05 Aug '13, 2pm

A Bigger Boat: Offshore Wind Service Vessels Grow Up

A Bigger Boat: Offshore Wind Service Vessels Grow Up

LONDON -- As offshore wind development moves further out to sea, into deeper waters and harsher weather conditions, service and support vessels — boats used for installation, crew transfer and maintenance — have seen a sea change from smaller boats, often re-purposed from other sectors, to purpose-built craft of 20 metres and larger. The most popular modern vessels now reach 24 metres and, with the UK’s Round 3 energy plan approaching (offshore wind is a major factor), 26- and 28-metre boats are being designed. Why Are Bigger Boats Needed? Wind farm owners are “starting to really push the limits in terms of the weather they want you to work in,” says Ian Baylis, managing director of Seacat Services . As projects move further offshore, support vessels will spend more time travelling and working outside windows of calm weather, and the larger the boat, the more capable it is...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2013...

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