PIANC report about “Interaction Between Offshore Wind Farms and Maritime Navigation” already published

Siport21 has participated in the elaboration of report “Interaction Between Offshore Wind Farms and Maritime Navigation”, published by PIANC (International Navigation Association) recently.

This report provides an approach, guidelines and recommendations to assess the required manoeuvring space for ships in the vicinity of offshore wind farms (OWF) and the minimum recommended distance between shipping lanes and sea areas for OWF in order to ensure a minimal risk to navigation.

The issue provides references to international conventions and regulations; provides guidelines to define an appropriate safe distance to navigation for different situations; describes the electromagnetic radiation effect on radio navigation and radio communication systems; indicates mitigating measures to be taken into account for the safe navigation of shipping; and covers emergency situations that may occurred within or close to an OWF.

This report is intended as a guide for the Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) of any Coastal State covering the identification of wind farm areas and the design, planning, construction, operation and dismantling of a wind farm. This means to improve the relation between the different activities developed in the maritime space: fishing, leisure navigation and commercial navigation, oil and gas exploitation, etc.

World experts on risk assessment, maritime traffic, ship behavior, offshore platforms, etc. have worked in this report, also involving a specialist from Siport21.

Nowadays Siport21 is part of other PIANC Working Groups: “Design Guidelines for Inland Waterways”, “Ship Handling Simulation Dedicated to Channel and Harbour Design”, “Berthing Velocities and Fender Design”, “Mooring of Large Ships at Quay Walls” and “Development of a Proposal of Inland Waterway Classification for South America”.

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