Largest Offshore wind floatel on station

Crew transfer vessel with 'MV Bluefort' Crew transfer vessel with 'MV Bluefort'

The largest floatel in the wind industry has arrived at Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm in the Baltic Sea to provide a home for up to 200 workers as they commission the project’s 70 Adwen 5mW turbines.

The newly refurbished 142 metre MV Bluefort will provide accommodation throughout the commissioning phase of the 350 MW Iberdrola-owned wind farm, sited some 30 kilometres north-east of the German island of Rugen. The vessel is supported by four CTVs and will be in operation 24 hours a day seven days a week.

Bridgemans Services Group LP (BSG) invested more than €6 million in a complete refit of Bluefort in 2016 to ensure it met all the requirements and expectations of offshore wind clients.   BSG President Brian Grange said the company recognised the potential for a premium, cost effective floatel solution specific to the offshore wind industry, and sought client input before embarking on the significant upgrade of the vessel, making it the largest and most efficient in its category.  “We wanted a specifically designed vessel able to meet all the operational, technical and budgetary requirements of clients while offering those staying on-board top class facilities including superior en-suite cabins, lounge areas, restaurants, a cinema, hospital and gym.” The five-month refurbishment works also included improvements to the CTV landing platform, stern thrusters for better positioning during transfers, helicopter pad, 1000 square metres of office space, a 200 seat briefing theatre, plus meeting rooms and enhanced IT services.  Substantial stability upgrades also ensure that the vessel meets all safety compliance regulations for operations in the North Atlantic, North and Baltic Sea regions.

The vessel is represented by global shipbroker Clarksons Platou’s Offshore Renewables team. Clarkson Platou’s David Matthews added: “BSG’s Bluefort is a winning solution for offshore projects, with its impressive size and flexibility to change. To accommodate 200 people with 34 crew, working 24 hours a day is staggering”.

Wikinger is Bluefort’s second offshore wind project, having supported MHI Vestas in the Belgian waters of the North Sea in 2017.

By Jake Frith

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