2010/2011

Vessel Safety Inspections - Various Offshore Wind Clients

  • MV Volstad Viking, supply vessel
  • MV Gargano, drilling vessel
  • MV Goliath, installation vessel
  • MV Maria, transport vessel

As part of wind farm project mobilisation, vessel safety audits are conducted to ensure that all marine safety requirements are met. The audits focus on ensuring that windfarm clients personnel, have access to a safe and effective working environment when onboard and that WTG components can be transported safely.

Inspections were carried out during 2010 and 2011 at various port locations in Germany, UK and Netherlands. An extensive checklist was utilised as the basis for the audit and involved physical checks of safety arrangements supplemented by discussions and input from the vessel master and his crew.

Due to the demanding requirements of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), in most cases only minor issues are identified. However, the inspections are important to ensure that a continuous focus on safety is maintained from the outset of the project, provide re-assurance to client personnel that their safety has been duly considered and of course are part of a formal due diligence process for the overall project. Typically, the vessel inspections are completed over 1-2 days, dependant on the size of vessel.

Survey vessel mobilising for offshore works
Survey vessel mobilising for offshore works
Blade delivery into Harland & Wolff shipyard
Blade delivery into Harland & Wolff shipyard
Support vessel
Support vessel