Siemens wind energy service operation vessel (SOV) for the Dutch Gemini project has been named ‘Windea la cour’ at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany.
The vessel is due to set sail to start operations at the Gemini offshore wind farm this summer. The wind farm consists of 150 Siemens wind turbines, each with a capacity of 4 MW with Siemens also being responsible for servicing for a period of 15 years. The specially designed, purpose built SOV ‘Windea la cour’ is part of the company’s advanced offshore wind service concepts which have been developed to increase the uptime of the wind turbines.
‘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 to be named so far, with two other vessels 'Esvagt Faraday’ and 'Esvagt Froude' named in June 2015. The first of these is supporting service operations at the Butendiek offshore wind farm in the North Sea while the second has been utilised 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 utilised for service operations at the Sandbank and Dan Tysk wind projects.