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Maintaining turbines offshore

PUBLISHED: 10:13 13 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:13 06 July 2010

I WAS amazed to read how soon Airtricity need to get operational to maintain the Greater Gabbard wind farm (Journal, November 6) but also that in rough seas engineers need to be “choppered” out, presumably onto platforms with helipads.

I WAS amazed to read how soon Airtricity need to get operational to maintain the Greater Gabbard wind farm (Journal, November 6) but also that in rough seas engineers need to be “choppered” out, presumably onto platforms with helipads.

But as a mariner I am intrigued to wonder if lifeboats would be necessary in these rough seas to transfer them into those turbine towers requiring a fix?

It makes you wonder how Airtricity could deal - offshore - with Gulliver's lightning struck three-blade structure which took SLP many weeks to obtain a crane and a cricket pitch-sized drop zone to repair it - twice!

We should raise our hats to these guys currently being recruited; to manipulate such tasks way out there amongst 140 twirling wind towers.

Perhaps there are no lightning strikes in Gabbard's sea space … or should we ask the local fisher folk?

BOB HOWITT

Bishop's Walk

Lowestoft


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