Name: Nick Trier Madsen

Title: Head of Offshore Operations

Our role is to support the industry and utilise our knowledge to play an active part in solving the installation challenges.

Why is Floating Wind interesting for Maersk Supply Service?

Floating Wind is important to Maersk Supply Service as it is part of our strategy to solve the energy challenges of tomorrow. Floating Wind is a segment where we can utilise our core competencies best and take an active part in the renewables transition. Maersk Supply Service has an incredible amount of knowledge within towing and installation of floating assets. We have people that have experience with managing engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) projects, and the assets that can be used for executing offshore.

What is the biggest challenge in Floating Wind?

I believe there are two equally significant challenges in the Floating Wind sector right now. The first challenge is how to evaluate the different designs of Floaters best and to select the right partners that have a successful design. Our part here is to utilise our knowledge and play an active role in interfacing the mooring systems and the Floaters.

Another challenge is that once installed, what is the best way to solve the Operations and Maintenance (O&M). There are many variables compared to bottom fixed wind, where there is a modus operandum to how this process occurs. You can say that we are starting from a blank slate, and the industry is still developing. No one knows what O&M vessels for Floating Wind will look like, and it very much dependent on which Floater designs will be a success.

What are you working on at the moment?

At a high level, I am working on solving challenges and creating solutions for the floater/mooring interfacing. It goes beyond just installing and deals with the fact that these floaters need to be released from the moorings one day.

What is your background?

Before I joined the company in 1998, I worked for a heavy lift and feeder vessel company. I started offshore before joining the office.

What does success look like – for you and Floating Wind?

To me, long-term success would be to work on an EPCI project with a commercial wind farm project. My role in that will be to manage the offshore execution of the project. We have a good setup and have the relevant experience required. Therefore, I am confident there will be a bright future for Maersk Supply service within the Floating Wind segment.

“Solving complex challenges and finding key solutions for Floating Wind.”

Ferdinando Samonà, Senior Project Engineer

“With our fleet capacity and capabilities, Maersk Supply Service has the potential to efficiently deliver towing and mooring installation of Floating Wind projects.”