North Sea offshore wind vessels decarbonisation roadmap to be developed ahead of COP26

18 December 2020 - Published by Stig Marthinsen

The UK government has chosen Periscope partner, the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, together with the Workboat Association (WA), to develop a Technology Roadmap, outlining a route to the decarbonisation of North Sea offshore wind operations and maintenance (O&M) vessels.

The roadmap will consider key areas such as vessels, ports, and alternative fuels. The Department for Transport (DfT) and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) are funding this research and an accompanying industry engagement programme – both in the UK and Europe – ahead of the UK Government hosting COP26, due to take place in November 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland.

As part of this engagement, ORE Catapult and the WA will undertake one-to-one interviews and focus groups with a wide range of stakeholders, including: wind farm and port operators; vessel designers, operators and ship builders; electrical and alternative fuel producers, distribution and storage providers; maritime regulation, certification and market experts; as well as local, regional and national government departments and agencies.

The programme will inform the Roadmap, due in Spring next year. It will recommend a set of clear, evidence-based guidelines with an aim to inform industry, investors and policymakers on how to best decarbonise the sector.

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