Bibby WaveMaster 1 Service Operations Vessel, United Kingdom


Bibby Wavemaster 1

Bibby WaveMaster 1 is the first walk-to-work service operations vessel (SOV) being built by Damen Shipyards Group. The custom-designed vessel will be delivered to Bibby Marine Services.

The contract to build the SOV was awarded to Damen in January 2016. The vessel construction began with the steel-cutting ceremony in February 2016. Upon its delivery in mid-2017, the vessel will be deployed in offshore wind projects in the North Sea.

Bibby WaveMaster 1 design

The mono-hull vessel is based on Damen's ASV 9020 design. It is designed to operate with maximum efficiency, while providing a high level of comfort for the crew.

The vessel will feature a long hull form to enable bow thruster integration. The V-shaped bow section will reduce slamming and improve the offshore operation of the bow thrusters. The V-shaped frames in the aft of the vessel and a concentration of volume in the centre of the hull will also result in a slender aft, ensuring comfortable stern to wave operations.

The vessel will have an overall length of 90m, moulded beam of 20m, moulded depth of 8m and summer draught of 6.3m. The deadweight of the vessel will be 2,400t.

Navigation and communication systems

Bibby WaveMaster 1 will be equipped with X-band and S-band navigation radars, an electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS), an area A3 global maritime distress and safety system (GMDSS), and a DP-2 dynamic positioning system with radar scan, laser and differential global position reference systems (DGPS) to accurately keep the ship on course.

Deck equipment and systems on Bibby WaveMaster 1

The service operations vessel will offer a deck area of 470m², which can accept a deck load of 600t with vertical centre of gravity (VCG) 1m above the deck.

The deck will be fitted with an electric-hydraulically operated anchor mooring winch with a rope drum and two warping heads, two electrically operated capstans with a hold force of 5t each, and a knuckle boom deck crane with a safe working load (SWL) of 5t. The crane will use active heave compensation (AHC) system.

The ship will feature a helicopter landing spot at forward bow section. The helicopter deck will support the operations of a single helicopter with a take-off weight of up to 12t. The Tuco Marine Pro zero 11m wind farm service boat is an optional daughter craft vessel.

Propulsion system

The diesel-electric propulsion will integrate two main 690V diesel engines and two 2,150kW electric motors driving two azimuth thrusters with fixed pitch propellers, and two 860kW fixed and one 860kW retractable bow thrusters.

"Upon its delivery in mid-2017, the vessel will be deployed in offshore wind projects in the North Sea."

The vessel will have a normal speed of 13k and an economical speed of 12k at 4.80m draught. It will be capable of remaining at sea for a period of 30 days.

Auxiliary equipment will include four 6,434ekW main generator sets and a 238ekW emergency generator. The configuration of the diesel-electric propulsion with azimuth stern drives and a systematic wind profile will improve the fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.

Accommodation onboard the SOV

BibbyWaveMaster 1 will accommodate 15 crew members and 45 special personnel. The cabins will be furnished with internet, telephone and satellite television. It will also feature offices, a conference room, recreation day rooms, a reception room, a hospital, a drying room and a changing room.

The accommodation areas will be located amidships to minimise the vertical acceleration by approximately 15%.