Block Island offshore wind farm starts commercial operation

DECEMBER 13, 2016 — America’s first offshore wind farm is up and running. Deepwater Wind reported yesterday that the Block Island Wind Farm has completed its commissioning and testing phases and has

GC Rieber OCV gets offshore wind farm work

JULY 12, 2016 — Bergen, Norway, headquartered GC Rieber Shipping ASA has entered into a time charter agreement with wind turbine provider Senvion GmbH for the Construction Support Vessel (CSV) Polar Queen

Rolls-Royce to design and equip Ostensjo wind farm vessel

MAY 26, 2016 — Rolls-Royce has signed a contract with Spanish shipyard Astilleros Gondan to supply the design and equipment for the second UT 540 WP design Service Operation Vessel (SOV) that

Ostensjo orders second wind farm SOV

MAY 9, 2016 — Norway’s Østensjø Rederi is to order a second Service Operation Vessel (SOV) to DONG Energy at Spanish shipbuilder Astilleros Gondan. It will be a sister vessel to the

ABS Group certification services for giant wind farm

MAY 5, 2016 — U.K. headquartered ABS Group Ltd. has received a contract to provide project certification services from DONG Energy Wind Power A/S (DONG Energy) for the planned Hornsea Offshore Wind

Seismic survey vessel to become wind farm worker hotel

When completed, the rebuilt ship will be used to accommodate and transfer service personnel working on offshore wind farms. The rebuild project is being carried out at the Fayard AS shipyard in Denmark and is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2016. The contract with Wärtsilä was signed in September.

Wärtsilä provided the original designs for the Viking II, then Veritas Viking II, which was delivered in 1999 to the original owners, Eidesvik of Norway. After the current conversion, the vessel will be named Wind Innovation.

After the conversion, the vessel will have accommodations and hotel facilities for 125 people and will feature a heave compensated gangway. It will fullfil the requirements for Special Purpose Ships.

“This is a fast delivery project and it was essential that our naval architects could respond to the owner’s needs quickly. This we are able to achieve and our design will result in a vessel capable of operating efficiently in challenging sea and weather conditions with a high level of passenger comfort,” says Ove H. Wilhelmsen, Managing Director of Wärtsilä Ship Design Norway.

Wärtsilä has considerable experience in producing designs for the offshore wind turbine market, both for service vessels as well as for installation applications. Conversion projects are becoming of increasing interest for owners since there is a current over-supply of ships in many of the offshore application markets.

Two provisional winners in NJ offshore wind lease sale

NOVEMBER 10, 2015 — The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) yesterday held a lease sale offering nearly 344,000 acres in federal waters offshore New Jersey for potential wind energy development. The

Ostensjo picks Rolls-Royce design for wind farm vessel

The vessel will service a five year contract from DONG Energy that will see it act as a mother ship for wind turbine technicians as they perform maintenance work on Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm in the U.K. The contract will commence September 1, 2017 and includes an option for a five year extension

“This contract enables us to expand our business into the renewable energy sector,” says Østensjø Rederi CEO Johan Rokstad. “It has been the strategy of Østensjø Rederi to diversify our operations. Thus, we are pleased that DONG Energy has awarded us this exciting opportunity in a sector we believe will have further demands for similar vessels in the near future.”

The vessel is the twelfth ordered from Astilleros Gondan by Østensjø Rederi. It will be designed and equipped by Rolls-Royce and will be the first to be built to a new UT 540 WP ship design from Rolls-Royce developed specifically to support operations in shallow waters at offshore wind farms.

SOV 700

“We have worked closely with Rolls-Royce to develop a design we believe will be well suited to servicing the specific operational demands of supporting offshore wind farms,” says Mr. Rokstad. “We look forward to continuing this good cooperation in carrying the project through to completion.”

The ship is designed with a high focus on seakeeping capabilities, excellent station keeping performance, improved comfort and safety on board, and reduced fuel consumption.

As well as designing the vessel, Rolls-Royce will supply the diesel electric main machinery, consisting of frequency controlled electric driven azimuth thrusters, super silent mounted transverse thrusters, DP2 dynamic positioning system, power electrical system, deck machinery, and the latest generation Acon automation and control system.

Helge Gjerde, Rolls-Royce, President Commercial – Marine, said, “We are delighted that Østensjø Rederi and DONG Energy have chosen the new Rolls-Royce UT 540 WP design against intense competition. As more wind farms are built further from shore and in more demanding conditions we see opportunities to use our extensive offshore experience to diversify into an exciting new market.”

The new build is a DP2 Service Operation Vessel with high station keeping capacities. 60 single cabins of high standard can accommodate up to 40 wind turbine technicians in addition to a marine crew of 20. A motion compensated gangway system with an adjustable pedestal will be installed to ensure safe operations and optimal uptime. Special areas and functions of the vessel are made in accordance with the charterer`s requirements. The 81.0 m long vessel, with a beam of 17.0 m, will work out of Grimsby, U.K.

“The Service Operating Vessel will be an important step to ensure safe and efficient operation of wind farms far from shore, starting with Race Bank windfarm, and we are convinced that DONG Energy will benefit from Østensjø Rederi’s long experience in conducting safe operations in an offshore environment,” says Jens Jakobsson, Senior Vice President for Wind Power Operations in DONG Energy

Fred Olsen Windcarrier gets 70 turbine installation job

Today, for example, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier International Ltd reported that it has been awarded a contract with by Adwen Bremerhaven GmbH for the transport and installation of 70 Adwen 5 MW wind turbine generators for the Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm project located in the Baltic Sea within the German exclusive economic zone in the Baltic Sea.

The contract will commence in the first quarter of 2017 and is expected to be completed during the third quarter of 2017. Adwen has the option to extend the contract for anywhere between 14 days to six months.

Fred Olsen Windcarrier will use either one of its wind turbine installation vessels Brave Tern and Bold Tern for the project.The contract includes the provision of installation technicians from Global Wind Service A/S , a company indirectly owned 51% by Fred Olsen Wincarrier’s parent companies, Bonheur ASA and Ganger Rolf ASA.

Atlantic City wind farm decision headed to NJ Supreme Court

JUNE 29, 2015 — Fishermen’s Energy is taking its case to build a 25 MW offshore wind farm off Atlantic City to the New Jersey Supreme Court after being rejected twice by