is in the process of painting a Service Operations Vessel (SOV) it is constructing
for Bernhard Schulte which is destined for the offshore wind sector. The
vessel was docked into Ulstein Verft's dock hall on 8 December 2019.
The hull of the vessel arrived Ulstein Verft in September 2019 and in the
last few months the work has been focused on accommodation, electrical
installations, painting of technical areas and outfitting. After the hull
had been towed into the dock hall, the exterior paint work started, while
the interior work continues.
The vessel is based on Ulstein's SX195 design and measures 93.4 metres
in length, with a beam of 18 metres. The vessel is being constructed to
support GE Renewable Energy's operations at the Merkur
offshore wind farm, off the coast of Germany.
It will accommodate up to 120 people. The design has been customised for
the tender requirements of the charterer and the ship owner’s preferred
mission equipment. It features a large, centrally positioned walk-to-work
motion compensated gangway and lift tower for personnel and cargo transfers.
The vessel also features a 3D compensated crane capable of 2-tonne cargo
lifts is available. The onboard logistics include storage capacities, of
which half are under-roof in a controlled environment, and a stepless approach
to the offshore installations. In cooperation with the ship owner, Ulstein
Design & Solutions has designed a diesel-electric propulsion system
assisted by batteries to reduce operating hours on the main engines, save
fuel, and reduce environmental footprint.
This will be the third vessel Ulstein has been designed and constructed
for Bernhard Schulte. Bernhard Schulte received two offshore wind vessels
from Ulstein in 2016 and 2017. The vessel feature Ulstein's X-STERN aft
design, which is said to improve the operational flexibility and work conditions
for the ship’s crew at offshore wind farms.
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