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Last week the third Universal Foundation workshop successfully took place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Hamburg, attracting around 100 delegates from over 50 companies.

“The workshop is designed to bring together key stakeholders in the industry, to share and spread knowledge on suction technology,” Universal Foundation’s Managing Director Kristian Ravn said. “It was a great success and the perfect forum to discuss the future of foundations and how suction technology contributes to reduce the cost of offshore wind.”

Universal Foundation discussed the Mono Bucket foundation and an external presenter from DBB Jack-up Services showed delegates how the seabed at Horns Rev 2 had returned to normal after the successful removal of the met. mast and supporting Mono Bucket after six years in operation. There was also a project update on Fred. Olsen Windbase, the “game-changer” for O&M, which can utilise the Mono Bucket technology.

As per tradition one dedicated delegate was awarded the “Golden Bucket” for a quote which perfectly captured the general conclusions of the event: “I think that the Mono Bucket is a beautiful design in regards to the noise concerns, and will definitely give monopiles a challenging future”.

The workshop had a mix of speakers and panel discussions, with participants from Fred. Olsen related companies Universal Foundation, Fred. Olsen Ocean and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier as well as LEEDCo, The Carbon Trust, Siemens Wind Power, Van Oord and more.

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