United Kingdom: consortium designs tomorrow’s floating wind turbine installation vessels

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This consortium, supported by a British government program, brings together the companies Morek Engineering, Solis Marine Engineering, Tope Ocean, First Marine Solutions and Celtic Sea Power.
The UK has awarded funding to a consortium led by Morek Engineering to design a new class of low-carbon vessels for the floating wind market. They will be specially designed to install the anchors and floats of wind turbines. The overall design of the vessel is expected to receive approval in principle from a classification society within approximately a year.

The goal of the project is to minimize emissions while achieving the standards necessary to mass install floating wind turbines at the best cost. Morek Engineering points out that the wind turbines will have to be anchored at great depths, in areas with stronger winds than today, and that they will be immense. To achieve this, the consortium will conduct a detailed study on the sector’s requirements. The ships will have to carry out complex and varied operations. Indeed, wind projects will certainly use different anchoring and foundation technologies.

The consortium brings together Morek Engineering, Solis Marine Engineering, Tope Ocean, First Marine Solutions and Celtic Sea Power. This project is part of the “Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition Round 4”. It is funded by the UK Department for Transport and produced by Innovate UK. The United Kingdom aims to increase from 14 GW of offshore wind capacity to 50 GW by 2050. The year in which it aims to achieve carbon neutrality.

This article is originally published on meretmarine.com

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