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Palfinger August 2022

European Boat Design Innovation Group - Wind Farm Support Vessels (EBDIG-WFSV)

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Recent research has indicated that current wind farm support vessels will not be appropriate for accessing far shore wind farms. In order to improve operability of WFSV accessing the far shore wind farms, mothership vessels will be required. Interior design principles applied to vessel accommodation will help to reduce the adverse effects of shift work, through creating a low stress appealing living environment. Human Factor Integration (well established in the defence sector) in the design of the bridge will reduces cognitive workload and hence reduce the risk of human error, the most significant cause of marine accidents.


Extrapolating the European Wind Energy Association's (EWEA) growth scenario for the period up till 2030 employment in the installation, operation and maintenance, of offshore wind farms is expected to produce skilled employment of 851,400 and requires specialist marine vessels.


To provide innovative professional development training and networking to commercial marine industry employees (Naval Architects, project managers) by transferring embedded practices within interior design and the leisure marine industry (superyachts) which will enable the European commercial marine sector to understand and exploit growing design opportunities in the wind farm support vessel sector to produce more appealing working conditions for this new and growing sector to help recruit new staff and reduce the risk of human error.


To use an e-learning platform (video conference, moodle etc) to transfer innovation from the interior design and leisure marine industry ito Wind Farm Support Vessels (WFSV Design; WFSV mothership design; Human Factors Integration (HFI) via 3 courses and a networking framework.

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