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PES caught up with Carsten Kofoed, Managing Director & Hans Christian Hansen, Director of Operations at Vento Maritime, to find out more about this young company, with years of experience behind it. By following the weather and planning ahead it’s possible to make substantial savings in time and fuel and thus decrease costs. Offshore operators need to have an eye on the weather forecasts. PES: Welcome to you both to PES Wind magazine. Thanks for talking with us. Would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background and experience of Vento Maritime and the importance of the wind industry to you? Carsten Kofoed & Hans Christian Hansen: Vento Maritime is a Danish weather service company, which we founded in Copenhagen in January 2017. Together we have more than 20 years of experience in the maritime business, within meteorology, oceanography and operational MetOcean services. We are dedicated to helping maritime customers save time while, improving safety at sea. We are only into maritime weather. Our marine forecasters are dedicated meteorologists and are all WMO-certified, with years of experience in understanding the needs of maritime customers. The team is passionate about excellent customer service and the art of communicating meteorological and oceanographic

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Danny Ellis, CEO and co-founder of SkySpecs, dropped in to PES to give us the latest on the different maintenance strategies and why he thinks his company has the best proposition. PES: Welcome back to PES Wind magazine. It’s great to talk with you again. For the benefit of our new readers would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of SkySpecs and the importance of the wind industry to you? Danny Ellis: SkySpecs is focused on wind turbine blade diagnostics and maintenance, providing robotic technology that completely automates the visual inspection, analysis, and prescription maintenance of blades with drones. Our inspections take 15 minutes or less per wind turbine, and we inspect all four sides of all three blades in a single flight without any manipulation of the wind turbine. We do not require any prior information about the wind turbine because the drone is programmed to identify and learn about the turbine when it takes off. This streamlined approach allows us to conduct around 25 turbine inspections, with a single drone, in one day. SkySpecs recently introduced Horizon – an analytics, reporting, and management software platform for the wind energy industry. Horizon allows customers to review, prioritize and

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When it comes to occupational safety, emergency rescue plans are a critical factor that should not be overlooked. Every company is obliged to create these as part of a risk assessment — including the wind energy industry, which employs tens of thousands of people. For example, if an accident occurs during maintenance or servicing of a wind turbine, basic rescue concepts may not be sufficient. In such cases, personnel with specialist training in rescuing accident victims may be required — individuals who have completed advanced rescue training of the kind that manufacturers of fall protection equipment, such as SKYLOTEC provide. The German company develops and manufactures complete solutions ranging from harnesses to descend devices and rescue stretchers, and also offers a comprehensive training programme worldwide. Maintenance technicians in the wind energy industry typically work several hundred metres above the ground — and must therefore protect themselves against the dangers of a fall from height. They are required to wear fall protection equipment by law, and for good reason. However, occupational safety is not solely the responsibility of the employees themselves — their companies must also fulfil certain obligations, for example by formulating a carefully planned response in the event of an

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Offshore wind turbines are the giants of wind power and their construction is an impressive spectacle. Extremely heavy, massive components are moved on the water by even more powerful equipment. Over the past decade, the German company Schmidbauer GmbH & Co. KG has established itself as a logistics partner for the offshore industry. This company has not only continuously expanded its fleet of crane vehicles to meet the needs of the industry, but also invested in the service know-how of its personnel. New 6-axle Scheuerle SPMTs were purchased last year alone. So the crane and heavy-load expert is therefore in action at numerous European feeder ports and ports involved in the construction of offshore wind farms. Heavy load logistics for the Merkur offshore wind farm One of the current projects: the transhipment of transition pieces (TPs) for the Merkur offshore wind farm, at the Orange Blue Terminal in the Dutch port of Eemshaven. 66 ‘Haliade 150’ GE-type wind turbines, which should achieve a standard capacity of approx. 1750Gwh per year, are currently being constructed in the North Sea, about 45 kilometres north of the island of Borkum. The work for the construction of this wind farm started at the beginning of 2017 and it is expected

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Readunit is a new, flexible, tool management software system, designed with the wind industry in mind. This is a time saver for companies and once set up, all stock movement, mandatory testing becomes automatic and with the option of RFID, via the telephone or tablet APP. PES had a lot of questions for Torben Kofoed the owner. PES: Hi Torben, welcome to PES Wind magazine. Thanks for talking with us. Would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of Readunit and the importance of the wind industry to you? Torben Kofoed: We are a software company, founded because we saw the need for a good system to keep track on regulatory inspections and documentation. We want to help companies move from manual work in excel, or access-based systems, to a real software designed exactly to meet the needs in the wind industry. From the start Readunit was based on the idea of creating an easy to use software that can and will be used in day to day work, not just another software, never to be used. It is a tool for the users, who want to make their daily work easier. At the same time the company as

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Carsten Aa, chief executive officer of LINDØ port of ODENSE in Denmark, talks to PES about his vision for the site, and its expansion into a specialist cluster supporting the offshore wind industry. PES: Welcome to PES Wind magazine, it’s great to talk with you. We would like you to begin by explaining a little about the background of LINDØ port of ODENSE and the importance of the offshore wind industry to you? Carsten Aa: The port is owned by the local municipality. At the beginning of 2014 we bought the former shipyard, which had been owned by A.P. Moller-Maersk Group, and began to transform it from a shipyard into a port area specialising in heavy load, and in particular supporting the area’s offshore wind cluster. We merged the two former companies, the old port and shipyard, into one new company, which we called LINDØ port of ODENSE (LPO). The port specialises in supporting the wind industry, and has nearly 200,000 square metres of production halls and storage buildings, and some of the largest cranes in Europe. We have now re-built and renewed most of the area, and are close to completing its transformation into the most modern port area in Europe for the

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When you look ahead are you able to say with confidence that your business, organization, or community is truly prepared for a radically different future of energy? It’s the time of year when demand on the world’s energy systems peak. Summer in many parts of the world means that electrical grids are working overtime to power the cooling and ventilation systems that keep large cities safe from sweltering urban heat. And yet, in other less developed parts of the planet, temperatures will reach deadly levels from which there is no escape, and people will die. Our survival is totally dependent on our ability to continue to power the world we live in. But because energy is a limited resource, it’s not equally distributed. Most views of the ‘almost probable certain future’ show this situation being addressed slowly over the next five decades – and way too late for many who will perish for lack of a reliable energy supply. But what if we could embrace a fundamental shift in thinking, reset our priorities and investment plans, and set ourselves on a very different path to the future? In The Future Reinvented – Reimagining Life, Society, and Business we look a wide range

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Years of experience and a large fleet of vessels mean that Northern Offshore Services are well placed, as leading operators in crew transport vessels (CTV) primarily in the offshore wind industry. David Kristensson, the CEO, got together with PES to catch us up on the latest developments and give us his outlook on the future. PES: Welcome back to PES Wind magazine. Thanks for talking with us. For the benefit of our new readers would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background and experience of Northern Offshore Services and the importance of the wind industry to you? David Kristensson: The background and the experience of Northern Offshore Services (N-O-S) is that we have roots in the shipping industry and come from a maritime culture. We have been working with shipping and vessels for generations and ten years ago we started a new company that has become Northern Offshore Services. In this company our focus is the niche market in specialised shipping. Our biggest business is crew transfer vessels for offshore wind, so the wind industry, is of course, very important to us. Today, as one of the leading operators in this sector we operate approximately 40 vessels. PES: Has there

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Anders Helsinghoff Fjord, CEO at North Sea Hagland Shipbrokers (NSHS) is a regular participant in PES Wind. Here he gives us his thoughts on the company, the industry and the future. He has experienced many changes over the years. His company offers a variety of services to the offshore wind industry, which are backed up by years of experience and expertise. NSHS have worked in the offshore renewables industry worldwide since 2007 and are proud to be one of the preferred shipbrokers, supporting companies with the very important job of chartering or buying a vessel. The company was established in 1976 and after merging with Hagland our history goes back as far as 1872. We have continued to grow over the years and in 2018 we acquired a shipbrokering company in Germany. So now we have 2 employees in Hamburg, under GmbH. This has strengthened our position and now we can offer many services. Geographical location Our main renewables operation area is Europe, where we work mainly on projects in Denmark, Germany, UK and Norway. We are also very active in the US and Taiwan, where the renewables industry is developing quickly. We have sold over 1000 vessels worldwide and have closed charter agreements

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