Study on Offshore Wind Farms and Maritime Capabilities of Turkey


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Kartal Ş. E.

4th GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON INNOVATION IN MARINE TECHNOLOGY AND THE FUTURE OF MARITIME TRANSPORTATION, İstanbul, Turkey, 18 - 19 November 2021, pp.88

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.88

Abstract

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.