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Cargo ship collides with wind turbine at Orsted's offshore wind farm
By Sea and Coast | 27/04/2023
A cargo ship carrying 1,500 tons of grain has suffered severe damage after reportedly colliding with a wind turbine at Orsted's Gode Wind 1 offshore wind farm. The Petra L., built-in 1984 and flying the Antigua flag, arrived in Emden, Germany with a massive 5x3 meter hole on its starboard side, with reports of water ingress. Fortunately, no casualties were reported in the incident.
The Danish offshore energy company, Orsted, confirmed the incident and stated that the wind turbine involved in the collision had been taken out of operation for further investigation. The Gode Wind 1 offshore wind farm, located approximately 45 kilometers from the coast and 33 km off the islands of Juist and Norderney, has a total of 55 wind turbines installed, each with a rotor diameter of 154 meters.
The cause of the collision is still under investigation by local authorities, including whether any safety protocols were breached. The crew of the Petra L. has been interviewed as part of the investigation, and further details are expected to emerge in the coming days.
While this is the first incident of its kind involving a cargo ship and a wind farm, it serves as a stark reminder of the potential risks involved in shipping and the importance of maintaining strict safety protocols to prevent accidents. As renewable energy sources, such as wind farms, continue to grow in popularity, it is crucial to ensure that adequate measures are in place to protect both the environment and those working in the industry.
The incident also highlights the importance of conducting regular maintenance checks on wind turbines to ensure their structural integrity and prevent accidents. It is a fortunate coincidence that no one was injured in this incident, but it should serve as a wake-up call for the industry to take a proactive approach to safety and risk management.