Low-carbon installation vessel to be financed for floating offshore wind

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The UK Government has provided funding to a consortium led by Morek Engineering to develop an innovative class of low-carbon installation vessel aimed at the floating offshore wind market.

This consortium, made up of Morek Engineering, Sollis Marine Engineering, Tope Ocean, First Marine Solutions and Celtic Sea Power, secured funding through the UK Government’s Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition. The frame ship design will be ready for approval by classification societies in early 2025.

Low-carbon installation vessel: the first of its kind

It is a state- of-the-art, low-carbon vessel , specifically designed to meet the demanding requirements for installing moorings and foundations in offshore floating wind farms. The project aims to precisely align the detailed requirements of the emerging floating wind sector with the maritime decarbonisation targets set by the UK.

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The implementation of marine energy requires an economically viable solution that offers series installation of large moorings and floating foundation systems, while minimizing carbon emissions during the construction and maintenance of next-generation wind farms. Bob Colclough, Managing Director of Morek Engineering, said: ” We will proactively address the challenge by developing the next generation of vessels for the construction of offshore wind farms .”

For his part, Ian Godfrey, Managing Director of Tope Ocean, noted that the project involves an exhaustive feasibility study into the requirements of the developing global floating wind sector, with the aim of designing a new class of low-carbon installation vessels. . Godfrey added that the new vessel will be designed to perform high-energy construction tasks within the constraints of future low- and zero-carbon fuel systems.

The latest phase of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition is part of the UK Department of Transport’s Emissions Reduction Office’s UK SHORE programme. This initiative, valued at $260 million (£206 million), aims to drive the development of technologies needed to achieve decarbonisation of the UK maritime sector.

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Source: morek.co.uk

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