Renewable energies have become the mainstream as they combine energy safety, environmental sustainability, and green economy. Offshore wind power is developing vigorously in Taiwan, but local certification system for offshore wind power has been lacking. Therefore, marine talent training and a certification system are the urgent tasks to be established in order to implement localization. One of NAMR’s jobs is to nurture specialized marine industry talent. Given this, the NAMR has recently organized a 16-hour competency course for offshore wind power marine operation safety for the first time. The course was overloaded with registrations on the day it was opened for enrolment, and only 26 students could be admitted in the end, demonstrating the urgency and importance of the nurturing of talents for domestic offshore wind power.
The NAMR president, Chiu Yung-Fang indicated that the operating environment for the Taiwanese waters is complicated, in order to provide a safer marine operating environment for domestic marine operating personnel and offshore wind power practitioners, the practitioners will gain offshore wind power safety knowledge and skills, thereby reducing the education-job mismatch while accomplishing the integration of education with the job. The NAMR conducted the course design according to the steps for competency-based course quality certification with assistance from famous domestic competency experts. It further invited expert representatives who supported the promotion of this program for joint discussion, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Ministry of Labor; the Safety and Health Technology Center; CSBC Corporation, Taiwan; Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Offshore Wind Limited; Ørsted Taiwan; Ci Wind Power Development Taiwan Co., Ltd., as well as Sing Da Marine Structure. The competency course on “Hazard assessment, risk evaluation and control” for offshore wind power operation was thus established according to the localization needs, and further set up the teaching goals, design evaluation methods, and tools, as well as organize the course and learning evaluations etc. according to the competency content including the behavioral indicators, knowledge, and skills within the model.
The course o was held between September 26 to October 3, with 5 course modules, including offshore wind power operating procedures and relevant regulations, potential hazard investigation skills and risk evaluation data for offshore wind power operating site, hazard assessment and risk evaluation tools, implementation of hazard assessment and risk evaluation, as well as hazard assessment and risk evaluation documentation. The admitted students included Labor Affairs Bureau supervisors from county and city governments, as well as offshore wind power industry-related professional personnel from Century Wind Power, Formosa Heavy Industries, Taiwan Marine Heavy Industry, CECI Engineering Consultants, Inc, Taiwan, and Dong Fang Offshore.
Five experts with abundant practical industry experience presented each session in pairs, taking the students to learn about offshore wind power-related regulations and standards, to define the nature and scope of hazard assessment and risk evaluation, to be equipped with the documentation ability of hazard assessment and risk evaluation results, as well as to understand how to collect the relevant info for possible potential hazards and risk evaluation, and to analyze offshore wind power operating procedures. Moreover, be able to put into practice the potential hazard investigation skills and the hazard assessment techniques for offshore wind power operating sites.