Damen and MO4 integrate digital services for improved offshore vessel operations

Damen and MO4 team up towards the digitalisation of offshore vessel operations
Source: Damen

Damen Shipyards Group and MO4 join forces in working towards the digitalisation of offshore wind farm operations by pairing Damen’s Triton vessel monitoring platform with MO4 motion forecasting knowledge. The collaboration between the companies forms a part of Damen’s Smart Ship programme.

MO4 and Damen saw the opportunity to integrate MO4’s motion forecasting service with Damen’s Triton connected vessel platform resulting in a single, secured, vessel connection supporting motion based applications. The data helps crew transfer vessel operators to demonstrate and secure their ability to provide safe transfers to offshore wind farm operators.

Damen Triton

Damen Triton is a remote monitoring and operational insight tool, a connected, collaborative IoT platform that collects data such as impact-force measurement on vessel landing, push force recovery during transfer and vertical slip measurements, from multiple sensors located around the vessel. This data offers vessel operators the opportunity, for example, to monitor and optimise performance of their vessel from a remote location. The Triton system ensures a safe and secure data transfer as a result of smart digital integration on board, combined with high cyber security features.

MO4 forecasting

All offshore operations are in some way limited by weather and waves. At certain thresholds the vessels experience too much dynamics to either safely operate or to have people on deck. Knowing such limitations a number of days in advance is highly advantageous. MO4 motion prediction services allows for much better planning and use of the asset.

For the motion forecasting service MO4 has set-up a vessel specific digital twin, taking into consideration all these parameters automatically. These digital twins consider parameters such as the dynamic positioning (DP) system, maximum thrust, vessel motions in waves, wind and swell sea, and much more.

Roderick Buijs, Damen regional service manager said, “It is great to see that we can build our market propositions based on the connectivity of vessels enabled by Triton through partnering with experts in the field for niche-analyses that generate direct value to our customer. This alliance leads to better solutions for our clients at more competitive rates, whilst both contributing to Damen’s digitalisation ambition and encouraging the production of sustainable energy.”

Mark Paalvast, Co-Founder of MO4, “We have high expectations from our collaboration with Damen as we see that they too are frontrunners in digitalisation. As a team we will be able to combine Damen’s long-standing experience with MO4’s innovative technologies. Within this, the Triton system will serve as a reliable basis for gathering and distribution of all data, allowing our analytics software to provide top tier output. This will lead to increased insight and better performance. We often say ‘without data, it’s just another opinion’.”