G+ Global Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation has launched its latest offshore wind farm transfer good practice guideline. This guidance addresses transfers in offshore wind farms globally and puts forward a consensus approach, taking account of existing and emerging industry good practice. The goal is to provide consistency and good practice and allow operators and vessel owners to produce or to verify their transfer procedure up against a set of industry standard guidelines.

Download G+ Offshore wind farm transfer good practice guidelines

This guidance covers:

  • 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.

The document was developed with G+ members and associates, industry stakeholders , international organisations and draws inputs from the G+ Good practice guideline – Working at height in the offshore wind industry, a report commissioned by Ørsted and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) entitled A review of the mandated use of immersion/dry suits and a study that RWE (formerly E.ON) commissioned Professor Mike Tipton to produce entitled A consideration of the use of immersion suits in E.ON’s offshore wind farms. Following public consultation, further development work, and approval from the G+ Focal Group, the document was published in July 2020..

As with all G+ good practice guidelines, the transfer document is being translated to French, German, Mandarin and Japanese.