World Forum Offshore Wind (WFO) is the world’s only organization 100% focused on promoting offshore wind energy on a global scale. WFO is registered as a non-profit organization (e.V.) in Germany, with offices in Hamburg, Tokyo, Taipei and New York. WFO’s international members represent the complete offshore wind value chain including utility companies, manufacturers, service firms as well as other non-profit orga- nizations. WFO’s unique global profile facilitates access to governmental and international forums in order to open new offshore wind markets and to advocate for global offshore wind growth.
The Floating Offshore Wind Committee (FOWC) is a forum dedicated to identifying the questions and answers required for bringing floating wind technology to commercial scale. Chaired by Bruno Geschier (BW Ideol) and Clément Weber (Green Giraffe), the FOWC holds quarterly meetings in which members can learn and provide input on advancements in the industry.
The FOWC also consists of three Subcommittees focused on three key areas of floating wind: Insurance, Moorings, and Operations & Maintenance. They are chaired respectively by Ralf Skowronnek (Skowronnek & Bechnak), David Timmington (Griffin-Woodhouse Ltd.) and Ilmas Bayati (PEAK Wind). Within the Subcommittees, experienced technical and commercial experts from the floating offshore wind industry pool personal lessons learned on a monthly basis. These fruitful exchanges help identify hot topics for the industry based on practical experience, feed into existing research & development efforts, and ultimately bring the industry forward.
The Offshore Dispute Resolution Committee (ODRC) is a forum dedicated to developing alternative dispute resolution mechanisms to resolve global offshore wind disputes faster and more cost-effective. Chaired by Tobias Voigt (Carneades) and Christian Knütel (Hogan Lovells), the ODRC holds quarterly meetings during which members discuss and establish WFO’s dispute resolution mechanisms.
To guarantee an effective management of the ODRC, WFO has created its Secretariat for Dispute Resolution Services to manage and support all activities and services initiated by the ODRC. The Secretariat for Dispute Resolution Services is comprised of three roles: Secretary General (Tobias Voigt), Deputy Secretary General (Christian Knütel) and Managing Secretary (Gunnar Herzig, WFO).
The ODRC has started to create a pool of offshore wind experts with proven track records in offshore wind dispute resolution. Interested offshore wind experts are encouraged to download the questionnaire below and to send it together with their CVs to WFO’s Gunnar Herzig.