Siemens Energy has signed a chartering agreement with ship owner Esvagt A/S for two new offshore wind service vessels that will sport significant advancements in logistics, efficiency, and operational capabilities. The vessels are being commissioned for Siemens’ service operations at the Butendiek and Baltic II offshore wind power plants in Germany, both of which are scheduled to come online in 2015. Siemens and Esvagt A/S met this week in Esbjerg, Denmark, to commemorate the project start and sign the chartering agreement.
As an industry leader in offshore wind service, and a company that recognizes the benefits a specialized logistics, Siemens has provided input to help in the vessel design and specifications over the last several months. Rather than floating hotels that use smaller vessels or helicopters to access offshore turbines, the new vessels will provide direct access using an advanced hydraulic gangway that will stabilize and provide safe access to the turbines during varying wave conditions. They will also include accommodations for more than 30 technicians for several weeks at a time, enabling them to live and work at the project site and to spend less time traveling to and from shore.
With its ongoing focus on intelligent innovation, Siemens Energy is embarking on this new design concept that, when completed, is poised as a new standard for offshore wind service. Ship owner Esvagt A/S plans to construct the two advanced offshore service-operation vessels from the sea-surface up with the latest in advanced logistics, design, and safety for providing service and maintenance at offshore locations, particularly those located very far from shore. Siemens AG