Offshore wind ports increasing industry efficiency
Offshore wind ports are reducing industry costs and increasing efficiency according to a European industry association.
Speaking to members of the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) last month, WindEurope CEO, Giles Dickson, said wind ports were helping aid industry development.
To help facilitate further progress, Mr Dickson explained, WindEurope has created a Wind Ports Platform aimed at improving communication between ports and industry, enhancing cooperation and supporting better integration and development of the supply chain.
Dickson pointed out that the sector is expected to grow from 14 GW at the end of June 2017 to 25 GW in 2020 and that offshore wind ports are key to the development of both floating and bottom fixed offshore wind.
He added that for infrastructure investments to take place, offshore wind ports need clear commitments from governments on a steady pipeline of projects for the post-2020 period.
Ports are becoming the focal point in local and regional development, he explained. This is because they offer testing facilities, training centres and host warehouses, as well as offices and operation centres for manufacturers, developers and the supply chain.
However, he stressed that ports need to continuously adapt their infrastructure to accommodate for ever larger components, bigger vessels and increased activity.
Dickson stressed the fact that early involvement of ports in the planning phase of projects should take priority for the entire offshore wind industry.
It would ensure that the industry profits from the best value that ports can bring, allowing them to finance infrastructure and become strategic partners in delivering increased value to customers, governments and society, he said.