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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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GE to build 12MW Haliade-X in China

GE to build 12MW Haliade-X in China

GE will target China and surrounding markets by setting up a new factory in Guangdong province, where it will manufacture its 12MW Haliade-X turbine.

Dangerous offshore wind incidents decline in 2018

Dangerous offshore wind incidents decline in 2018

The number of incidents capable of causing death or a life-changing injury fell by 13% in 2018, according to the offshore wind industry's health and safety watchdog.

Devising O&M strategies for floating offshore

Devising O&M strategies for floating offshore

Should repair and replacement of major components on floating turbines be carried out at the project location, or in the still waters of port after tugging the unit home?

The innovations that are changing the face of the O&M market

The innovations that are changing the face of the O&M market

As turbines grow taller and blades get longer, keeping them in working order throws up new challenges. We look at the trends in the service sector and pick out some innovative new solutions.

Research project deploys robots, drones and autonomous vessels for offshore O&M

Research project deploys robots, drones and autonomous vessels for offshore O&M

A new research project has been launched in the UK to develop the world's first fully autonomous robotic inspection and repair solution for offshore wind farms.

15 injured following crew transfer vessel crash

15 injured following crew transfer vessel crash

Fifteen people were reportedly injured, some seriously, after a crew transfer vessel (CTV) destined for the 350MW Wikinger project, collided with a cargo ship in the Baltic Sea this morning (19 February).

Europe's offshore wind costs falling steeply

Europe's offshore wind costs falling steeply

The latest report into the offshore wind sector by WindEurope shows the cost of investment required for the region's new wind capacity has been falling sharply since 2015.

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