An assessment of vessel characteristics for the installation of offshore wind farms

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Offshore wind farms are moving further offshore and increasing in size, which brings new challenges in identifying efficient installation scenarios. Uncertain weather conditions give rise to uncertainties in the expected duration and cost of any installation operation. This paper investigates the impact of key vessel characteristics in the installation of an offshore wind farm. A simulation tool is employed which combines a model of the installation with a weather model and enables realistic assessments of installation durations to be realised. This tool is applied to investigate the impact of key installation vessel characteristics on the duration of the installation. Vessel characteristics that can be expected to have a substantial impact on the installation duration are identified, and this information could enable decision makers to make substantial savings in the OWF installation.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2014
EventICMT 2014 - University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Jul 20149 Jul 2014


ConferenceICMT 2014
Abbreviated titleICMT 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • offshore wind farm
  • logistical simulation
  • vessel characteristics


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