Denmark’s Port Esbjerg is developing a digital twin to allow it to better plan investments to support the offshore wind industry.
The port is working with the infrastructure advisory outfit Moffatt & Nichol to develop the software.
The port has been involved in the installation of 55 offshore wind farms to date.
The CEO of Port Esbjerg, Dennis Jul Pedersen, explained: “Port Esbjerg and the supply chain in Esbjerg have vast experience in supporting offshore wind projects, but we need to simulate the future to plan optimally today, and for this we are excited to work with Moffatt & Nichol.”
Moffatt & Nichol is a global infrastructure advisory firm. Headquartered in Southern California, the company specialises in port planning, development, and design.
They are the engineer of record for the four largest US offshore wind port projects including Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia.
According to Joshua Singer, offshore wind lead at Moffatt & Nichol, the possibility to simulate and improve efficiency with one of the epicentres for offshore wind in Europe will generate valuable knowledge that can leapfrog Port Esbjerg ahead of its competition.
Singer said: “A digital twin allows Port Esbjerg to simulate every operation in context to future projects and optimise the infrastructure accordingly.”
Earlier this week, it was reported that Port Esbjerg has unveiled plans to build pre-assembly sites for future offshore wind developments. The port has already supported a number of offshore wind developments previously.
The new pre-assembly sites in Port Esbjerg are aimed to cater to new and larger turbine installation vessels and larger components that need to be assembled directly on the quayside. They are also intended to provide space for supporting activities and lay-down areas.
Image: Port Esbjerg
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