Cargo ship crashes into North Sea wind turbine

Petra L

Investigators remain tight-lipped over a cargo ship crashing into an Ørsted offshore wind turbine last week.

Wind farms are deliberately positioned off major shipping routes but this is bound to raise concerns in an industry that is ramping up installations around the globe, and while this incident is reported to the first in German waters - could it be the first of many?

“One could say that the larger the wind farms grow, the less space is left for navigation,” the director of the Federal Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation in Germany told Maritime Journal. “Furthermore, the traffic of offshore supply vessels will increase as well. More traffic and less space may lead to a greater risk. Time will tell.”

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