Chapter Seventeen

Repairing Offshore Wind Farms

The operation and maintenance (O&M) strategy is normally not combined with the repair plans for offshore wind farms. This is because the approach to the two types of work is different. The O&M of offshore wind farms generally requires a small- to medium-sized vessel without large lifting and loading capacities. This vessel is used to bring crews out to the turbines and get them safely on and off again when servicing has been complete.

An offshore turbine repair is generally called for when a major component—a blade, generator, gearbox, and so forth—must be replaced or repaired. For this type of repair you need a large vessel with the capability to stand firmly on the seabed for a long duration—12-24 h ...

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