Louis Dreyfus Armateurs and Tidal Transit forge CTV alliance

In: Vessels
16/12/2020
LDA

The Louis Dreyfus Armateurs Group (LDA) and Tidal Transit have signed a contract with GE Renewable Energy (GE) for two Crew Transfer Vessels (CTVs) for the
Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm. French shipyard OCEA has been selected for the construction of these new innovative units designed by the naval architects of MAURIC.

LD Tide (a joint venture between LDA and Tidal Transit) will operate the two CTVs for the transfer of maintenance technicians to the wind farm.


Following a call for tenders, GE selected LD Tide for two innovative CTVs, allowing the structuring and development of the French maritime industry dedicated to Renewable Marine Energy. In addition to this contract, two other industrial partnerships have indeed been established with French companies. The design of these three units has been entrusted to MAURIC, a naval architecture firm based in Nantes, while construction will be carried out by the French shipyard OCEA.


The two CTVs will sail under the French flag and will have the mission of ensuring the transfer of technicians (24 offshore wind technicians per crossing) between the coast and the farm for wind turbines maintenance. Construction of the two CTVs will start in 2021, with commissioning scheduled for 2022.


“We are particularly proud of this first partnership with GE, a leading company in renewable energies”,
said Kamil Beffa, Deputy CEO of the LOUIS DREYFUS ARMATEURS Group. “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 more innovative maritime solutions in terms of comfort, personnel safety and respect of the environment. We are also very proud to participate in the development and structuring of the French maritime industrial sector dedicated to offshore wind turbines, which will provide further jobs and activities through our partnerships with GE Renewable Energy Offshore Wind, naval architecture firm MAURIC and French shipbuilding company OCEA."


Leo Hambro, Commercial Director of TIDAL TRANSIT, added: “We are delighted to have created a new company in France with Louis Dreyfus Armateurs. With ten years of experience in the offshore wind industry, Tidal Transit has built a solid reputation for delivering the best vessels with the best crew at a competitive price. Despite our late arrival in the sector in the United Kingdom, we are very happy to take part in this large-scale development phase in France, with a renowned local partner such as Louis Dreyfus Armateurs. We are delighted to bring our experience in the operation and delivery of innovative access solutions. MAURIC's design will bring additional efficiency gains that are yet to be seen in the market and we look forward to introducing it to the whole industry."


“We are very pleased with this new partnership with LD Tide”,
said Sebastian Mertens, Director of Service Offshore Wind at GE Renewable Energy Offshore Wind. “We are convinced that a long-term collaboration at a local level, with the aim of bringing the latest technologies to this first large-scale offshore wind project in French waters, is a formula for success. A combination of high performance and high standards to achieve the lowest possible environmental footprint is the way forward in our industry.”


Elvis Sahmanovic, Director of Maritime Transport and Mobility at OCEA, stated: “We are very proud that the Louis Dreyfus Armateurs Group has decided to trust OCEA for the construction of the 3 CTVs. This is a first between the LDA Group and OCEA, which has been able to provide a competitive offer thanks to its expertise in ship construction, particularly for offshore maritime services. These are the first 3 CTVs to be delivered to the French MRE industry and we hope they will be the introduction to a long series.”

Fabrice Ghozlan, Sales and Development Director at MAURIC, said: "It is a great pride for the entire MAURIC team to be the naval architects of the CTVs which will operate on the first French wind farm. It is the result of a strong investment by MAURIC and an excellent collaboration with Louis Dreyfus Armateurs’ teams who trusted us by choosing a specific, innovative design with high operational and environmental performance thanks to its T-foil and hybrid pack. This project fits perfectly into MAURIC’s DNA: always offering innovative, efficient vessel designs with the smallest possible environmental footprint."


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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