It’s estimated the global offshore wind market could exceed US$100bn by the end of this decade, with a global capacity 330GW per annum. By common consent offshore renewables are an essential component in society’s transition towards sustainable energy.
Although in its early years offshore wind depended heavily on vessels more typically deployed for oil and gas offshore, in the past decade a new generation of specialist ships has emerged, purpose-built for the installation, commissioning and servicing of offshore wind projects have emerged. Often incorporating the latest technologies and with a keen eye towards alternative fuel solutions, these vessels are at the vanguard of modern ship design.
Presented in association with the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO), the Royal Institution of Naval Architects’ Offshore Wind Vessels 2024 offers a snapshot of this nascent sector and the trends, concerns and technology that are influencing its ongoing evolution. As well as an in-depth look at ship types as SOVs, CSOVs, CTVs and others, there are perspectives on the latest advances in gangway technology, classification and the new challenges posed by floating wind farm projects.
The supplement is available to readers of our flagship publication, The Naval Architect with its February 2024 edition, and also as an open-access digital edition via the link below: