The January 2016 commissioning of OOC NERZ, a 26 meter crew transfer vessel will mark a highlight of Opielok Offshore Carriers’ (OOC) fleet expansion program. OOC NERZ is the company’s first of four high-spec BMT Nigel Gee designed crew transfer vessels built to German regulations and certified for the transport of personnel and dangerous goods to offshore installations.
The design brief for vessels reaching new operation levels to cover a wider range of tasks has been influenced by the experience accrued by OOC working for international oil and gas majors. OOC NERZ’s passenger area features variable seating arrangements, business class recliner seats for up to 36 passengers, a full galley, lounge, a separate changing room, PPE storage, a heated and ventilated drying room, air-conditioning, and eminently low noise and vibration levels.
OOC NERZ has crew rest and sleeping accommodations for 24/7 operations, and further to its main preoccupation – safe, comfortable personnel transfers. It can load 10 to 20 ft containers, has reefer plugs, ships dangerous goods, conducts fuel transfers, manages dive and ROV operations, high pressure cleaning tasks, after-dark assignments, and more.
Powered by a fuel efficient Volvo Quad IPS drive system coupled to joystick controls and a dynamic positioning system, OOC NERZ boasts of high redundancy levels and excellent manoeuverability. The vessel’s proven catamaran design in combination with an active fender system permits maximum uptime performances in high seas and adverse weather. Safety features include a helicopter winching area on the foredeck, a helicopter hoist-able stretcher, an AED, and other first aid equipment.
OOC Cheetah is engineering the modification of one of its modern 72m DP2 OSVs to serve offshore wind farm requirements as a Walk-2-Work, accommodation, guard and coordination vessel which can conduct cargo runs, supply replenishment, fuel and fresh water transfers, and disposal of waste tasks. The vessel will receive a motion compensating gangway system, extended accommodation for up to 40 passengers, and an additional daughter boat for passenger and spare transfers in up to moderate weather conditions.
This stable vessel has a sea endurance of approximately one month, which lets charterers plan extensive offshore campaigns with less need for port calls. It can be deployed in wind farms as a perfect offshore basis for personnel.
OOC Opielok Offshore Carriers GmbH & Co. is a privately owned specialist shipping company based in Hamburg, Germany, founded by shipowner Christopher Opielok in September 2007 as a provider and operator of modern offshore supply vessels. It operates Offshore Supply Vessels (OSV) working for the international offshore industry around the world.
Shore-based teams in Hamburg ensure fast 24/7 reaction and decisions for customers. Combined, the management team has over 100 years of hands-on customer, ship and crew experience in the oil, gas and offshore wind industries. OOC maintains highest safety and maintenance standards on its vessels and holds an ISO 9001 certification approved and audited by DNV GL, confirming its high quality standards.
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