UK: Exercise Simulated Vessel Capsizing on Walney Offshore Wind Farms

Safety is a major priority on the Walney Offshore Windfarms, and in order to train the safety procedures, a number of exercises have been held.

During the latest exercise, the scenario was capsizing of a large vessel resulting in 31 ‘staff’ members overboard to be rescued and given first aid on the participating crew boats. All 31 were quickly rescued, and the exercise is now being evaluated.

 The Walney Offshore Windfarm

The Walney Offshore Windfarm project is located approximately 15km west of Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria. The project consists of Walney 1 and Walney 2 each with 51 – 3.6MW turbines, giving a total capacity of the Walney project of 367.2MW. The rotor diameter of the turbines is 107m for Walney 1 and 120m for Walney 2, with a maximum height of 150m from blade tip to sea level. The total area of the development is some 73km2.

Source: DongEnergy, September 21, 2011.