Optimizing vessel fleet size and mix to support maintenance operations at offshore wind farms

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Magnus Stålhane, Elin E. Halvorsen-Weare, Lars Magne Nonås, Giovanni Pantuso

This paper considers the problem of determining the optimal vessel fleet to support maintenance operations at an offshore wind farm. We propose a two-stage stochastic programming (SP) model of the problem where the first stage decisions are what vessels to charter. The second stage decisions are how to support maintenance tasks using the chartered vessels from the first stage, given uncertainty in weather conditions and the occurrence of failures. To solve the resulting SP model we perform an ad-hoc Dantzig–Wolfe decomposition where, unlike standard decomposition approaches for SP models, parts of the second stage problem remain in the master problem. The decomposed model is then solved as a matheuristic by apriori generating a subset of the possible extreme points from the Dantzig–Wolfe subproblems. A computational study in three parts is presented. First, we verify the underlying mathematical model by comparing results to leading work from the literature. Then, results from in-sample and out-of-sample stability tests are presented to verify that the matheuristic gives stable results. Finally, we exemplify how the model can help offshore wind farm operators and vessel developers improve their decision making processes.

TidsskriftEuropean Journal of Operational Research
StatusUdgivet - 1 jan. 2019

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