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A Decision Supporting Tool for the Lifestyle Logistics of Ocean Energy Array

Date: February 23, 2015 at 12:34 GMT

Lifecycle logistics represent a significant proportion of the overall capital costs (CapEx)
and operational cost (OpEx) of an offshore project. The Institute of Shipping economics and Logistics (ISL) (ISL, 2012) estimates that the share of logistics expenses can reach up to 20% of the total cost of an offshore wind farm with an average value around 15%. While in the long term, one can expect similar share for the lifecycle logistics of the wave and tidal sector, in the first small pre-commercial arrays this share may be even higher. The coordination of complex operations such as lifting, towing, positioning and manipulating heavy structures in the open sea environment is challenging. That is why it is crucial to find the most appropriate logistic solutions for an array of MRE devices.

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