Ship collision at Bard 1 offshore project

GERMANY: A ship has collided with a wind turbine's offshore foundation at the Bard Offshore 1 offshore wind farm, currently under construction in the German North Sea.

Bard's 5MW turbine
Bard's 5MW turbine

An offshore service and supply vessel suffered serious damage to the bow fender of the twin-hulled vessel, according to Emden harbour police.

The police are investigating whether international traffic or other rules were disregarded.

None of the six crew on board was hurt and the seaworthiness of the vessel itself was only lightly damaged. It was able to reach the island of Borkum, and from there the port of Emden, where it was checked over by Germanischer Lloyd shipping experts. It will be repaired at the Weser shipyard.

The 400MW Bard Offshore 1 wind farm has been under construction since 2010. The project's slow progress has been largely due to the financial difficulties facing its owner, Bard Group. 

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