New Standard for Offshore Wind Power Operators Comes into Force



In July 2020, a consensus-based voluntary standard of the International Organization for Standardization ISO 29400:2020 Ships and marine technology — Offshore wind energy — Port and marine operations came into effect.

This document provides comprehensive requirements and guidance for the planning and engineering of port and marine operations of offshore wind farms, encompassing all documents and works related to such operations, e.g. the design and analysis of the components, systems, equipment and procedures required to perform port and marine operations, as well as the methods or procedures developed to carry them out safely.

This document was developed to provide comprehensive requirements and guidance for the planning, engineering and safe execution of port and marine operations for all types of offshore wind farm components including cable-laying and burial operations and installation and operation of floating turbines moored to the seabed.

Marine operations for offshore wind farm structures cover loadout from the quayside, offshore transportation and installation phases when the structure is at risk from the marine environment including any marine logistics during offshore commissioning works, operation and maintenance, component exchange, repair operations and decommissioning or redeployment.

The standard is recommended to be used in conjunction with ISO 9089:2019 Marine structures. Mobile offshore units. Mooring positioning windlasses and winches.

It is expected that the new standard will provide the necessary tools for specialists engaged in both design of offshore wind farms and works on commissioning of offshore wind farms and maintenance of existing generation capacities.

Promotion of the document will contribute to the achievement of a number of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as Goal 14 Life Below Water and Goal 13 Climate action.