OFFSHORE RENEWABLES: DELIVERING A REAL ALTERNATIVE

3 mins read  Sealuminati TeamJune 30, 2021
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The event organized by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Training (IMarEST), started with a welcome address given by the event management chair Mr. Ibrahim Fahmy Abdelaty, who himself has 20 years of experience in the offshore, subsea and marine industries. In recent times offshore has been a constant part in the news due to its increasing demands particularly in Europe of which 42% rests in the hands of UK. The event basically answered three basic questions which roam in the minds of enthusiasts and learning students, which are Environmental Sustainability, Challenges, and Decarbonization of Offshore industry.

The first presentation focused on the topic of Environmental Sustainability, the Energy Transition and Offshore Marine Contractors. It was presented by Ms. Nadine Robinson who herself is a Technical Advisor at International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), and leads the environmental sustainability strategy of IMCA at a global level. During her presentation she mentioned the IMCA’s approach towards the pressing issues like environmental sustainability, blue economy and many more. She also honored the statement “What matters, gets measured and what is measured, matters”. She also briefed the audience about the IMCA’s published voluntary codes, which essentially contained the IMCA’s recommended 7 key action points to address the environmental sustainability factor in the Offshore and Marine industry. The 7 key action points included points like Emission reduction, Energy efficiency and management, Life below water, Circularity in waste (where 9R’s method is being recommended), collaborations on a global scale, Awareness raising and capacity building and finally, Monitoring and reporting progress of the activity. She also pointed out the practical approach the IMCA suggests in its voluntary code.

The second presentation focused on the topic of Floating Wind Installation Challenges. It was presented by Mr. Alan Crowle who is a research student for the installation of floating wind turbines, in the University of Exeter. He is also a fellow member of IMarEST. The presentation gave many insights on the different kinds of offshore based wind farms installed such as, Monopile, Jacket, Tripod, Semi-submersible, TLP, and Spar type. He also presented about the Barge type of the installed wind farm structures. His comparison provided an insight in the most efficient and less challenging type, which should be considered. He concluded that the TLP type is the lightest form but lacks in the stability and has some challenges to address. While the Spar and Semi-submersible type has more weight but provides good stability.

The third presentation focused on the topic Setting a Benchmark for Decarbonizing O&M Vessels of Offshore Wind Farms. It was presented by Dr Anthony Gray who himself has been an active researcher on the topic of offshore renewable energy for seven years. His presentation gave the necessary insights in the topic of O&M vessel decarbonization. He mentioned the methodology of the suggested activity and provided the insightful results which showed the applicability of the method. He also mentioned this as a ‘low hanging fruit’ which is essential for achieving the bigger target of ‘net zero emissions’ by 2050.

The session then was called off with answers to some questions from the audience.

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