SeaRoc Group, a renewable energy company since 2002, was invited by ClassNK to present at the 6th Offshore Wind Workshop, to share its knowledge, expertise and SeaPlanner marine management software to the emerging Japanese market.
The seminar was attended by 200 industry professionals, which was held at the University of Tokyo, Japan on 17th December 2015. Business Development Manager, Dominic Stratton presented alongside Hirofumi Takano of ClassNK, providing the audience with key industry intelligence and guidance on how to make an offshore wind project financially viable.
With 14 years operational experience in the European market, SeaRoc was invited to join the lineup of presenters to provide information on their services and how the SeaPlanner solution could be used for effective project management, reducing project risk, making a project insurable and Health, Safety & Environmental (HSE) management.
Dominic Stratton commented: “We’ve worked closely with ClassNK in recent months, verifying them in publishing guidelines for offshore wind farms in Japan as a basis for project certification.” The Japanese market is going through a period of change as the government, business, and consumers shift more towards renewable energy for country’s greater long term energy security – with a particular emphasis on offshore wind. In July 2015, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) announced renewable energy will account for 22 to 24% of the total energy supply mix by 2030.
With this focus, Japan’s renewable energy organizations and bodies are looking to learn from other companies across the globe that have in depth experience and industry successes.
A little history: In 2006 the company developed, SeaPlanner, software that provides the tools for the safe and efficient management of projects offshore. Features include personnel tracking, access control, vessel tracking, weather management, induction management, HSE risk management, geographic information systems (GIS), maintenance planning as well as managing offshore certification and documentation.
Now an industry leading marine management and monitoring tool, SeaPlanner has expanded beyond renewables into markets such as offshore dredging and marine-civil construction across the UK, Europe and Australia.
Recognizing the need for companies to streamline induction processes and reduce costs, the SeaRoc Group launched an online induction software tool, induct.me in 2014 – developed from the Induction Manager module within SeaPlanner. The system lets all personnel submit personnel details, upload their certification, watch a site induction/H&S video and answer a site induction Q&A. This can all be achieved before a person steps onto site, reducing administration, and saving the project time and money.
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