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News & in-depth analysis of offshore wind farm and turbine operations & maintenance, including turbine & blade failure, access, monitoring & control systems, health & safety & wind monitoring.

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Eight UK sites up for extension

Eight UK sites up for extension

UK: The UK's Crown Estate has accepted eight offshore wind projects for investigation to potentially double their capacity.

Offshore wind-related injuries decline in 2017

Offshore wind-related injuries decline in 2017

HAMBURG 2018: Fewer injuries are being reported during wind farm construction and operations and maintenance (O&M), despite more hours being worked, according to a new report published at the Global Wind Summit in Hamburg.

DNV GL launches floating wind guidelines

DNV GL launches floating wind guidelines

GERMANY: Certification body DNV GL has published revised standards for the design of floating wind turbines and their structures.

Four injured in crane incident, Swire confirms

Four injured in crane incident, Swire confirms

NETHERLANDS: Vessels contractor Swire Blue Ocean has confirmed that four workers were injured during a "crane related work incident" at the Port of Eemshaven on the Pacific Osprey vessel.

Ship-to-turbine oil exchange completed

Ship-to-turbine oil exchange completed

BELGIUM: James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) has completed a second gearbox oil exchange project in which it transferred oil directly from ship to turbine, reducing the need to fill and hoist containers via the nacelle crane.

Doosan to service South Korea's largest offshore site

Doosan to service South Korea's largest offshore site

SOUTH KOREA: Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction (DHIC) will provide operations and maintenance (O&M) services for the country's largest offshore wind farm.

Offshore decommissioning could cost UK £3.6bn

Offshore decommissioning could cost UK £3.6bn

UK: Decommissioning 37 offshore wind farms in various stages of development in UK waters could cost the government between £1.28 billion (€1.44 billion) and £3.64 billion (€4.12 billion), a new report has revealed.

in depth

Comparing offshore output for 2017

GERMANY/UK: Offshore wind generation is rising as capacity grows, but how did individual sites perform during 2017? Windpower Monthly looks at key German and UK offshore projects.

Buckling up for the ladder climb

UK: Technicians for offshore services supplier CWind, now part of Global Marine Systems, prepare to service one of the MHI Vestas 3.0MW turbines at E.on's Humber Gateway project off eastern England

Gwynt y Mor shows how to build offshore safely

UK: Lessons from the London Olympics, a focus on occupational health and full engagement with contractors helped RWE to build its Gwynt y Mor project with an exemplary safety record. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health's Marcus Boocock reports on a site visit.

Market ready for take-off

WORLDWIDE: Operations and maintenance activity is now extending into deeper waters, further from shore, as OEM warranties for several large projects approach their expiry dates.

Look below the surface for maintenance regime

WORLDWIDE: Many vital components of wind farms are hidden below the sea surface and are subject to significant wear and tear. This is often ignored, despite the fact that the sub-surface section is at least as important as any other part of the structure

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