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Poster session

Lead Session Chair:
Stephan Barth, Managing Director, ForWind - Center for Wind Energy Research, Germany
Sean McCartan European Boat Design Innovation Group, United Kingdom
Sean McCartan (1) F P Tim Thompson (1) Bob Verheijden (1) Christopher Anderberg (1) Henrik Pahlm (1) Dario Boote (1) Tommaso Colaianni (1)
(1) European Boat Design Innovation Group, Coventry, United Kingdom (2) Academy Minerva, Groningen, Netherlands Antilles (3) Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden (4) Genoa University, Genoa, Italy

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Presenter's biography

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Dr Sean McCartan holds the current position of Boat Design Course Tutor at Coventry University. His research area is Transfer of Innovation from other sectors to the marine industry, in the key areas of Design-Driven Innovation (DDI), advanced visualisation and Human Systems Integration( HSI). He leads the EBDIG (European Boat Design Innovation Group) network, which includes a number of leading European marine design consultancies and Universities. He is project co-ordinator for the Leonardo TOI project EBDIG-WFSV (Wind Farm Support Vessels), which aims to develop online training material for Naval Architects in: Marine Design; Human Factors; WFSV design; WFSV mothership design


Innovative osv mothership for uk round 3 far shore o&m


Current wind farm support vessels will not be appropriate for accessing the UK Round 3 far shore wind farms of the North Sea. In order to improve operability of WFSV accessing the far shore wind farms, mothership vessels will be required. Extrapolating the European Wind Energy Association's (EWEA) growth scenario for the period up till 2030 for employment in the installation, operation and maintenance, of offshore wind farms, it will be necessary to recruit land based technicians to meet the demand. Therefore, next generation motherships will need to address the user needs and aspirations of a new generation of technicians.


This paper presents a mothership concept design proposal, that challenges perceptions of the working and living environment on commercial vessels through the implementation of Design-Driven Innovation. The interaction between innovation of design meaning and technology innovation can transform the market within an industry and even create new market sectors. As the next generation motherships will need to address the user needs and aspirations of a new generation of technicians, who may not have previous marine experience.

Main body of abstract

An analysis of the offshore wind market identified the challenges of vessel financing compared to the oil & gas sector, as a unique opportunity for a common platform technology vessel. The concept presented has an innovative WFSV launch/recovery system enabling a conventional OSV platform to be adapted into a mothership role.


A more cost effective WFSV mothership solution in terms of design and construction that the specialist vessels benchmarked in the design study, due to the design innovation in WFSV launch/recovery

Learning objectives
-Identifying needs of next generation offshore wind farm technician in terms of mothership accommodation
-Developing interior design concepts to meet the needs of next generation wind farm technicians through Design Driven Innovation
-presenting innovative WFSV launch/recovery system than can be adapted to an OSV platform to minimise vessel costs