The offshore travel sector has seen a change of dynamic in recent years as the growth in offshore wind development continues apace – and is diversifying. Significantly there has been an increase in the number of floating wind projects emerging worldwide. Today all offshore wind installations are fixed to the floor of the ocean, but in the coming decades, there will be an increase in floating wind capacity. Floating wind has the potential to compliment bottom-fixed installations by enabling competitiveness in deepwater areas and differing areas of the world.
The floating foundations that provide the base for floating offshore wind turbines represent a complex challenge, but this is now in an advanced stage of development with at least one example operational. ‘TetraSpar’ dubbed ‘the world’s first fully industrialised floating offshore wind foundation’ is now in operation off the coast of Norway where it is connected to Norway’s grid.
Europe – and specifically the UK - has the largest offshore wind capacity worldwide, almost all of which is supplied by conventional offshore wind farms, mostly sited in the relatively shallower waters of the North Sea. Asia is providing an increasing share of offshore generation with North America some way behind - but planning significant growth for wind power in the near future as we are seeing through the activity of some of our clients in this sector. The Biden administration in the USA approved the construction of what is only America’s second large scale windfarm late in November - but much more is planned, mainly along the Atlantic seaboard, but also off California, Hawaii and in the Gulf of Mexico. With the practical development of floating wind foundations, this global expansion of capacity will expand into deeper seas.
The wind energy and renewables sectors also qualify for - and benefit from - the same specialist airfares and services provided for the broader Marine and Offshore sector. Specialist Marine Travel Management companies such as Good Travel Management provide employees and technicians assigned permanently or temporarily to windfarms – operational or under construction anywhere in the world - with specialist fares and services. These offer greater flexibility, an increased baggage allowance and dedicated service support.
If your organisation is active in this sector but are not already taking advantage of the benefits available to you why not speak to the team here at Good Travel Management:
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