The wind service operation vessel (SOV) for the Dutch Gemini project has been christened “Windea la cour” in Hamburg. The vessel is to set sail to start operations at the Gemini offshore wind power plant this summer. Siemens
has supplied 150 wind turbines with a capacity of 4 MW each and will service the offshore wind power plant for 15 years. The designed and purpose built SOV “Windea la cour” is part of Siemens’ advanced offshore wind service concepts developed to increase the uptime of the wind turbines. Innovative offshore service logistics help to bring down the costs of offshore wind power.
The SOV “Windea la cour” was built by Ulstein Verft Norway and has been chartered by Siemens for operations and maintenance support from Bernhard Schulte Offshore. In addition to being the end user of the SOV, Siemens also supplied a key system aboard the vessel. The Siemens BlueDrive Plus C propulsion system helps reduce CO2 emissions and fuel consumption.
This is the third Siemens-chartered SOV christened: In June 2015, Siemens christened the offshore wind industry s first two purpose-built SOVs: ‘Esvagt Faraday’ is supporting service operations at the Butendiek offshore wind power plant in North Sea and ‘Esvagt Froude’ is utilized for service at the EnBW Baltic II wind farm in the Baltic Sea. A fourth SOV, also chartered by Siemens from Bernhard Schulte, will be utilized for service operations at the Sandbank and Dan Tysk wind projects.
Previously, Siemens signed a chartering agreement with ship owner Bernhard Schulte for two new service operations vessels (SOV) to be purpose-built for the long-term service and maintenance operations of the Gemini and Sandbank/Dan Tysk offshore wind power plants in the North Sea. Officials from Siemens and Bernhard Schulte together with its offshore wind affiliate WINDEA Offshore met this past week in Brande, Denmark, to commemorate the project start and sign the chartering agreement.
The two new SOVs will be built by Ulstein Verft Norway and will become operational in 2016 and 2017 when both the Gemini and Sandbank offshore wind projects are scheduled to begin operations. An added benefit of the vessel being built for the Sandbank project is that it can also be utilized for Siemens’ service operations for the nearby Dan Tysk wind farm already in operation.
“Siemens is proud to be the first in the industry to introduce these new purpose-built SOVs as we continue to focus on advancing our offshore service operations for the benefit of our customers,” said Mark Albenze, CEO, Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Services Business Unit. “By improving efficiencies in our service operations we can help our customers realize optimal performance from their turbines, thereby contributing to advancing the competiveness of offshore wind energy for the future. Our charter agreement with Bernhard Schulte offers us the opportunity to work with an experienced ship-owning company and we look forward to the start of offshore operations with these new SOVs in 2016.”
This year, as part of its innovative new offshore logistics concept, Siemens is scheduled to begin utilizing its first two SOVs commissioned specifically for the Butendiek and Baltic II offshore wind projects in Germany.
As the industry leader in offshore wind service, Siemens is at the forefront of introducing these new SOVs that are being constructed specifically for offshore wind service operations. Siemens is taking an active role in the vessel design with particular emphasis on safety and improving efficiency. By utilizing these purpose-built SOVs, customers will benefit from Siemens’ emphasis on more effective use of resources and personnel, as well as better accessibility with less time lost waiting for suitable weather conditions. They also feature advanced active gangway systems for safe access to the turbines in varying weather and wave conditions. In addition, the Gemini and Sandbank/Dan Tysk SOVs will feature a helideck. The SOV logistics can then combined with the steady ground readiness of a helicopter to provide customers with a customized logistics program designed to meet their specific needs.
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