Design for Wind Floater receives ABS stamp of approval

Classification society, ABS, has issued an Approval in Principle (AIP) to SBM Offshore for its proprietary wind floater design.

November 16, 2018

SBM Offshore announces that its innovative wind floater design, including its mooring system and featuring a commercially available offshore wind turbine, has been granted an Approval in Principle (AIP) by classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).

Based on a TLP concept, the wind floater has been designed for excellence across the full life cycle, including in-place conditions, as well as for wet tow with the turbine installed and mooring hook-up phase. The approved design has been developed to a technology maturity level of a Front End Engineering Design (FEED) for all relevant extreme and fatigue load cases, using detailed wind and met-ocean conditions for a site offshore France.

The complete design was developed in-house at SBM Offshore, in collaboration with our partner, IFP Energies Nouvelles (IFPEN), using proprietary design tools and the detailed wind turbine model, including the controller.

The AIP verifies that the floater is feasible for the intended application and, in principle, in compliance with the applicable requirements of the ABS Guide for Building and Classing Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Installations and with sound engineering practices.

The independent review cements SBM Offshore’s confidence in its wind floater’s performance, particularly related to its low mass, its minimal seabed footprint and the very low motions at nacelle level.


“We are very proud of this Approval in Principle and it is a testament to the expertise and innovative spirit at SBM Offshore. It represents a key step in the development process towards large scale application of our wind floater, while underlining SBM’s strong commitment to renewable energy solutions,”

said Séverine Baudic, Managing Director Floating Production Solutions.

Séverine Baudic – Copyright SBM Offshore


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