Offshore Wind Energy Supply Chain

Offshore Wind Energy Supply Chain – future outlook for technologies and cooperation, Smart Blue Regions project Workshop took place  in  26th April 2018 in Gdańsk, in historical place  – Gdańsk Shipyard Sala (Hall) BHP. The workshops were organized by Polish project partners : GSG  Towers (Paweł Mawduk) , Pomorskie Association in EU (Magda Leszczyna-Rzucidło)  and Maritime Institute in Gdańsk (Joanna Przedrzymirska).

About 90 participants participated in the workshops. They were representatives of business, science and administration. The Polish Marine Cluster supports and promotes the results of the Smart Blue Regions  project. Main objective of the workshop was: to explore and define possibilities of transnational cooperation among entrepreneurs representing offshore industry in the Baltic Sea Region making use of RIS3 processes and EU funding.

The organizers have defined the following Target groups: offshore industry entrepreneurs from shipyards, ship design offices,  steel and engine producers etc., regional administration representing Baltic Sea regions.


The workshops were conducted in four groups. It was assumed that the following workshop results should be achieved:

  • Themes for future offshore industry cooperation in the transnational value chain in the BSR;
  • Paths of cooperation: possibilities and challenges;
  • Initiation of new B2B relations.

The following topics were discussed by professionals during the workshops:

  • Constructions: Wind Towers (design, optimization), Substation (concept design, design optimization, modular design), Foundation (new designs, new functionalities)
  • Vessels: Seabed Preparation (offshore cabling / foundations, port / inland waterways dredging, deep sea mining), Installation Vessels (land-based vs. offshore assembly, direct delivery of components, purpose-built installation vessel – jack-up’s), Service Vessels (mother vessel accommodations, transfer vessels, service parts transport)
  • Wind Farm Efficiency: Concept Design (turbines / substations / grid layout), Decommissioning of Constructions (modularity, recycling, new use), Multi-use of Constructions (aquaculture, biomass, energy storage, marine hydro kinetics, wave)
  • Autonomous Operations (surveying, Operation & Maintenance)

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