Vattenfall to Plan OWF Marine Operations with Mermaid

Vattenfall has ordered a full Mermaid system license for the strategic planning of its offshore wind farm operations from James Fisher Marine Services, part of James Fisher and Sons plc. 

Mermaid provides increased understanding of the impact of weather and tidal forces on a project’s schedule to companies involved in marine operations, JFMS said.

By simulating marine operations against historical weather and tidal data, Mermaid enables enhanced decision-making in the early planning stages to support significant cost-savings through project optimisation, according to the company.

The system was launched by Mojo Maritime – a trading division of JFMS – in autumn 2015. Vattenfall was involved in the development of Mermaid by providing user testing and feedback during its late development phases prior to launch, and has now gone on to order a full license.

“Mermaid is a comprehensive solution for our marine weather risk modelling. We need to know how much and for how long the weather will cost us, and Mermaid supplies the answers. It’s fully flexible, being able to model the smallest operations to large-scale programmes and its easy-to-use interface allows us to model fast, and iterate project plans quickly.” said Anne Lina Holy, project simulation analyst at Vattenfall.

Mermaid allows users to realistically simulate marine operations to uncover risks and critical operations prior to going offshore, JFMS said.

“The high quality platform design ensuring that policies for data security and data protection are met, as well as a reliable update mechanism, means that Mermaid fits easily within our IT policies and infrastructure,” said Anders Wilhelmsson, IT demand, business area wind at Vattenfall.