Wind farms

Lifejackets: fit for purpose?

Lifejackets: fit for purpose?

What goes into producing a high-quality lifejacket? Obviously, there is the selection of suitable, durable materials, components and foam, as well as stringent tests to ensure that the jacket’s performance meets ISO, SOLAS and/or MED standards and helps to keep the wearer alive. Another consideration, though, is customer feedback: the end user’s requirements play a […]

AHSV Merlin conjures cost effective magic for offshore wind

AHSV Merlin conjures cost effective magic for offshore wind

Autonomous technology meets alt-fuel readiness in SAFE Boats International’s ambitious AHSV Merlin, which has been carefully developed to conjure up cost efficiency on offshore wind farm pre-assessment missions As with offshore wind farm support vessels, it’s not unreasonable to expect research and survey vessels to ‘green up’ their operations. After all, there’s a certain irony […]

Inspection lead role for Dive-LD AUV?

Inspection lead role for Dive-LD AUV?

Anduril Industries is partnering with the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium (NOWRDC), US to autonomously inspect undersea power infrastructure using its Dive-LD AUV. The partnership aims to optimise emerging technologies for offshore renewable energy development in the US by reducing downtime and controlling costs. The Dive-LD is a modular and customisable large displacement […]

Aberdeen company offers UXO disposal with lower impact

Aberdeen company offers UXO disposal with lower impact

EODEX, a UXO disposal specialist based in Aberdeen, UK, reports that it can offer “low order deflagration” techniques to neutralise mines and other munitions around developing European offshore wind sites, and is hoping to score more contracts within this sector. The group’s disposal solution differs significantly from ‘high order’ techniques, which typically involve using large […]

Coexistence key for crowded offshore

Coexistence key for crowded offshore

A report from the DNV Group warns that the amount of ocean space occupied by offshore installations will grow fivefold by 2050, driven primarily by the rapid expansion of offshore wind and aquaculture projects. The class society’s Spatial Competition Forecast claims that offshore wind will account for 80% of stationary infrastructure by mid-century, followed by […]

Offshore wind steers heavy lift shipping towards greener future

Offshore wind steers heavy lift shipping towards greener future

Wuhu Shipyard’s series of Orca class vessels for Germany’s SAL Heavy Lift and Jumbo Shipping will set new benchmarks in efficiency, it is claimed. Daniel Johnson reports. Currently the second-largest renewable source of electricity following hydropower, wind power is one of the cornerstones of the green energy transition. Offshore wind in particular holds enormous promise […]

Offshore Wind

Offshore Wind

The role of the naval architect in floating offshore wind Jake Anderson, engineering director, ABL Group Now is a fantastic time to be a naval architect. The employment market is booming with opportunities across lots of sectors of the marine industry. This article describes one such sector that provides an opportunity for naval architects to […]

Zelim’s Guardian watches over the wind farms

Zelim’s Guardian watches over the wind farms

Zelim’s remote-controlled, autonomy-capable and AI-enhanced Guardian craft could enable instantaneous, effective casualty recovery at offshore wind turbine arrays, even in rough weather First was Survivor1: a remote-control rescue craft concept, designed to swing into action in the event of a casualty at deepwater offshore wind turbine sites. Developed by SAR services provider Zelim in cooperation […]

Fincantieri SOV due in 2026

Fincantieri SOV due in 2026

Fincantieri is taking further steps into the US offshore wind farm support sector, having secured a contract to build a service operation vessel (SOV) for Crest Wind – a joint venture formed between US-based Crowley and Denmark’s Esvagt in 2021. The forthcoming vessel will be chartered by Siemens Ganesa and used to support Dominion’s Coastal […]

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