G9 publishes report on marine transfer design issues

Monday, 24 August, 2015 - 10:00

A report resulting from the G9 Offshore Wind Health and Safety Association’s first Safe by Design workshop is now available. The report explores a number of key topics associated with the transfer of personnel from a Crew Transfer Vessel to a transition piece.

With the G9 established as a recognised authority on offshore wind Health and Safety issues, in 2014, the Crown Estate asked the G9 to take over the running and delivery of the Safe by Design workshops. Frank Monaghan, Health and Safety Director at ScottishPower Renewables, says: “The Safe by Design workshops are intended as a catalyst for attendees to network on Health and Safety improvements and develop local and industry Health and Safety initiatives. This first report is an important milestone for the G9 and is the beginning of the journey in terms of building the G9 portfolio of Safe by Design reports. By providing a forum for developers, operators, OEMs, service providers and academia to focus on offshore wind farm design phase issues, we can investigate new technologies and innovations to improve health and safety performance and also drive responsible cost reduction in the industry.”

The G9 Safe by Design workshop covered the traditional push on methods, including design of the transfer connector, new designs in access systems and boat landing design. As with this workshop, future G9 Safe by Design workshops will examine the current design controls relating to a current industry issue, discuss where current design has potentially failed, identify opportunities for improvement and then seek to demonstrate the risk reduction to be gained from these. The outputs from these workshops will be made freely available on the G9 website to be used as a reference by the industry.

Katharina Garus

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