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DECARBONISING MARITIME OPERATIONS IN NORTH SEA OFFSHORE WIND O&M

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World Hydrogen Leader Charley Rattan Associates

UK based offshore wind & hydrogen corporate advisor and trainer; Faculty member World Hydrogen Leaders. Delivering global hydrogen and offshore wind corporate investment advice, business...

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During the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) phase of an offshore wind farm’s lifecycle (typically estimated at 25-30 years), wind farm operators rely on extensive marine logistics between shore and the wind farm. The majority of vessels using Marine Gas Oil (MGO) and currently responsible for an estimated 284 kt CO2e/ year. Engagement with wind farm owner operators suggests that there is a desire to reduce emissions associated with the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) of offshore wind through the adoption of clean maritime innovations. The offshore wind industry has the potential to act as a ‘springboard’ industry, providing early adoption of technologies and market models that can assist a broader maritime decarbonisation. Recognising this potential the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) commissioned ORE Catapult in partnership with the Workboat Association to develop a comprehensive Innovation Roadmap detailing how to decarbonise offshore wind vessels, with a particular focus on the North Sea.

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