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Japan Discusses Port Challenges for Floating Offshore Wind Industry

Publication date: July 8, 2024

Japan Discusses Port Challenges for Floating Offshore Wind Industry

Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Tourism (MLIT) recently convened a forum to address challenges related to large-scale floating offshore wind (OSW) power installations. The discussions emphasized the need for ports capable of managing the assembly and storage of floating foundations and wind turbine installations. MLIT anticipates that planning for these initiatives will be in place by 2031, with offshore construction commencing five years post area designation, and operations beginning seven years later.

Key discussions focused on the need for efficient offshore operations, advanced technologies to enable quick maintenance, and the availability of a sufficient number of high-quality work vessels. The forum identified a significant shortfall in the required port infrastructure and work vessels to support large-scale floating wind power projects. To address these issues, MLIT plans to finalize a construction optimization policy at its next meeting in July and will estimate the ship demand for construction and maintenance purposes.

Strategic Importance and Proactive Measures

The advancement of the floating offshore wind industryin Japan will be a crucial step in diversifying the country’s renewable energy portfolio and meeting its decarbonization objectives towards 2030 and beyond.

Addressing “early process” challenges as MLIT has identified here, offers significant benefits including risk mitigation and cost control. It also ensures infrastructure readiness and facilitates supply chain development. MLIT hopes this proactive approach will position Japan as a global market leader in setting international standards as this industry develops.


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