KCI the Engineers, Oceanteam’s subsidiary, designed world’s biggest observation wheel, the 200+ metre-high Ain Dubai. Previously, KCI engineered 135 m and 180 m big wheels in London and New York’s Staten Island. How did KCI get involved in the Wheels business? Meet Marc Groenendijk, managing director at KCI. Groenendijk started his career at in 2005 as a senior engineer and calls himself a ‘hardcore engineer’. Currently, he leads a team of over 100 employees, including the Wheels division. “An observation wheel is a true landmark; it really speaks to everyone's imagination.”
On February 15, Oceanteam’s subsidiary KCI the Engineers will attend the yearly Match Making day, organised by Dutch knowledge and innovation consortium TKI Wind op Zee (WoZ). TKI WoZ is a Dutch organisation that facilitates collaboration between companies, knowledge institutions and the government in the field of wind energy. The organisation stimulates research, innovation and implementation in the wind energy industry.
Beijing-based Huadian Heavy Industries selected Oceanteam’s subsidiary KCI the Engineers for the design review, fabrication preparation, load out and installation of an offshore substation. KCI will take care of the design review of both the topside as well as the foundation. This project is the firm’s first step entering the promising Chinese renewables market.
2016 was a both exciting and turbulent year for Oceanteam. While the oil and gas market remained challenging, Oceanteam Solutions and KCI managed to win many new contracts in the offshore energy market, which led to amazing cabling handling and transport projects. On top of that, KCI launched a separate Wheels department, with the Dubai Eye project as flagship project. Oceanteam’s 2016 highlights in a nutshell.
Oceanteam Solutions (OTS) not only has achieved excellent results in 2016, the future for the company looks promising too. OTS is currently receiving an above average number of RFQ’s (Request for Quotation) for equipment rental contracts. According to Oceanteam Solution’s managing director Lex van Doorn, European offshore wind power projects in particular will be a major growth driver in the coming years.
Oceanteam Solutions has won a contract for engineering and supplying a 4000T and a 2000T turntable for the splicing, storage and multiple loadouts of cables. Furthermore, Oceanteam will accommodate a professional cable handling crew, engineering services and equipment for the complete project.
Oceanteam Solutions won a contract to supply equipment and services for cable transport and load outs from Asia to Europe in 2016. For this project, Oceanteam earlier successfully performed a cable loadout in Asia. Last month, the Oceanteam Solutions crew finished the project with the successful load out of the cables in the Port of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The demountable turntable systems were delivered to the mobilisation site in 40ft containers and were completely built up by the Oceanteam technicians.
Wind energy becomes more and more an essential and valuable part of the world’s energy markets for the foreseeable future. The total global cumulative wind capacity will be over 705 (!) GW by the end of 2020 according to Navigant Research, a market research and consulting team that provides in-depth analysis of global clean technology markets. But something is going on, warns Navigant analyst Jesse Broehl. He notes that there are effectively two wind markets: China and the rest of the world. The split is not only in total capacity installed in a given year but also in the underlying wind turbine supplier dynamics.
According to TIME magazine, over half of the world’s new power capacity in 2015 came from renewable energy sources like wind power. In a report that was published on 25 October this year, the International Energy Agency states that renewables are beating fossil fuels for the first time. Right now, renewables represent 23% of global power generation.
A percentage that is expected to grow to 28% by 2021. According to the report, policy makers will continue to encourage the adoption of renewable power. What is Oceanteam’s role in this very promising market?
Mirsad Baručić BSc Eur-Ing., Project Manager at KCI the engineers, is closely involved in the Design, Engineering and Construction of the largest observation wheel in the world, the Dubai Eye (Ain Dubai). A project of unprecedented size and complexity, he says.
Last month, Oceanteam’s subsidiary KCI the Engineers has won two new assignments. MonoBaseWind BV, a cooperation between Orca Offshore, PBConsultants and Venture Counsels, has contracted KCI for the basic engineering of the structural steel design of their self-installing Gravity Based Foundation (GBF) concept. And gas producer Centrica has awarded KCI with an assignment for a NOx Compliance project.
Oceanteam’s subsidiary KCI the Engineers has been awarded with a subsidy from Dutch consortium Knowledge and Innovation, Wind at Sea (TKI - WoZ) for the further research & development of its promising Double Slip Joint (DSJ) concept. The DSJ is a smart alternative to grouted or bolted connections between the transitional piece and monopile for offshore wind turbines.
Oceanteam Solutions has been awarded a long-term contract to supply an Offshore Transmission Owner (OFTO) with port facilities, loadouts and storage of cables at Oceanteam’s own cable storage facility in Velsen Noord, The Netherlands.
We’re happy to introduce you to our newest team member, Travis Malcolm, project manager at Oceanteam Solutions. Four questions about the key responsibilities and the biggest challenges of his job.
Haico Halbesma, CEO of Oceanteam ASA, Jan Willem van Bloois, Director Sales & Marketing of KCI the Engineers and Jan Rooswinkel, General Manager of OFFCO, recently signed a long-term representing and consultancy agreement. The cooperation applies to projects concerning Offshore Wind installations and cable lay operations in China, where Oceanteam Solutions and KCI will take care of the supply of marine equipment and engineering.
At this moment in Asia, our experienced Oceanteam Solutions crew is performing the transpooling of a cable into our 2000t demountable turntable. Earlier this year, Oceanteam Solutions won a contract to supply a cable manufacturer demountable turntables and auxiliary equipment for the multiple transport of cables from Asia to Europe.
Oceanteam subsidiary KCI - the Engineers, recently carried out the installation engineering for the heaviest onshore lift in history for the Dubai-I, the world’s largest Observation Wheel. The spindle for the Dubai-I was lifted on it’s A frame end of May. The crane had to lift a record weight of 1835 tonnes. KCI has taken care of its concept, the basic and detailed design and the installation engineering. The spindle is the biggest ever build and was shipped from Abu Dhabi to Bluewaters Island in Dubai this spring.
Did you know we have a base with deep-water (9 mtr) quayside facilities in Velsen Noord, the Netherlands? Here, Oceanteam Solutions facilitates the submarine cable industry by offering a full and integrated range of services comprising cable storage, cable handling, and cable transport. The base is perfectly located, immediately behind the North Sea locks of IJmuiden.
After a successful mobilisation of the spread in Poland, which included a 4000t demountable turntable and loading tower with built-in tensioner, the cable lay barge took off to Germany for start of the cabling project.
Oceanteam Solutions has extended a contract with one of their clients by supplying a 1500T cable basket and accompanying equipment for a storage and cable loadout project in Velsen, The Netherlands.
Oceanteam Solutions has been awarded a contract to supply 4000T and 1100T turntables and auxiliary equipment for the storage, splicing and multiple loadouts of cables to a client at Oceanteam’s own base in Velsen Noord, The Netherlands.
Oceanteam Solutions has been awarded a contract to supply a cable manufacturer demountable turntables and auxiliary equipment for the multiple transport of cables from Asia to Europe in 2016.
Oceanteam Cable Solutions, based in the Netherlands, has successfully finished a cable loadout at our facilities in Velsen Noord. The cable was transferred from Oceanteam’s cable basket to a cable repair vessel from where the client will use the cable for a repair job
We have adapted our corporate identity to suit the solution driven services we have to offer our clients under the Oceanteam umbrella. As of now, our marine assets division RentOcean will serve you under the name Oceanteam Solutions, where we combine both high-end engineering know-how and equipment capabilities into a single service for our clients.
Oceanteam Solutions, part of Oceanteam Shipping ASA's solutions division, has been awarded a contract with Bohlen & Doyen GmbH to supply a lay spread for a cable laying project in Germany. The lay spread includes a 4000t demountable turntable and loading tower with built-in tensioner. The contract has a duration of one year, plus options.
KCI has launched an innovative new joint method for the renewables market: the Double Slip Joint concept. KCI’s Double Slip Joint (DSJ) is a smart alternative to grouted or bolted connections between transition pieces and monopile foundations for offshore wind turbines.