25 August 2016
European ports gather in Oostende for cooperation talks
The Port of Oostende and renewable terminal operator REBO invites the offshore wind industry to convene on 7 September in a forum to encourage ports to work together on offshore wind deployment.
Ports are expanding facilities to accommodate a growing offshore wind industry that must service thousands of turbines in the northern seas with ever-larger components. For example, today’s monopiles weigh-in at 1,300 tonnes and blade lengths are approaching 100m. As technological progress accelerates, ports will have to adapt to the needs of developers and equipment manufacturers.
The new forum aims to bring port operators together to share best practices and find solutions that contribute to cost reduction in offshore wind. At the launch event, developers and supply chain actors will present the challenges and opportunities facing the offshore sector and what role ports can play.
On 8 September, stakeholders from LEANWIND – an EU-funded project examining cost reduction in offshore wind – will host a session entitled: cost efficient offshore wind logistics – the role of ports in a lean supply chain for offshore wind.
Project leaders from the 4-year research programme will present ideas on how ports can contribute to supply chain optimisation for offshore wind farms. The workshop will showcase project work to improve on-land and port logistics as well as innovative turbine and foundation installation strategies.
A boat tour of the port installation, training and O&M facilities will give participants a unique insight into how an offshore wind park functions and the added value it brings to a harbour authorities and the local communities.
Both events will be held at the Hotel Andromeda in Oostende 7-8 September. Participation to both events is free of charge.