The Walk to Work vessel is expected to be delivered in early 2015 by shipyard Royal Niestern Sander. The vessel will be operated by Wagenborg on the southern North Sea for NAM and Shell UK for the next 10 years.
The industry is facing a changing offshore world. With an emphasis on safety and sustainability, the so-called ‘small gas field policy’ and a drive for reducing operational costs, the Walk to Work vessel will play an important role in the offshore operations of NAM and Shell UK. The vessel will be engaged in planned and breakdown activities, platform bunkering and well startups. Minor modifications will also be part of the scope.
Together NAM and Shell UK operate 56 offshore locations, which need to be maintained by specialised maintenance and service crews. Currently, these crews are mostly transported by helicopter - a transport method with a lot of limitations. The helicopter is only allowed to fly in daylight and can only transport up to 10 people per flight. This results in high costs and high CO2 emissions, while the productive time of the service teams is limited.
The vessel’s base ports are located in The Netherlands (Den Helder) and the United Kingdom (Great Yarmouth). However, the vessel has to be on site as long as possible and only return to these ports to maintain operational readiness, carrying out duties such as crew changes, bunkering, repairs and supplies.