Programme 2024


10:00 Welcome – Erwin Leys (President BOC)

10:05 Opening Speech – Bart Tommelein (Mayor Ostend)

10:20 Theme Speech – Caroline Verstraete

10:30 Princess Elisabeth Latest update – Lieve Jorens (FPS Economy – DG Energy)

10:50 Workforce challenges – Ralph Savage (GWO)

11:10 Securing offshore assets – Kurt De Winter (Belgian Navy)

11:30 Coffee break

11:50 Innovative solutions – Piet Opstaele (Blue Cluster)

12:10 New ambitions, New challenges – Peter Frohböse (DNV)

12:30 Cable challenges & opportunities – Geert Moerkerke (ELIA)

12:50 Q&A + Conclusions

13:00 Lunch + networking

Participation is free of charge but registration is required.

Five pitches on innovative projects in the offshore wind sector:

14:00 Optimizing operational efficiency and predictive maintenance through integrity monitoring of cables and foundations (BOPTIC) – Roel Vanthillo (Marlinks)

14:10 Unlocking the Potential: Harnessing Marine Ecosystem Services and Ecosystem Approach for Offshore Wind Farms (MeSP and WABESCO) – Kristien Veys (Blue Cluster)

14:20 On the use of physics-based and data-driven digital twins for offshore wind monitoring applications (Soiltwin + Supersized 4.0) – Jan Helsen (VUB) and Christof Devriendt (VUB/24SEA)

14:40 Preparing 15+ MW wind turbine components for harsh climatic environments (Energietransitiefonds Harsh R&D test) – Pieter Jan Jordaens (Sirris)

14:50 Cheaper foundations by demonstrating the fatigue capacity of robot welded joints (JaCo) – Philippe Thibaux (OCAS)

15:00 Networking (booth 262)

17:00 - 19:00
Reception & Offshore Oscars

In VIP area Bagatelle.

Dinner is invitation only.

10:00 - 17:00
Fair Visit

Fair is free for every professionel, but registration is required.


Free wifi available!

Registration & Coffee

10:00 Welcome by Tinne Van der Straeten, Federal Minister for Energy
10:05 Education & skills by WindEurope – Ekaterine Gogoberishvili (WindEurope)
10:15 FLORES project – Nina Mavrogeorgou (WindEurope)
10:25 T-SHORE project – Laure Martroye (POM West-Vlaanderen)
10:35 Offshore4Sure project – Dirk Hoet (UGent)

10:45 Workshop
• Harmonizing standards and certification in training (Scalda)
• O&M (World Class Maintenance)
• Security (cyber & data) (Howest)
• Emerging technology: offshore floating solar (Ocean of Energy)
• Emerging technology: wave energy (Dutch Wave Power)
• Emerging technology: tidal energy (Water2Energy)

11:35 Plenary feedback – Dirk Hoet (UGent)
11:50 Conclusions – Ekaterine Gogoberishvili (WindEurope)
12:00 Lunch + networking

Join the workshop ‘𝗦𝗸𝗶𝗹𝗹𝘀 & 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗰𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗼𝗳𝗳𝘀𝗵𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗲𝘄𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗴𝘆 𝗶𝗻𝗱𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘆’ & discover how we can tackle the challenges of the labor market. What skills does the industry need? What new courses are in development? What training needs do new renewable technologies entail?

10:00 - 15:00
Fair visit

Fair is free for every professionel, but registration is required.

Free flex offices and wifi available!

Final speech – Lieven Tack (General manager POM West-Vlaanderen)

Closing drink