Ulstein painting Bernhard Schulte SOV

by Tom Russell in Vessels 18/12/2019 Ulstein

Ulstein 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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