This document is part of a set of 5 reports Wave Energy Scotland (WES) has commissioned from the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), through engagement with supply chain companies, to create a set of Wave Energy Converter (WEC) development guidance documents which draw upon the lessons learnt from real sea deployments of marine renewables at the Orkney-based test site.
Four guidance documents have been produced, covering Compliance, Handling, Installation, and Operations and Maintenance. These provide an insight into what technology developers should be considering at early stages of development, notably in areas of offshore operations, HSE, logistics, installation support, and regulatory compliance, and aim to aid WEC developers in making informed design decisions across a range of maturity levels and technology types.
This guidance document highlights the issues to be considered under the theme of Handling. In this instance, handling is considered to mean any physical interaction; such as lifting, transporting or working on or around a marine energy device/subsystem or component, and can be defined in terms of mobilisation, demobilisation, onshore delivery and offshore delivery activities.