World First as WindFloat Atlantic Windfarm is Classed by ABS

15 July 2021

We are delighted to share that the WindFloat Atlantic has become the world’s first classed offshore windfarm after its three 8.4MW floating turbines were accepted by the ABS Class Committee.

As reported, the three ABS-classed, Semi-Submersible WindFloat® units designed by Principle Power housing MHI Vestas turbines make a total of 25 MW of floating offshore wind power. 

The WindFloat Atlantic is continental Europe’s first larger-scale floating wind farm, 20 kilometers off the coast of Viana do Castello, Portugal.

It’s a historic first and, we believe, the first of many more to come. ABS has made a significant contribution both to this project and the development of offshore floating wind in Portugal. It underscores the potential of Class and industry working together for the safe adoption of new technologies. ABS has supported innovation in offshore energy since 1958. This landmark project underlines how we continue to support promising offshore technology more than 60 years later

Matt Tremblay
ABS Senior Vice President, Global Offshore

The WindFloat Atlantic project is developed by the Windplus consortium, which is jointly owned by Ocean Winds (50:50 JV owned and created by EDP Renewables and ENGIE), Repsol, and Principle Power, Inc.