DNV, a Norwegian ship quality assurance and risk management organisation, has granted Samsung Heavy Industries approval in principle (AIP) for its independently designed offshore floater for wind power turbines. AIP for the floater implies that a certification body has evaluated its fundamental design and certified that it satisfies the agency’s technical requirements and standards for use.

The 9.5-megawatt floater will assist in shortening the building period of offshore wind power turbines by eliminating pontoons, which are tiny, flat boats or metal structures of a similar design that are used to support offshore wind power turbines. To assure stability in any maritime environment, more than 40 years of data on the intensity of winds and currents, as well as the depth of water off the east coast, were studied. With the offshore wind floater, Samsung Heavy Industries will increase its capabilities to build large-scale maritime facilities for the renewable energy sector. 

Floating wind turbines situated in deep seas can decrease visual pollution, provide better accommodation for fishing and shipping channels, and reach stronger and more constant winds than permanent offshore wind farms erected in shallow areas. Ulsan, a southeastern industrial port city, has advocated for a huge floating wind farm project as part of a government drive to increase the use of wind, solar, and other kinds of renewable energy. The Seoul administration has advocated for the localization of floating offshore wind farm technology by 2025.

SHI acquired original technology in April for the building of a wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV) using environmentally friendly technologies. The vessel is intended for offshore wind turbine installation.