NEWS & EVENTS
KEEPING OFFSHORE WIND FARMS GOING
25 January 2023
Hundested Propeller A/S has become a part of the critical infrastructure on several international offshore wind farms. As a propeller specialist, we keep downtime minimal when the blades stop moving.
Not much can be done when a lack of wind causes the blades attached to the enormous wind turbines at the offshore wind farms Hornsea 1 and Hywind in the North Sea to stand still. On the contrary, if the standstill is caused by a mechanical error, it’s critical that the service boats from the Scottish Maritime Craft Services can react rapidly despite wind and weather conditions to restart the windmills.
“Mechanical errors and other damages to the windmills should be fixed as soon as possible. Downtime means a great loss for all parties, from the owners of the wind farm to the consumers who use the power. For that reason, it’s crucial that we can trust our equipment and that the boats can get back in action as soon as possible if they break down,” says Ewan Manson, Operations Superintendent at Maritime Craft Services, which has operated on multiple offshore wind farms in Great Britain and Northern Europe since 2002.
Service boats are critical infrastructure
The Scottish maritime service company has 11 Crew Transfer Vessels in operation, 2 of which are driven by two controllable pitch propellers and tailshaft-solutions that are custom-made in the production facilities at Hundested Propeller in Denmark’s Northern Zealand region. The boat at Hornsea 1 is likewise equipped with two gearboxes also delivered by us. The choice of Hundested Propeller as a supplier is not coincidental.
“Our vessels make up a part of the offshore farms’ critical infrastructure, and they must be operational 12 or 24 hours a day despite the weather conditions. We demand extremely durable and operationally secure solutions for exactly that reason, and we know that the Danes can deliver,” says Ewan Manson.
Hundested Propeller is pleased with the show of trust, as durability and safety are two of the most important qualities to the company with a 100-year history of maritime material production.
“Our solutions are built on a roster of core products that we have developed based on many years of experience and expertise. When we design and produce custom solutions for a client, the goal is that it must be able to outlive the boat itself,” says Henrik Damsgaard, Chief Technology Director at Hundested Propeller.
Delivered a solution in under a week
The SWATH service vessels from Maritime Craft Services have been operational since 2016 and 2019 respectively, and since delivery of the first vessel, the Scots have had Hundested Propeller on speed dial in case of a sudden accident. They have needed assistance twice, where the two vessels have required dry dock repairs. Both times our swift response and delivery times have been crucial.
“Our vessels are off-hired if they aren’t operational or available for the wind farms. So, when we have parts that need to be serviced or replaced, speed and service level are crucial for deciding on a partner for the job,” says Ewan Manson. He elaborates:
“Our experiences with Hundested Propeller have been exceptional. They understood the necessity of getting the vessel back on duty as soon as possible, and they managed to deliver the solution in less than a week – half the time we would usually expect. We have also worked with them on improving the systems and as a result, we have experienced fewer issues than we did with the vessels before.”
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