OWSV design conference

Mon, 27 October 2014

The UK-based Royal Institute of Naval Architects (RINA) has announced a conference on ‘Design & Operation of Offshore Wind Farm Support Vessels’ from 28-29 January 2015 in London, UK

Europe can now boast of having some of the largest and most developed Offshore Wind Farms in the world. And with new sites being developed in Asia and the USA the transfer of knowledge and experience is as important as ever. Building on the success of last year’s conference, RINA returns to the subject to investigate the impact of new standards, regulations brought into force, and new developments made within the industry.

With more global construction, an increasing numbers of wind farm developments are in more distant, more hostile, and deeper environments. And as the first near shore wind farm developments move from construction to the operational phase, maintenance management is playing a larger role.

Therefore the vessels required to serve offshore wind farms are becoming more diverse and are now staying on station for longer periods much further from shore than before. This continues to raise the issue of the safe transfer of crew and technicians between shore and turbine, and vessel and turbine. And the standards expected in terms of comfort and facilities for the technicians, who may be required to be stay on board for longer periods and in higher sea states, are also increasing. A number of innovative designs have begun to leave the drawing board, and regulation has started to catch up.

To further investigate these specialised vessels RINA invites papers from naval architects, class societies, operators, researchers, and builders on all related topics, including:

-All aspects of design - hull, general arrangement, interior, etc. including innovative features

-Navigation, communication & controls - safety, efficiency, reliability

-Classification & statutory requirements - impact of new rules & regulations

-Sea keeping & manoeuvring - thrusters, dynamic positioning, trials, evaluation

-Crew safety & comfort fatigue, health & safety, environment, operation

-Powering & propulsion - all-electric and hybrid-electric propulsion, system layout, fuel saving

-Construction, machinery & equipment - materials, techniques, quality control, products, power plant

-Equipment for transfer of personnel and cargo

By Jake Frith

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