Monday 22 June 2015

New standards for offshore windfarm ports

New standards for offshore windfarm ports

Ports servicing offshore windfarms will now have to meet strict international standards.

The new rules, by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), will help with the development and improvement of safety and accessibility on site.

It is hoped this will prevent problems during the construction period of wind farm projects.

The new ISO number 29400 will provide requirements and guidance for the planning, engineering, installation and maintenance.

This includes the design and analysis of the components, systems, equipment and procedures which are required to perform port and marine operations.

Mr Charles H. Piersall, Chairman of ISO, said: “The objective of these standards is to ensure port and marine operations are carried out within defined safety and reliability levels, no matter where they are in the world, providing confidence but not hindering innovation.”

Offshore windfarms have the ability to meet Europe’s energy requirements seven times over, according to the Global Wind Energy Council.

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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