Turkey’s Cemre Shipyard today launched the offshore wind service operations vessel (SOV) for French operator Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA). It is set to arrive at Ørsted’s U.K. east coast operations and maintenance facility in Grimsby next year and will service the Hornsea Two offshore wind farm, accommodating up to 64 technicians, who will service and maintain the wind turbines, and an additional vessel crew.
With a length of 84 meters, the SOV is two meters larger than the new Hornsea Two blades which have been manufactured locally at Siemens Gamesa’s blade factory in Hull.
“We’re extremely pleased to be able to reach this exciting milestone for the wind farm,” said Morten Holm, Head of Operations for Hornsea Two at Ørsted. “Technicians will spend two weeks at a time onboard this vessel as they live, eat and sleep onboard while working offshore. The Wind of Hope has been designed with comfort and practicality in mind and we look forward to welcoming her to her new home in Grimsby.”
“We are delighted to reach a turning point in the construction of this second SOV dedicated to Ørsted’s Hornsea Two windfarm,” said Kamil Beffa, Deputy CEO of Louis Dreyfus Armateurs.”It means a lot to our marine industrial solutions strategy as a partner of the Danish wind energy leader. It is also an exciting commitment in favor of clean and renewable energy and our continued focus on safety and environmental footprint with innovative ship designs.”
Working as an accommodation base, the Wind of Hope has been fitted with a number of modifications intended to ensure that shift patterns offshore are as comfortable as possible for the crew.
A motion compensated gangway allows technicians to walk to work from the ship directly onto the transition piece of the turbine they are required to access, whilst the onboard helideck enables efficient crew and cargo transfers to take place.
Vessel’s main specifications:
Length: 84.00 meters
Breadth: 19.40 meters
Depth: 7.00 meters
Design draft: 5.00 meters
Propulsion: Diesel-electric, DP2 Dynamic Positioning
Accommodations: Capacity of 90 persons including up to 64 windfarm technicians.
Vessel’s transfer specifications:
- A daughter craft with a capacity of 8 technicians and 1 ton of cargo
- A motion compensated gangway (about 19 meters range)
- A motion compensated crane (1 ton at 23 meters)
Vessel prior to entering water