Are vessel shortages slowing the offshore wind industry?

By Paul Dvorak Dr. Magdalena Kurkowska
The offshore wind industry is heavily reliant on vessels, both for construction and maintenance. For a number of years, the sector has been suffering from the shortage of installation and maintenance vessels. Is there any change on the horizon? Can vessel sharing schemes change the situation for better? Finally, is the current vessel technology keeping up with the changing industry needs?
To make the shortage worse, existing wind turbine installation vessels are not fit for their assigned purpose.
There are not enough jack-ups and heavy lift vessels on the market. This shortage has proven to cause delays in construction

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