Offshore Wind

The design of marine structures involves the trade-off of a variety of factors that are influenced by operational and environmental factors.

Ice conditions, low ambient air temperature, remoteness, and shallow water will all influence to the functionality of structures. In addition, safe and economic maintenance of the structure must be considered.
Non-ice-classed vessels have limited access to perform their duties in cold environment, depending on the duration of ice season. This may interrupt the construction of wind farms. In addition, non-ice-classed vessels cannot operate during ice season.

Ice classed vessels are capable to perform their duties also in ice conditions. Therefore, the service operations can be done year-round, and wind farm construction season can be extended providing flexibility for construction and possibility to reduce costs.

Aker Arctic offers services for cold environment offshore wind farms:

1. Offshore Wind Tower Foundations

Definition of ice conditions in the area

Concept screening and feasibility studies, including:

  • ice load definitions
  • risk identification
  • comparison and rating of different foundation concepts

Testing and optimization of foundation concepts in Aker Arctic’s ice tank

2. Analysis of installation, logistics and service for the offshore wind parks

  • Definition of ice conditions in the route
  • Definition of ship design requirements
  • Comparison and rating of different vessel solutions
  • Definition of logistics scenarios for installation vessels

3. Design of special purpose vessels


Download Aker Arctic Wind Farm flyer


Publications in Arctic Passion News magazine:

Service vessel for wind farms in ice areas (March 2024)
Offshore wind farms need robust foundations (March 2024)
Evaluating ice loads on windmill monopiles (December 2023)
Offshore wind farms tailored for winter (January 2023)

Do you have questions about this service? Contact us.