To this point in 2023, over 100 vessels have arrived on the Port of Aberdeen on varied offshore wind associated assignments. The most recent in line was the Blue Tern jack-up set up vessel.
The Fred. Olsen Windcarrier vessel, which has an general size of 495 ft, a breadth of 164 ft and an 800-tonne crane, couldn’t be missed because it sailed into the brand new Aberdeen South Harbour.
“Offshore wind is our most important alternative for development over the subsequent decade. The sector presently accounts for 10 p.c of our general vessel visitors and with ScotWind, INTOG and different developments on the horizon, we count on that determine to extend considerably within the coming years,” Roddy James, Chief Business Officer, Port of Aberdeen, stated.
Port of Aberdeen’s strategic location, infrastructure and entry to an unrivalled provide chain has resulted within the port more and more being utilized for offshore wind tasks, the port’s assertion reads. A variety of vessels – together with giant cable layers, building, set up, survey, and repair operation vessels (SOVs) – engaged on wind farms corresponding to Seagreen, Moray East and Moray West at the moment are recurrently calling on the port, the assertion provides.
The port has supported wind developments for a few years, and its North Harbour is the operations and upkeep base for Aberdeen Offshore wind farm and Kincardine Offshore floating wind farm. The transformational South Harbour improvement affords 0.9 miles of deepwater berths (30 to 50 ft deep) and might accommodate ships as much as 984 ft in size. It additionally affords in depth heavy-lift zones, 30.8 acres of versatile laydown house on the quayside, expansive undertaking areas and is positioned adjoining to the Vitality Transition Zone, the port famous.
“Our GBP 400 million funding in Aberdeen South Harbour positions the expanded port, and wider north east provide chain, to play a pivotal function in Scotland’s subsequent technology of offshore wind. We’re partaking throughout trade and authorities to grasp what’s required from ports to assist these tasks and focus on how the expanded Port of Aberdeen can unlock worth throughout the offshore wind lifecycle,” James concluded.
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