Norwegian shipbuilder Ulstein Verft has secured an order from Germany-based Bernhard Schulte to build two service operation vessels (SOVs) for Windea.
Bernhard Schulte’s affiliate for offshore wind projects Windea Offshore has collaborated with the shipbuilder for the development of final detailed arrangements and equipment for the vessels.
These vessels will be the first in the Ulstein SX175 design for the offshore wind industry and will feature the new X-STERN hull line design, as well as the proven X-BOW, developed by Ulstein Design & Solutions.
The SOV will be capable of operating with stern or front towards wind, waves and current, increasing the operational window.
It will be able to house 60 people in single cabins. Around 40 of the cabins will be dedicated to technicians servicing wind turbines.
Bernhard Schulte business development director Matthias Müller said: "Delivery schedule reliability was our number one priority when choosing the ship yard.
"We considered several yards worldwide, but Ulstein Verft was our final choice.
"They have a solid reputation, not only on keeping to delivery schedules, but also of delivering innovative vessels of high quality."
The vessels are expected to be delivered in the second quarter of 2016 and first quarter of 2017 respectively.
The Ulstein SX175 design focuses on the enhancement of the vessel’s movements to make sure the safe transfer of technicians and equipment in connection with the operations, maintenance and servicing of wind turbines, Ulstein stated.
Image: Ulstein Verft will build two Ulstein SX175 service operation vessels for Windea. Photo: courtesy of Ulstein Group Asa.