Boskalis gives lectures at NTU for Taiwanese offshore energy and maritime talents

By WindTAIWAN / 2019-12-23

 On October 24 and November 12, Boskalis was invited by the Department of Engineering Science and Ocean Engineering (ESOE), National Taiwan University (NTU) to organize lectures on offshore wind farm EPCI project management and offshore installation methods. The lectures are part of the knowledge transfer program that Boskalis set up for the Taiwanese Universities. Boskalis also had a similar session with National Taiwan Ocean University last year.


 Project Director André Andringa elaborated on the Veja Mata Offshore Wind Farm EPCI project, for which Boskalis installed the biggest and heaviest monopiles at the time. He shared his experience in managing this project in an efficient and safe manner. In addition, different types of risks that may occur in relation to the vessels, foundation design, noise mitigation, weather, SHE-Q and project schedule were discussed.


Project Director André Andringa


 Following the successful completion of the Veja Mate Foundation EPCI project, the preparation works for the recently awarded ChangFang XiDao (CFXD) Offshore Wind Farm project are now in full swing. Boskalis together with HwaChi Construction Co. Ltd. established a local joint-venture company “Boskalis HwaChi Offshore Wind Taiwan Co. Ltd. 伯威海事工程股份有限公司”, which will execute the CFXD OWF project.   


 Country Manager Elvin Sng touched on this newly awarded project. The 4,000-ton crane vessel BOKALIFT 2 will debut to perform the transport and installation of jackets and pin piles in Taiwan. The DP2 vessel boasts a 7,500 m2 of free deck space and has a crane capable of lifting structures of more than 100 meters high. Sng also introduced careers in offshore wind farm construction in general and Boskalis more specifically and also made the students aware of the Boskalis traineeship program.


“Boskalis offers challenging career opportunities.” One of the Boskalis trainees Dennis van der Brugghen shared his rotation in different business units at the 18-month traineeship program on a live skype call in the classroom.


 In the other lecture, Project Engineer Sil Drenth led students through an interactive engineering case study. Students in groups were challenged to come up with solutions on how to install the long piles that are typical for the Taiwanese projects. By adopting their lessons learnt, the NTU students, progressively proposed creative solutions such as adjusting mass centre of the piles, adding additional grippers, and conducting anti-swaying system control.



 An NTU alumni Chih-Gang Hsu, who is working at Boskalis headquarter in the position of installation engineer, shared his transition from student life in National Taiwan University to Boskalis, an international company in the Netherlands. He elaborated his work experiences and gave his thoughts on direct culture, flat hierarchy, and high-tasked engineering challenges and encourage students in considering their opportunities abroad.

 Boskalis values talents and gives opportunities to Taiwanese students to expand their horizon in Offshore Wind and Boskalis. Boskalis also looks forward to continuing its cooperation with top Taiwanese universities like NTU.


An NTU alumni Chih-Gang Hsu working at Boskalis headquarter as an installation engineer

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