Ulstein delivers Merkur Service Operation Vessel

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Ulstein Verft has delivered the Service Operation Vessel (SOV) Windea Jules Verne to Bernhard Schulte Offshore GmbH. The hybrid vessel will work at the Merkur offshore wind farm where she will be operating for GE Renewable Energy.

At the vessel’s sea trial, all systems were tested included the hybrid system. The vessel for Bernhard Schulte is based on the ULSTEIN SX195 design from Ulstein Design & Solutions AS, which measures 93.4 metres in length and 18 metres in the beam. It has accommodation for 120 people. The vessel functions as a ‘home away from home’ for numerous offshore wind service engineers as well as the ship’s crew.

Ulstein stated much effort has been placed in keeping comfort high for those on board. The X-BOW and X-STERN design leads to softer motions in head seas, reducing slamming and vibrations. There are also several lounges in close connection to the mess room, a gaming room, a library, saunas and an exercise room.

The vessel is equipped with a tower holding a personnel and equipment elevator and a heave compensated gangway for safe transferral to the offshore wind turbines for maintenance and service work. Besides the usual way of operation with the bow to the weather this vessel can move backwards with the stern first when operating infield and will as an add-on use a daughter craft to further increase the service capacity.

Merkur is a 396 MW project located about 35 km north of the island of Borkum in the German North Sea. It features 66 GE Haliade 160-6MW turbines, the last of which was installed in September 2018. The array is expected to generate enough green energy to supply approximately 500,000 households per year. It is also one of the largest German projects to finish construction.

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