The ICPC has published a completely new version of its Recommendation No.13 to provide more detailed advice on issues arising from the proximity of offshore Wind Energy Installations and Submarine Cables in National Waters (i.e. the Territorial Seas and Exclusive Economic Zones of coastal States). The 39 page document is designed to promote the highest standards of construction, operability, reliability, maintainability and safety in situations where offshore wind energy installations and submarine cables are obliged to operate in close proximity. Topics addressed include safety zone distances for cable ships and wind farm structures, cable crossing procedures, dispute resolution, cable fault repairs and site-specific risk assessment.

The Recommendation has been adapted from information contained in Subsea Cables UK Guideline Number 6, which is the product of a collaborative effort by Subsea Cables UKRenewableUKRenewable Energy Association and The Crown Estate. Neil Rondorf, the ICPC’s Chairman, congratulated these organisations for their pioneering work. According to Rondorf, “The result of such close collaboration, which gathers together information on evaluations, testing and real world experience, is a process that can be considered in any jurisdiction where submarine power and telecommunications cables are co-located near offshore wind farms. While there is no precise safety zone distance that applies to all co-located submarine cable and wind farm facilities, the processes described in this Recommendation provide a detailed path to determine the appropriate safety zones for both industries by allowing their people to exercise due regard for each other’s interests”.

All ICPC Recommendations are provided free to anyone with a bona fide interest and can be obtained by completing a simple application form. This can be found by visiting www.iscpc.org then selecting “Publications” followed by “Recommendations”.

About the ICPC:

The ICPC was formed in 1958 and its primary goal is to promote the safeguarding of international submarine cables against man-made and natural hazards. The organisation provides a forum for the exchange of technical, legal and environmental information about submarine cables and, with 136 members from over 60 nations, is the World’s premier submarine cable organization.

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