Equinor, Polenergia, and Vissim jointly organize workshops on traffic coordination in the Baltic Sea.

Vissim participates in workshops focusing on emergency response and specialized communications in offshore wind farm operations.
(Source: Polenergia)

28 February 2024

The ability to respond appropriately to emergencies is one of the most important elements for the safe operation of offshore wind farms. Consequently, Equinor and Polenergia organized another edition of the workshops for representatives of the public sector, government administration, and local government.

Workshops on traffic coordination at sea during offshore wind farm construction and operation offer transparent dialogue and improve national staff qualifications. Furthermore, this initiative aligns with both companies’ policies to disseminate knowledge and establish a shared platform for exchanging experiences with representatives from the administration and institutions directly involved in Poland’s offshore sector development.

For this edition, we collaborated with Vissim AS, a leading software and turnkey solutions provider specializing in advanced marine optimization and surveillance systems. Vissim AS led the traffic coordination workshop, bringing their expertise to the forefront.

The workshop was a unique opportunity for officials to explore the complex aspects of offshore wind farms and special communications. The knowledge acquired in these workshops stands as a pivotal element in guiding decisions within the area of energy and security. The tool we use serves as a valuable platform facilitating decision-making to optimize maritime logistics, manage port and maritime traffic, and protect marine resources and the well-being of other sea users. Our technology and solutions find application not only among investors but also among port and coastal authorities globally,

says Dominik Przygodzki, Business Development Manager at Vissim AS.

Effective management in the offshore wind sector relies not only on experience but also on fast and effective communication. The workshops that we have organized for representatives of the public administration have once again provided participants with knowledge on the safety of offshore wind farms and modern operational management tools. They also created a space for cooperation and dialogue between representatives of the invited institutions,

says Marta Porzuczek, Director of the Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development Department at Polenergia Group.

These workshops are an important step towards building the competencies necessary for the development of the offshore wind energy market. At a time of such a dynamic development of technologies in the energy sector, dialogue is a key tool for maintaining the level of knowledge in the field of innovations introduced by investors, enabling the understanding of individual milestones, challenges related to the implementation of offshore wind farm projects and the introduction of necessary changes in the energy sector to facilitate and accelerate the energy transition process,

says Michał Jerzy Kołodziejczyk, President of the Management Board of Equinor in Poland.

In the first part of the workshop, the participants were able to broaden their knowledge of offshore wind energy. The development of offshore wind farm infrastructure, the construction and maintenance phases, and potential emergency events were discussed.

The second part of the workshops was devoted to special communications. In the evolving infrastructure of offshore wind farms, communication is key to safety and effective project and personnel management. Participants had the opportunity to acquire or expand their knowledge of specialized communication systems, crisis management and real-time emergency planning.

The exercise aimed to familiarize participants with OSEM (Offshore Energy Manager) software for managing operations and technical tasks, including crew, food transport, and waste management. By simulating real-life cases, participants acquired the practical skills needed to operate effectively in a safety-focused environment.

Learn more about traffic coordination here: https://www.vissim.no/offshore-wind-solution/

Foto: Polenergia/Equinor

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Foto: Polenergia/Equinor