Van Oord Offshore Monitoring Solution


It takes away your breath when you see the giant vessels like Svanen constructing offshore wind farms. You see how easily and fast it puts the monopiles that will produce megawatts of clean energy. The serenity of the sea and the robustness of the vessel do not evoke any thoughts of disastrous accidents.

This is how it looks to an average citizen, but professionals at van Oord think about the risks and want to proactively prevent them. The vessel is surrounded by deep level anchors to keep it in place. But what will happen if the anchors break free from their moorings? Then an 8,000-tonne lift installation vessel will start drifting. One may ask: “And what if so?” Apart from creating a huge wave and just drifting on the water surface, it risks damaging the many different cables on the ocean floor. For example, if the Transatlantic Internet cable gets damaged it will lead to a real catastrophe.


Svanen (Courtesy of Van Oord)

Problem


Professionals at van Oord think about the risks and want to proactively prevent them. The vessel is surrounded by deep level anchors to keep it in place. But what will happen if the anchors break free from their moorings? Then an 8,000-tonne lift installation vessel will start drifting. One may ask: “And what if so?” Apart from creating a huge wave and just drifting on the water surface, it risks damaging the many different cables on the ocean floor. For example, if the Transatlantic Internet cable gets damaged it will lead to a real catastrophe. Risk of such accidents is minimal, but the consequences can be really severe. To tackle these risks van Oord addressed SODAQ with development of a device that could notify both the vessel crew and onshore operators about any unexpected behavior of the mooring anchors.


Solution


On the backend all the measurements from the device go to the dashboard and are displayed in real time, in case of any critical movement the operators’ team will be notified about the accident within 1 minute. A customized dashboard developed for this project is informative and easy to use. Operators have full information on the alarms, device status, battery, position and can update the settings remotely over the air.
During the project realization our clients (van Oord) found more use cases to test the trackers and are installing them now on the small vessels that do not have AIS transponders on board and that are therefore not displayed on the radars. The main applications within this installation is vessels’ tracking and collision avoidance. Another use case can be effectiveness assessment of the rented equipment. Now the project is in the installation phase and SODAQ will be glad to share its results in future.




Result


On the backend all the measurements from the device go to the dashboard and are displayed in real time, in case of any critical movement the operators’ team will be notified about the accident within 1 minute. A customized dashboard developed for this project is informative and easy to use. Operators have full information on the alarms, device status, battery, position and can update the settings remotely over the air.
During the project realization our clients (van Oord) found more use cases to test the trackers and are installing them now on the small vessels that do not have AIS transponders on board and that are therefore not displayed on the radars. The main applications within this installation is vessels’ tracking and collision avoidance. Another use case can be effectiveness assessment of the rented equipment. Now the project is in the installation phase and SODAQ will be glad to share its results in future.

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Ollie Smeenk
Product Manager
ollie.smeenk@sodaq.com
+31 35 300 0301

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