Belgium’s DEME, a dredging, offshore and marine engineering company, has launched its first-ever service operation vessel (SOV) at Cemre Shipyard in Turkey.
Named Groene Wind, the vessel is of small waterplane area twin hull (SWATH) design and will be chartered to Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy on its delivery in 2021. The DP2 SOV will provide maintenance services on three different wind farms – Rentel and Mermaid & Seastar, known as SeaMade, off the coast of Belgium.
The 60m-long SWATH is the result of close collaboration between DEME’s in-house newbuild team, Vuyk Engineering Rotterdam and research organisation, Marin. Its SWATH design will improve sea-keeping characteristics compared with monohull designs, the companies said.
The Groene Wind’s hull configuration, combined with its DP2 capability, will reduce fuel consumption by up to 50%, thereby lowering the cost of wind farm maintenance. Equipped with a motion-compensated gangway and daughter craft to ensure the safe transfer of personnel, the vessel has been designed to the latest comfort standards and will have accommodation for up to 24 wind energy technicians in addition to its marine crew.
“We are proud about this major milestone and look forward to welcoming Groene Wind to our fleet,” said Michael Glavind, business unit director at DEME Offshore. “She highlights the DEME innovative spirit and our willingness to invest in green technologies. This further boosts our ability to service the growing offshore wind industry throughout the entire lifetime of an offshore wind farm.”
Rene Wigmans, head of Offshore Service Logistics at Siemens Gamesa, commented: “The Rentel and SeaMade wind farms make up the largest wind power installations in Belgium, and with DEME’s first-ever SOV, Groene Wind, we will be able to provide further optimised and safe maintenance solutions.”