Gondan shipyard in Figueras, Spain, has laid the keel of a new Service Operation Vessel (SOV) that will function as a mother ship for wind turbine technicians.
The SOV will accommodate and support the technicians as they perform maintenance work at DONG Energy’s Race Bank offshore wind farm in the North Sea. The vessel will be 81.10 metres long with a 17 metre bean and is the first of two vessels that Gondan will deliver to the Norwegion ship owner Østensjø Rederi. The two vessels are being built according to Rolls Royce Marine design UT 540 WP and will be equipped with a 23 metre UPTIME heave-compensated ‘walk-to-work’ gangway, a cutting-edge 3D compensated crane and a CTV landing system with bunkering facility.
The vessel will also be equipped with an on-board 11 metre daughter craft to convey technicians safely to the turbines. A Rolls Royce Marine SAVe Cube system, based on variable rpm operation of the generator sets, will help to lower emissions and achieve fuel saving targets.
The keel-laying ceremony marks the start of the assembly of the hull in the slipway, where the vessel will remain until it is time to launch her next year.