Damen Shipyards is working on a new class of ship to handle the expected boom in floating offshore wind turbine (FOWT) installation.

The Dutch shipbuilder is teaming with vessel operators and suppliers to design bigger, more efficient units.

Damen sees floating wind farms as the next big development in renewable energy.

The group cited industry forecasts indicating that by 2050 more than 200GW of new capacity will be in operation, equating to around 13,500 turbines worldwide.