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Design & Operation of Offshore Wind Farm Support Vessels 2014


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29- 30 January 2014, London, UK

If you are interested in attending a Wind Farm Vessels conference, we are holding another conference in 2016. Please click here for more details.

Offshore wind turbines are becoming an important resource of renewable Picture Credit: Siemens - Offshore wind farmenergy, and large scale investment is creating extensive wind farms off the coast of many coastal European Countries. This has led to the need for specialised vessels for both install and service the turbines.

In order to help reduce maintenance cost the operators need to develop technologies that allow access and repairs to the wind turbines in worse weather conditions than currently possible, significantly reduce travel times, downtime and thus cost. The importance of transferring equipment and manpower to the wind farms safely and efficiently has led to a number of advancements in the sector. In particular, higher operating speeds have come to be the norm. However, this specialisation has led to the debate on the application of existing IMO instruments on their operation, and whether more specific regulation may be necessary.  This is extremely important when applied to establishing maximum operational environment of both the crew and offshore wind farm maintenance personnel.

Conference Content 

To further investigate these specialised vessels Royal Institution of Naval Offshore Wind farm VesselArchitects (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.


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Full Programme list here.

A list of some of the papers presented at the conference:

  • Development of Rules for Classification of Windfarm Service Craft, Mårten Schei-Nilsson, DNV Oslo, NORWAY, Thomas Grafton, DNV Pusan, KOREA
  • Human Systems Integration Requirements for Wind Farm Support Vessel Design and Operation, Dr Trevor Dobbins, STResearch & FRC International, UK, Jon Hill, Trident Marine & FRC International, UK, Tyler Brand, StrongWake, CANADA
  • Performance Evaluation Of Service Vessels And Access Systems For Offshore Wind, Breanne Gellatly, Carbon Trust, UK, Simon Mockler, DNV-Kema, NORWAY
  • Design-Driven Innovation: Mothership Concepts For Accessing The Far Shore Wind Farms, S McCartan and  B Verheijden, EBDIG-IRC, Coventry University, UK
  • Modelling Of Support Systems For Offshore Wind Farms, Ema Muc-Pavic , Anne Salha, Rachel Pawling, UCL, UK
  • Performance Evaluation Of Wind Farm Support Vessels, S.Phillips, IB.Shin, C.Armstrong and D.Kyle-Spearman, Seaspeed Marine Consulting Ltd, UK
  • Physical And Numerical Analysis Of A Concept Offshore Wind Farm Service Vessel Hull Design, Matthew Shanley, University College Cork, IRELAND
  • XSS ­ A Next Generation Windfarm Support Vessel, R. Sime & E. Dudson, BMT Nigel Gee, UK
  • On the Functional Design of an Offshore Wind Maintenance Support Vessel, Jorinus Kalis, Deniz de Koningh, Marc de Roo, Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, NETHERLANDS


Additional coppies of the conference papers or CD-ROM will also be available for sale ( members £110 and non-members £130) after the event. If you would like to order a copy , contact Billy Allen, Bookshop Assistant on +44 (0)20 7235 4622 or via e-mail at 



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