Vessels & Access - A better way to walk to work

Safety and comfort are watchwords as suppliers up their game

Windpower Offshore special report - Vessels & Access - A better way to walk to work
Windpower Offshore special report - Vessels & Access - A better way to walk to work

Vessels are a top priority for offshore wind project developers and owners. Over the past few years, vessel builders, operators and certifiers have all made great strides to respond to the challenges of this industry. There are now more vessels than ever available for offshore wind work. In fact, there may even be more vessels than the industry will need over the next couple of years. An abundance of options allows developers to pick and choose which vessels to hire. But getting the right boats at the right time and at a good price remains a challenge.

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Tide turning on vessel supply and demand

The design, construction and use of vessels in the offshore wind industry is changing fast to keep pace with the progress of a sector that is under pressure to grow quickly while constraining costs. But is the drive to produce more vessels outpacing the market's needs?

Floating hotels advance offshore construction

Accommodation vessels are often seen as the future of offshore wind - but that future is already here. We discover such ships have been in use since 2008, providing a temporary home to hundreds of technicians and contributing to a large proportion of offshore installed capacity

Vessels fit for purpose

Feedback from the field and exacting new classification standards are helping offshore transfer companies produce vessels that are responding to growing industry demand

Riding the waves

Sea-induced motions can hamper marine activities such as crane operations during offshore wind farm construction. We examine a novel wave-compensation technology for vessels

Safe walk-to-work solution

Access to offshore wind farms during construction and for later maintenance is a well-known challenge. But gangways can eliminate the risk of using access ladders

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