ABS granted Approval in Principal (AIP) to Neptun Ship Design for its Wind Turbine Transport Vessel design, the first to support transporting parts for turbines greater than 9 Mega Watts (MW).
ABS monitors the worldwide offshore support vessel (OSV) industry to better anticipate emerging technologies and operating environments. As the leading provider of classification services to the global offshore industry, ABS is in a unique position to support the new vessels serving the evolving fixed and floating offshore windfarm turbine market.
New wind farm development is driving the need for support vessel innovation: flexible service operation vessels (SOV) can be adapted to transport crews, serve as their offshore quarters, workshop, and as a mobile warehouse for supplies, equipment, and tools.
Due to ever-increasing environmental regulations, owners of wind farm support vessels also need to consider alternative fuel types such as hybrid battery power or LNG. Regardless of a vessel’s design or its fuel, ABS can provide classification services for a range of wind farm vessels that will help them meet cabotage rules and safety requirements for initial certification and operational compliance. These vessels include: