Annual rescue drill completed at WindFloat Atlantic floating offshore wind farm with the Portuguese Maritime Authorities

29 May 2023

Annual rescue drill

A security drill was performed at the WindFloat Atlantic floating offshore wind farm, the world’s first semi-submersible floating wind farm, located on the north coast of Portugal, about 20 kilometres off the coast of Viana do Castelo.

The WindFloat Atlantic Operation & Maintenance team organized the drill, together with teams from Vestas, supplier of Wind-Float Atlantic turbines, and the Principle Power team; all teams were accompanied by their HSE coordinators. Moreover, the exercises were coordinated, supported, and supervised by the Marine Authorities, with Captain Rui Silva Lampreia, and four members of the rescue team from ISN (Instituto de Socorros a Naugrafos).

The purpose of the drill is to guarantee the correct access and approach to floating platforms in case of emergency, as well as to verify the installed capacities and emergency procedures implemented in case an accident occurs on the floating offshore wind farm. Therefore, the journey included different emergency scenarios that focused on rescuing an unconscious individual from different areas of the floating offshore wind farm, requiring the involvement of all the participants and their organization skills and efficiency in their response to the different health, security and safety challenges presented.

Accordingly, the first scenario included the rescue of the individual from a confined space within one of the columns from the floater, with the possibility of using both a vessel and helicopter. The following second scenario, consisted of transporting the unconscious individual on the main deck from the floater to the ISN boat. The third scenario was to rescue the unconscious man who fell over-board, in this case using the project’s CTV, controlled by local supplier Tinita. Lastly, the fourth scenario consisted of the rescue from the Nacelle, from where the subject needed to be rescued with a helicopter.

As a result, participants from the different teams showed their coordination and well-organized skills, which would ensure the person’s salvage and proper transport to the coast.

About Principle Power

Principle Power is a leading global technology and services provider for the floating offshore wind energy market. The WindFloat®, the company’s globally patented and proven 3 column semi-submersible floating platform technology, enables offshore wind turbines to be sited in any deep water depth or seabed condition, unlocking offshore wind potential worldwide and allowing projects to harvest the best wind resources.

Principle Power acts as a trusted partner to developers, independent power producers, utilities, and EPCs, supporting its customers throughout the entire lifecycle of their projects. With 75 MW in operation and 30 MW under construction, as well as a multi-GW commercial pipeline globally, Principle Power is the market leader in floating offshore wind technology.