Ulstein Verft has delivered the service operation vessel (SOV) Windea Jules Verne to Bernard Schulte Offshore GmbH. It is the third SOV to be built for the German company and, like its sisterships, has been built to an Ulstein SX195 design with a length of 93.4m, a beam of 18m, and capacity for 120 persons.
The vessel will operate for GE Renewable Energy on the Merkur wind farm about 45km north of Borkum Island in the German North Sea. The design incorporates Ulstein’s distinctive X-Bow and X-Stern, features which enhance seakeeping characteristics and provide more comfort for mariners and wind service engineers on board. The configuration gives greater flexibility since the vessel can operate with either bow or stern to the weather.
The Windea Jules Verne has a tower containing both personnel and equipment elevators, and a heave-compensated gangway for the safe transfer of personnel from ship to any of the 66 offshore turbines at the Merkur site. The turbines were fully commissioned in June 2019 and have capacity to generate 396 MW, sufficient renewable electricity to provide power for about half a million homes.