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Siemens Gamesa teams up with Maersk against barnacles and sea worms

The wind turbine and oil industries are joining forces to tackle a collective problem in the offshore sector. Broad cooperation with subcontractors will incite "joint innovation power for mutual benefit and inspiration"

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Underwater structures such as foundations for wind turbines and oil rigs are not always welcomed by the flora and fauna of the sea, but there is one particular group of organisms that loves to latch on and grow on offshore installations.

Marine growth is when numerous animals and organisms settle in on the installations, bringing with them buildup of algae, sea worms, barnacles and other types of shellfish that can cause problems for the foundations. They are problematic because the buildup can ultimately alter the wave-loading.

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