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Maritime UK Launches Offshore Wind Plan

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on

This is the sub-heading.

Maritime UK has unveiled its Offshore Wind Plan which makes a series of recommendations for how the maritime sector, the offshore wind sector, and governments can work together to maximise growth

These are the first three paragraphs and they outline the plan.

The plan outlines how the growth of offshore wind can provide opportunities across the maritime supply chain in sectors like ports, shipbuilding, crewing, and professional services.

Opportunities identified in the Offshore Wind Plan include building vessels in the UK to support developments and further growing UK ports as centres for manufacturing and assembly for offshore developments

Key recommendations and proposals within the plan include: creating quality career pathways for young people; rewarding higher UK supply chain content in offshore wind projects; reforming the planning system to enable green projects to be delivered quicker; and encouraging lenders and investors to finance infrastructure and vessels


  1. Maritime UK have a web site.
  2. The report seems to be comprehensive.
  3. The report predicts hundreds of ships to build and service wind farms will be needed.

Overall, Maritime UK feel that the maritime sector has a lot to gain from co-operation with the offshore wind sector.

Improved Service Operation Vessels (SOVs)

I don’t see why the large number of Service Operation Vessels (SOVs) needed to serve all the wind farms around our shores, can’t be designed and substantially built in the UK.

In the 1970s, one of Metier Management Systems’ customers for Artemis were the shipbuilders; Austin & Pickersgill, who at the time were building a cargo ship called the SD14, which had been designed to replace the American Liberty ships.

In total 211 SD14s were built in the UK, Greece, Brazil and Argentina.

SD14 stands for Shelter Deck – 14,000 tonnes.

We surely have the technology from companies like BAe Systems, Rolls-Royce and others to design an advanced Service Operation Vessel.

March 8, 2023 - Posted by | Design, Energy | , , , , , , ,

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