FRS Helgoline offers tourist trips to Meerwind Süd/Ost.

GERMANY: Shipping company FRS Helgoline is offering tourist boat trips to the 288MW Meerwind Süd / Ost wind farm in the German North Sea.

A trial trip took place in August and two trips are now planned for May, followed by two in June, one each in July and August and two in September.

The nearly completed wind farm is due to have 80 3.6MW Siemens turbines and is located in the North Sea, 23 kilometres north of the island of Heligoland. Turbine installation is due to finish in February.

Wind farm operator WindMW will provide information about the project during the trip.

This is not the first time offshore wind farms have been a focal point for tourism.

In March 2013, ferry company Stena Line started offering commercial cruises to the 400MW Anholt offshore wind farm off north Denmark, in collaboration with project developer and majority-owner Dong Energy.

People can also take a boat to visit the 20-turbine Middelgrunden offshore wind farm off Copenhagen, Denmark.

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