Innovations

Tetrahedron wins Offshore Wind Innovators Award 2020

Tetrahedron winner of Offshore Wind Innovator Award 2020

Tetrahedron is the winner of both the jury and public award of the Offshore Wind Innovators Award 2020. With their innovation called Simply lifting high, the company convinced the jury and the audience that with their next-generation heavy-lift mechanism the current issue around the limited number of heavy lift vessels available in the offshore wind…

New technical challenges sought for OWIC 2021 edition

Following the finals of the 2020 edition of the Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge (OWIC) earlier this month, the organisers are now calling on leading offshore wind companies and organisations to bring forward new technical challenges they seek innovative solutions for. The challenges for the 2021 edition of OWIC can be submitted before 6 April. To…

Van Oord installs emission and fuel consumption reduction solution on Bravenes

Van Oord will install FS MARINE+, an advanced combustion conditioning system with hydrogen and methanol on their subsea rock installation vessel Bravenes. The patented solution by German company FUELSAVE reduces fuel consumption of marine diesel-powered engines & auxiliary systems and reduces significantly emissions. Van Oord is committed to becoming carbon-neutral by 2050, in line with…

Reefy winner of Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge 2020

Dutch start-up company Reefy has won the 4th edition of the annual Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge. During a live stream on 4 March 2021, 3 finalists were given the opportunity to pitch their unique solution for one of this edition’s challenges ‘The Perfect Biodegradable Reef’ and ‘Efficient Biodiversity Monitoring’. Reefy’s modular, bio-degradable reef design convinced…

Borssele V innovation site fully commissioned

Two Towers partners Van Oord, Investri Offshore and Green Giraffe, have fully commissioned the Borssele Wind Farm Site V. The innovation site, featuring 2 Vestas 9.5 MW turbines, incorporates several innovations. Borssele V, located around 20 km off the coast of Zeeland and situated within site III of the Borssele Wind Farm Zone, was designated…

IHC IQIP & TU Delft work on BLUE piling technology improvements

This summer, IHC IQIP joined forces with Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) to start an investigation on the soil-pile interaction of IQIP’s BLUE Piling Technology. In order to make accurate predictions of the drivability of monopiles, the effect of the longer blow duration will be investigated. The BLUE Piling Technology is a new monopile…

Z-Bridge completes sea trials Bring-to-Work system

IJmuiden-based company Z-Bridge has completed the sea trial period for their Bring-To-Work (B2W) system. The system is said to be the first offshore access system suitable for CTV’s or smal DP vessels. For the sea trials, the B2W system was mobilised on the vessel MHO-Esbjerg in Breskens in the first week of October this year.…

KENC launches 2 new automatic boat landing systems

Dutch offshore equipment engineering and fabrication company KENC Engineering revealed two new automatic boat landing systems (ABLS). The systems are certified and compatible with all common CTV’s. The ABLS provides a safe transfer between a CTV and large vessels. It is a robust and compact design that comes fully automated with an easy-to-operate control system…