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DNV has launched a revision to the rules for wind farm service vessels (WFSV) to improve the safety of these specialised vessels which are undertaking multiple roles further and further offshore. In particular the DNV work on developing this new standard offers the following benefit for the industry:
  1. Rule requirements for equipment certification have been clarified reducing the build cost
  2. Key lessons from in-service inspections have been fed back into the rule development, for example added requirements to reduce cracking caused by the increased vibration in the aft end of the vessel when pushing up against turbines.
  3. It provides an enhanced safety standard which local authorities and domestic associations can use as a benchmark thereby contributing further towards improved safety for the industry.
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