up a vessel specific digital twin, taking into consideration all these parameters automatically. These digital twins consider parameters such as the dynamic positioning (DP) system, maximum thrust, vessel motions in waves, wind and swell sea, and much more.

Source: Damen