New ISO standard for ports and marine operations

Monday, 22 June, 2015 - 11:15

With their structures based at sea, building offshore wind farms poses a number of challenges. A new ISO standard for ports and marine operations for offshore wind energy structures wants to significantly reduce those challenges.

The new ISO 29400:2015, Ships and marine technology – Offshore wind energy – Port and marine operations provides comprehensive requirements and guidance for the planning and engineering of port and marine operations, encompassing all related documents and works necessary for the installation and maintenance of offshore wind farms. This includes the design and analysis of the components, systems, equipment and procedures required to perform port and marine operations, as well as the methods or procedures developed to carry them out safely.

ISO 29400:2015 is applicable to port and marine operations for offshore structures including foundations made from steel and concrete gravity base structures, piled steel foundation structures, subsea templates and similar structures applied for pre-piling of foundations, steel towers, nacelles and blades forming part of the wind turbine generators, mobile offshore units like jack-up vessel/self-elevating offshore unit topsides and components of any of the above for offshore substations or offshore accommodations platforms, and array cables within the wind farms as well as export cables connecting the wind farm to the grid. It is not applicable to the case of floating turbines moored to the seabed.

The standard is the lead of a series of six standards, developed by ISO technical committee ISO/TC 8, ships and marine technology, whose secretariat is held by SAC, ISO’s member in China. It is aimed at achieving a high level of reliability in the planning and execution of components and systems involved in the support and operations of offshore wind energy. ISO 29400:2015 presumes compliance with international, national and local rules and regulations. It does not replace the applicable rules and regulations.

Captain Charles H. Piersall, Chairman of ISO/TC 8 and a retired US naval officer with nearly 60 years of distinguished maritime career, 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.”

Katharina Garus

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