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As offshore construction and maintenance projects move further out to sea, crew and personnel transfer times lengthen. This not only presents a requirement for innovative transfer vessels, but also the need for medical care to be available in situ in the event of an emergency.
One of SSI Energy’s HSE Offshore Medics, who are often trained technicians working as part of a maintenance team, is now permanently based on the Bibby Wavemaster 1 vessel, supporting the works on the Galloper offshore wind farm in the UK.
The effects and causes of fatigue that offshore wind crews experience are not fully understood within the sector, however, sharing health and safety (HSE) lessons can ultimately make the industry stronger, Kerrie Forster, Chairman of the UK National Workboat Association (NWA) Safety Forum and Operations Coordinator at Acta Marine, said in an interview with Offshore WIND.
Airbus Helicopters views the support for wind farms as a business segment that is undergoing global growth and expects demand for up to a thousand helicopters over the coming two decades, corresponding to revenues of approximately EUR 9 billion.
German transmission system operator 50Hertz Transmission GmbH and three offshore wind operators are seeking a helicopter to rescue injured persons working on offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea, including aeronautical and medical crew.