Another offshore wind farm where Wagenborg has been involved from the start, transporting all wind turbine components from the different factory yards to the onshore hub in Eemshaven, executed with a combination of vessels and barges. All loading and discharging activities were managed by the project team, and now, after ensuring safe storage of the components on her premises, Wagenborg again make sure the components can safely be delivered onto the quayside before being shipped offshore.
Waterlines in action
Developed by Veka Shipbuilding and BMT Nigel Gee especially for the offshore and wind farm industry, Royal Wagenborg was delighted to take delivery of the very first vessel of its type.
‘Waterlines’ is a unique and specialised vessel with a wide range of technical innovations developed to make the maintenance of wind turbines easier and more efficient. A new hull shape gives high stability in heavy weather and pushes the boundaries of the ship. The strong and lightweight, aluminum construction ensures safety, high speed and high performance.
The catamaran (19.40 x 7.00 m) is equipped with two, 720 kW MTU 8V 2000 engines, which deliver a maximum speed of 27 knots (approximately 50 km/h). ‘Waterlines’ can transfer 12 passengers, three crew members and three 10 ft. containers. The vessel will be deployed from Eemshaven.
Recently, ‘Waterlines’ left her homeport to work for a couple of months at the wind farm Nordsee Ost.
Being built by RWE, the wind farm is 35 km north of Helgoland. Currently 48 jacket foundations for the multi-megawatt wind turbines are being placed. ‘Waterlines’ has been chartered to transfer crew between Helgoland and the offshore work site. She will transfer divers and a Rope Access Technique (RAT) team on an almost daily basis. For Wagenborg, this project represents the first major step into the offshore crew transfer market.
|Length overall||19,40 m|
|Beam overall||7,00 m|
|Service speed||24 knots|
|Sprint speed||27 knots|
|Deck space||73 m2|
|Containers||3 x 10 ft|