The Danish Maritime Authority has hosted two workshops with experts from the offshore wind industry, which has resulted in a new report based on analysis made for vessels-carrying turbine technicians. The normal operations of this vessel type have resulted in a risk scenario considerably different from that of both ordinary cargo ships and passenger ships.
“The safety analysis shows that there is good reason to focus on safety on board these vessels and it provides important insights into these special ship operations,” said Director Per Sønderstrup from the Danish Maritime Authority.
“We will use the report to harmonize the safety standards of vessels carrying wind-turbine technicians,” he added.
The safety analysis was made as a follow-up on the report that the Danish Maritime Authority published in January 2016. Major risks were considered related to:
- Hull and accommodation integrity
- Incorrect handling and storage of dangerous goods
- Unsuccessful evacuation and rescue.
This report identified the regulations and industry standards applicable to maritime operations in the Danish, British, German, and Netherland offshore wind sector. The safety analysis can be used by the offshore wind industry, shipowners, naval architects, shipyards and the Danish Maritime Authority as such.
The Danish Maritime Authority will continue its work in the IMO drafting a common international safety standard for the carriage of offshore technicians.
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