Ready for new tasks

Three-legged hotel ready for new tasks

Teras Offshore highlights the port’s flexibility and positive attitude to service after months of work on 'Atlantic Amsterdam' in Grenaa.

It was a range of different factors that played a part when the global company Teras Offshore last year decided to tow the accommodation platform 'Atlantic Amsterdam' to Grenaa where it was to await new jobs in a so-called 'cold stacking'. Today, both Teras Offshore and the Port of Grenaa can look back on a positive collaboration with lots of activity and good experiences.

“In the autumn 2017, 'Atlantic Amsterdam' finished a project for DONG Energy – now Ørsted – by Norfolk in England. The platform had functioned as accommodation for employees at the offshore wind farm Race Bank, and we needed to dock it to await a new project,” says Boris Oosterveen, Ass. Operations Manager at Teras Offshore.

Grenaa – a natural choice

“Many things play a part when we pick a port in this situation: The most important ones are water depth proportions, sailing time, and especially location in relation to where the rig is expected to go for its next project,” says Boris Oosterveen. 

”Teras Offshore has not used the Port of Grenaa before, but the port became a natural option as we were expecting 'Atlantic Amsterdam' to get its next project in German waters. Esbjerg could have been the natural choice, as the sailing time to Grenaa is longer, but one of the deciding factors was the commitment, and the high level of service that the employees at the Port of Grenaa and the port’s business partners showed us in our negotiations. An essential demand from Teras Offshore was also that the chosen port had to comply with the ISPS rules, so that the platform could dock in a sealed off area. In Grenaa, it became clear that everyone were willing to go that extra mile to meet our needs, and to negotiate a deal that matched our time plans, etc. In Grenaa, we experienced a commitment that you don’t meet in every port,” says Boris Oosterveen, who also highlights a great performance from employees at Østship at the port of Grenaa. “Those guys do an amazing job,” he says.

Prepared for a new project

When 'Atlantic Amsterdam' docked in Grenaa in October 2017, the final agreement about a new project was not in place yet, so it was a case of a so-called 'cold stacking' from the beginning. “To put it in layman’s terms, we 'pull the plug' on the platform, and leave it with an absolute minimum of operational costs,” says Boris Oosterveen.

It quickly became clear, though, that 'Atlantic Amsterdam' once again was awarded work for Ørsted. This time on the German offshore wind farm Borkum Riffgrund 2. ”We had to prepare the platform for this project which starts a comprehensive plan: In February this year, we sent 19 people onboard to perform several maintenance jobs and various repairs, changes, etc. 'Atlantic Amsterdam' was built in 1984 so obviously needs ongoing maintenance to live up to market demands. At the same time, we chose to complete the mandatory 5 year inspection – the so-called SPS inspection. This comprises of a very large number of inspections of everything from legs, diving inspection of spud-tanks, and a range of other inspections of all installations onboard. For this, we have been able to work with quite a few local companies. This has also been performed to our wishes and demands. We have also seen a very high level of service and flexibility from suppliers. All this meant that we were able to stick to both our deadlines and the budgets that were in place,” says Boris Oosterveen.

Hotel at sea

Both at Race Bank and in Borkum Riffgrund, 'Atlantic Amsterdam' functions as an accommodation platform for the crew working on building the offshore wind farm.

”Previously, workers were flown or sailed out to the offshore workplaces, but that is time-consuming, and bad weather can delay the work. It is far more flexible having the crew live on site, so that they literally can walk to work. In fact, the concept is called ’Walk to work’”, says Boris Oosterveen.

'Atlantic Amsterdam' functions as a top modern accommodation with catering, leisure facilities, gyms, etc. Teras Offshore delivers all services for the up to 136 guests that can live onboard – often in shifts of 28 days at sea, and 28 days on-shore. There are 18 crew members on 'Atlantic Amsterdam'.

Success in the wind industry

Besides the actual accommodation facilities, Teras Offshore offers a range of offshore services within the Wind and Oil / Gas industry.

Within the last few years, Teras Offshore has broadened its field of work. Previously, it was exclusively companies within the oil/gas industry that was serviced, whereas now, wind energy takes up a lot of space in the company’s order book.

“We have seen a rapid development within the wind industry. In the course of just a few years, the turbines have become much larger, and we can offer the large lift-boats that are necessary for operations with turbines of up to 12 MW. Teras Offshore has the largest and youngest fleet of the specialist vessels that are in demand today. That is why we have become a relevant player within the wind industry,” says Boris Oosterveen.

'Atlantic Amsterdam' left the Port of Grenaa in June, but according to Boris Oosterveen, the experience in Grenaa has been so good that it is likely to be back in the future.

 

The Singapore-based Teras Offshore Pte. Ltd. is a global player within marine and supply services for the offshore industry, both oil/gas and wind.

Teras Offshore is the owner of the world’s largest and youngest fleet of lift-boats and jack-ups for specialist jobs in connection with construction, maintenance and operations of offshore installations. Teras Offshore is mainly active in South-East Asia, but is present throughout the world. Nigeria, middle-east and China are amongst the markets for Teras Offshore.