LDA and Tidal Transit ink another Saint-Nazaire contract

In: OWLVessels

The LOUIS DREYFUS ARMATEURS Group and its partner TIDAL TRANSIT have signed a new contract for a Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV) for the
Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm. It follows the signing of a contract in December 2020 with GE.

French shipyard OCEA has been selected for the construction of the new unit designed by the naval architects of MAURIC. LD Tide (a joint venture between LOUIS DREYFUS ARMATEURS and TIDAL TRANSIT) will operate the CTV for the transfer of maintenance technicians to the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm. This unit will be the third vessel to be operated by LD Tide on the future
Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm.

The 26.70 metre vessel will feature a semi-swath hull shape, designed to allow for better seakeeping performance to facilitate the transfer of technicians in rough seas (2 HS meters) and improve comfort in transit. It will be of an aluminium construction and addition of a T-Foil (load-bearing plane) to reduce fuel consumption. It will also be capable of connection to shore power during stopovers. The vessel will have the capacity to transfer 24 technicians, travel at 24 knots and transport up to 10 tons of cargo. The construction of the CTV will start in 2021 with commissioning scheduled for 2022.

In addition to this contract, two other industrial partnerships have been established by LD Tide with French companies, allowing the structuring and development of the French maritime industry dedicated to Marine Renewable Energy. The design of this new unit has been entrusted to MAURIC, a naval architecture firm based in Nantes and a member of Neopolia, while construction will be carried out by French shipyard OCEA based in La Rochelle, Sables d'Olonne, Fontenay-le-Comte and Saint-Nazaire. The CTV will sail under the French flag and will have the mission of ensuring the transfer of technicians (up to 24 technicians per crossing) between the coast and the farm for maintenance of the electrical substation and of the wind turbines in their operating phase.

“After a first contract signed with GE at the end of 2020 for two CTVs, we are particularly proud to sign a second contract for a project led by EDF Renewables and Enbridge, two leading companies in renewable energies”,
said Kamil Beffa, Deputy CEO of the LOUIS DREYFUS ARMATEURS Group. Kamil added: “This success is definitely in line with our strategy to develop activities dedicated to MRE. We are strengthening our commitment to clean and renewable energies while confirming our strategy for ever more innovative maritime solutions in terms of safety, personnel comfort and respect of the environment. Finally, we are thus proudly participating in the development and structuring of the French maritime industrial sector dedicated to offshore wind turbines, which will provide further jobs and activities through these partnerships with the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm, the naval architecture firm MAURIC and French shipbuilding company OCEA."

Olivier de La Laurencie, Director of the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm project trusts them: "The Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm, launched in mid-2019 with offshore works due to begin in February 2021, is becoming increasingly real through this new contract which announces the operation phase. We are delighted to entrust LD Tide with the construction and operation of our maintenance vessel and to mobilize both an architecture firm and a shipyard based in Pays de la Loire. As from 2022, the safe transfer of the technicians based in La Turballe to the windfarm will be ensured on a daily basis aboard this high-performance vessel."

Fabrice Ghozlan, Sales and Development Director at MAURIC, said: "After the first success of our design with GE, we are pleased that EDF Renewables and Enbridge also considered LD Tide’s offer and design as the best CTV solution. This is the result of an excellent collaboration with the LOUIS DREYFUS ARMATEURS teams and a strong investment by our naval architects to develop a specific, innovative solution with high operational and environmental performance. We hope that this new success for MAURIC in the offshore wind sector and this recognition in France will call for others in Europe and around the world ".

The 480 MW
Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm, owned by EDF Renewables and Enbridge, will be located between 12 km and 20 km off the coast of the Guerande peninsula in western France. Water depths for the installation range between 12 and 25 metres. It will consist of 80 GE Haliade 150-6MW wind turbines and is poised to be the first commercial scale project installed in French waters. The wind farm is expected to generate enough electricity to supply 20% of the Loire-Atlantique department‘s power.

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