Siemens hails service-vessel advance

A rendering of the two new Esvagt vessels

A rendering of the two new Esvagt vessels

Siemens has signed a multi-year chartering agreement with Danish ship owner Esvagt for two as-yet-unbuilt vessels that will service the Butendiek and Baltic 2 offshore wind farms in the coming years.

The vessels will break new ground for the offshore wind industry, Siemens claims, in their ability to remain “on site” at far-shore projects for weeks at a time, and the ease with which they will allow technicians to access wind turbines.

The service vessels – both 84-metres long and with a maximum speed of 14 knots – are being built by Norway’s Havyard, with delivery slated for early 2015.

In contrast to the “floating hotel” vessels presently used by O&M crews at many offshore wind farms, which require separate, smaller vessels or helicopters to transfer crews Log in to read complete article.

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