Multi-purpose clout for new offshore ship
EMS Maritime Offshore (EMO) in north Germany has introduced the Dutch-built 37.5m multi-purpose 'Emswind' into wind farm service in the North Sea and Baltic, reports Tom Todd.
The versatile Emswind is officially described as an emergency response and rescue vessel (ERRV) but also serves as a multi-purpose and support ship and is designed to meet a wide range of specialist offshore wind farm demands.
The newbuilding was named and put into service by EMO, a subsidiary of Germany’s AG Ems Group, and its longstanding Dutch partner Van Laar Maritime at the Port Knock handling jetty west of the port of Emden on the Ems Estuary. AG Ems bought and has invested €4 million in Knock since 2001.
The partners said the ship’s 37.5m length and 8.7m width make it “ideally suitable for operation as a safety and guard vessel - in other words as a security ship for wind farms”. They added however that because of its roomy loading deck Emswind was also suited to the preliminary examination of potential wind farm sites and for supply and waste management tasks and cargo runs.
The new ship cost some €4.6 million - shared by EMO and Van Laar Marime- and was built at the Pattje Waterhuizen Shipyard near Groningen in the Netherlands. EMO Managing Director Knut Gerdes said it had been ordered even before work for it had been secured but that the move was a calculated risk “because we were able to offer customers good cost effectiveness”.
Gerdes added: “We would like to operate this ship in the North Sea and Baltic but also internationally if required. We have to follow the market”, he explained.
Emswind, with a crew of five, sails under a Bahamas flag for Van Laar and is RINA classed. It draws maximum 3.4m and is of 399gt. Its diesel-electric-gas propulsion configuration comprises three Cummins K19DM engines of combined 1454kW and a Cummins 6BTA 60kW generator driving two Veth rudder unitsType VZ-550e. Service speed is listed as 12 knots. Also from Veth is a Type VT-80 bow thruster Type VT-80.
Navigation and radio equipment includes two Furuno FAR2117 radars, a Simrad AP70 auto pilot and Furuno FA-150 AIS. Among special equipment on the ship are a fast rescue craft and an A-Frame.
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