4th GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON INNOVATION IN MARINE TECHNOLOGY AND THE FUTURE OF MARITIME TRANSPORTATION, İstanbul, Turkey, 18 - 19 November 2021, pp.88
PURPOSE: Parallel to the exhaustion of fossil fuels and the adverse effects of climate change, energy production is
shifting towards renewable green sources, such as wind power. Compared to on-land wind production sites, off-shore
wind farms have important superiorities. With higher energy potential, better usage of land areas and overcoming a
public disturbance, off-shore wind installations are gaining importance worldwide. Turkey has a substantial potential
for off-shore wind farms, especially in Marmara, Aegean and the Mediterranean coasts, and this great capacity for
the country is still at the beginning of the road. With land-based installations, various types of supply vessels and, of
course, abundant seafarers, off-shore wind farms promise an excellent opportunity for maritime operations.
The opportunities regarding the off-shore wind farm industry for the country needs a strategic approach and planning.
Therefore, this study aimed to investigate Turkey's options and potential in terms of off-shore wind farms. After
evaluating potentially suitable areas for off-shore wind areas, the current situation of ports and the maritime supply
vessels is assessed for Turkey. Furthermore, the off-shore wind sector has an important impact on the employment
and recruitment of seafarers. Therefore, the study aimed to put under surveillance Turkish seafarers, in terms of their
readiness for this blue economy.
FINDINGS: There exist important potential, however a lack of readiness and awareness, regarding research
question, in maritime sector of Turkey.