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Classification of wind turbine installation vessels

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PRE-CLASS SERVICES FOR NEW CONCEPTS: In the current drive to develop offshore wind parks. The planned mode of operation will determine which class rules to use and which certificates are required by flag states. 2 WIND TURBIN © MPI Offshore . Typical installation vessels are self-elevating crane units with three. more than 220 mobile offshore units and 5. DNV has established a global network of resources and service centres to accommodate the needs of its customers. with each local office having special knowledge of the business in the region. four or six legs and floating monohulls or submersible-type designs. which identifies that the vessel is purpose-built for this industry. By combining this with other class notations. As the fleet is spread around the world. Today. DNV uses offshore or maritime rules to classify the vessels. DNV can draw on its broad experience to help clarify the needs of each project.DNV OFFSHORE CLASSIFICATION ver since it was established in 1864. either by transporting wind power equipment from land and installing it at the site without support from other vessels or by more stationary operations at the site with the assistance of additional feeder and/or support vessels. various vessel designs have been suggested for the cost-efficient installation of wind turbine equipment. DNV has been recognised as a leading classification society for the commercial shipping industry and over the past four decades it has expanded into the oil & gas industry through classification and verification of mobile offshore units and fixed offshore installations. depending on the way in which the vessels are planned to operate. DNV is combining its expertise in certifying onshore wind turbines with best practices and rules for offshore and maritime classification.500 ships are classified by DNV. the vessels may be prepared for various services within both the renewable energy and offshore markets. its conditions and governing regulations. New installation vessels that are designed and built in accordance with DNV’s rules for wind turbine installation units may be given the service notation “Wind Turbine Installation Unit”. E MOVING INTO THE OFFSHORE RENEWABLE ENERGY MARKET For the rapidly expanding offshore wind energy market.

© DNV WIND TURBIN 3 . The completed MSA by DNV is considered sufficient for ordering most of the steel material for the new build. ■ Limited transportation conditions to avoid damage to the equipment during transportation to the installation site. stiffener and girder dimensions and grade of material. ■ Main Scantling Approval (MSA): Approval of main scantling drawings with respect to nominal plate thickness. The AiP is normally carried out at an early stage in the project development and represents a first check against DNV Offshore Standards and flag state requirements. ■ DNV offers the following early phase consultancy and verification services to the industry: Approval in Principle (AiP): A review of the design basis and general arrangement drawings covering machinery systems. DNV CLASSIFICATION SERVICES FOR NEW BUILD VESSELS: DNV’s classification services for Wind Turbine Installation Units take a risk-based approach to defining the right level of review and inspection involvement during the design and construction phase. supported by independent analyses of global and local strength to verify the designer’s calculations. Frequent vessel moves and jacking operations due to continuous repeated installations. safety principles and simplified structural strength calculations with the purpose of evaluating whether the concepts meet the overall safety and structural strength requirements. such as: ■ Limited operating conditions to avoid damage to the equipment during lifting and installation. To ensure that new designs are built to meet the primary operational and design challenges in accordance with classification rules and flag state requirements. The verification work thus focuses on design and production aspects that are known to be critical to the vessel’s overall safety. The basic requirements and further rule references are given in DNV-OSS-101 Rules for the Classification of Offshore Drilling and Support Units.© DNV SERVICE NOTATION “WIND TURBINE INSTALLATION UNIT” DNV has developed specific technical requirements for Wind Turbine Installation vessels that take into consideration these vessels’ specific design and operational aspects. ■ ■ Approval of Basic Design Package Approval of the Basic Design Package by combining the MSA and the AiP is considered a good starting point for the owner and yard to agree on the detailed design and the new building contract for the vessel. thus giving the owner/designer the maximum benefit of the classification work.

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