Worldwide opportunities in Offshore Wind

The rapid development of offshore wind farms around the world opens new opportunities for companies and vessels normally engaged in the offshore oil & gas industry:

China is the next big market as there are more wind farms under construction and planning then anywhere else in the world:

NZ may be the next to receive offshore windmills in it’s waters:

Floating windmills in deeper and o\more windy areas in the south to follow?

Cross over from offshore oil & gas to offshore wind industry is happening worldwide:

Opportunities abound for those who have the skills and the will to try their hands at something new and with a future.

The Russians are preparing for the opportunities that is opening in the worldwide offshore wind market:

Maybe not best to be first in new tech (you will get cloned and copied), but last is much worse.

What skill sets make boat personnel more valuable for wind?

Depends on what department you belong to.
For Engine room personnel it would be qualifications and experience from diesel/electric and hybrid propulsion, since most of the wind support vessels, now and in the near future, is/will be of that type.

For bridge (Wheelhouse) personnel DP certification and experience is required. (Most SOVs are DPII or III)

For Deck crew it would be to have some additional qualifications to AB, like Crane Operator, Rigging and Slinging Certificate, FRC and/or HLO Certificate etc.

But for ALL and most of all, the ability to adjust to a different type of work environment and willingness and ability to learn as the jobs and technology change over time.

China is fairly new to Offshore Wind, but they are getting ready for a rapid development, domestically and around the world.

The first Wind Farm Installation vessel to be Chinese built for Chinese owners has been ordered: