Programme - Vessel support for offshore wind operations

Topic: Vessel support for offshore wind operations
Date: Wednesday 26 May 2021
Time: 10:00 - 11:00
Location: Virtual Webinar

10:00 - 11:00       Vessel support for offshore wind operations
10:00 Welcome 

Technology spotlights: How can you optimize your fleet’s operations offshore? 

Discover new technologies and strategies enabling faster, safer, greener offshore operations

 Chair:  Stuart Barnes, Regional Partnership Manager, ORE CatapultStuart Barnes

Stuart is our Regional Partnerships Manager. Based in the Humber, Stuart works with regional and national stakeholders in the public sector, industry and academia to develop a national centre of excellence for Operations & Maintenance that is regionally based with international impact. With experience of both onshore and offshore development and consenting of wind farms, he worked with RES Offshore as part of the consenting team for ‘Rhiannon Wind Farm’, a Round 3 project developed by Joint Venture partners DONG and Centrica Energy. Prior to that, Stuart worked for an onshore developer and Carbon Trust company, Partnerships for Renewables. With a background in public relations, government relations and stakeholder engagement, Stuart also has extensive experience of local government.


What considerations will impact vessel requirements for future offshore wind operations?

Ian Taylor, UK & Ireland Area Manager, DEME OffshoreIan Taylor photo

Ian is Area Manager for DEME Offshore, a leading offshore wind marine construction company . After an engineering career with Rolls Royce and GEC Alsthom, Ian completed an MBA before joining the energy supplier TXU in 1997 to develop their CHP and renewable energy businesses. He then then lead SLP Engineering’s Renewable division, which included the development of several onshore windfarms and the Round 2 offshore wind project, Sheringham Shoal, as well as the execution of several marine EPCI contracts. After working for Good Energies – a green private equity firm , and Typhoon Offshore – the developer of the Gemini offshore wind, Ian joined DEME Offshore in 2015. As Area Manager he is responsible for business development and leading DEME offshore’s tender activities for offshore wind projects in the UK and Ireland.  


USVs – the safe, reliable and low carbon solution for the collection of ocean data.James Ives

James Ives, CEO, XOCEAN

James is the founder and CEO of XOCEAN. James was previously the CEO of an international marine energy business. He is passionate about technology and a leading advocate for the safe and sustainable collection of ocean data.







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Using Uncrewed Surface Vessels (USVs), XOCEAN provides turnkey data collection services to surveyors, companies and agencies. From mapping the seabed to environmental monitoring, our platform offers a safe, economic and carbon neutral solution to collecting ocean data.