Good practice guideline - Offshore wind farm transfer

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  • Published: July 2020
  • REF/ISBN: 9781787252028
  • Edition: 1st
  • Status: Current

This guidance provides a framework of how to execute a safe transfer in an offshore wind farm in order to provide consistency and good practice regarding transfer across the wind industry and to allow operators and vessel owners to produce or to verify their transfer procedure up against a set of industry standard guidelines. It addresses people transfer in an offshore wind farm globally and puts forward a consensus approach, taking account of existing and emerging industry good practice.

This guidance considers:

  • transfer from vessel to offshore structure;
  • transfer between vessels;
  • transfer using walk to work (W2W) gangways;
  • protection against falling, including the use of self-retractable lifeline (SRL);
  • personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements, and
  • protection against drowning, including a risk-based approach to the use of immersion suit.

All alternative transfer procedures, such as sliding access, Pict Offshore – The Get Up Safe system, double hooking or helicopter transfer are out of the scope of this document.

This document is intended to work alongside the G+ Good practice guideline – Working at height in the offshore wind industry and Good practice guideline – The safe management of small service vessels used in the offshore wind industry.

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