Second Bibby W2W offshore renewables vessel ordered
This has enabled Bibby to place an order for a further ASV9020 Bibby WaveMaster vessel from Damen ShipYards supported by a finance package from ABN AMRO. This new purpose-built SOV, which will be named in due course, will be a sister ship to the Bibby WaveMaster1, that Bibby took delivery of in Sept 2017 and which recently finished its first deployment on the Galloper Offshore Wind Farm before commencing duties for Total in the Dutch gas sector where the vessel is presently.
This next Bibby WaveMaster vessel, is already in build at Damen Galati, Romania. Whilst the vessel will to all extent and purposes be a sister ship to the Bibby WaveMaster1 it will benefit from direct input from Siemens Gamesa and their extensive experience of operating SOV vessels. These changes have been minimal given the original stepless design of the Bibby WaveMaster series and its proven success to date in delivering access and comfort beyond traditional expectations. In addition to the input from Siemens Gamesa, following a market review Bibby has opted for a SMST and integrated gangway / lift solution along with a daughtercraft from Mare Safety.
Once delivered, in mid 2019, the SOV will have a base port of Emden, Germany, where Siemens Gamesa has established an offshore service facility. Hohe See and Albatros lay approximately 145km and approximately 150km km off the German mainland, respectively.
René Cornelis Wigmans, Head of Maritime and Aviation Solutions at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy stated “The collaboration with Bibby Marine Services is another milestone in our cost-efficient offshore service concept, since new offshore wind power plants like Hohe See and Albatros are located even further from shore, we need the best solutions to create a safe and efficient working environment for our technicians. At the same time, the new SOV allows us to optimize logistics and workflows, and drive efficiencies to meet our costs-out targets in offshore wind service.”
By Jake Frith
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