SeaZip Offshore Services
Preparing for continued growth
Jan Reier Arends
Buying six new vessels within the first 6 years of business is an impressive feat. Building on that stable foundation, SeaZip Offshore Services is drawing on its experience and knowledge of the industry to expand its fleet and operational coverage even further.
Although SeaZip was established only 7 years ago, its job portfolio reads almost like a comprehensive list of North and Baltic Sea offshore wind projects. “We have worked on more than 20 offshore wind farms since 2010,” says SeaZip’s Managing Owner Jan Reier Arends. Forming the backbone of the fleet are six Damen Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 2610 vessels that were purchased in the company’s first 6 years of business. Crucially, it has been the multidisciplinary capacities of these vessels – named SeaZip 1 through to SeaZip 6 – that have enabled the company to offer a wide range of services to the biggest operators in the European offshore wind industry.
“As well as crew transfer services, these vessels can also be mobilised for supply and cargo transports, surveys, and dive support duties. And not only for the offshore wind sector – we have also completed contracts that have been focused on the oil and gas market, and salvage and wreck removal support too,” he continues. For an offshore service provider, there is one particular development that has occurred since the early days of offshore wind that has perhaps had the biggest impact on company strategy: “Projects are moving farther and farther offshore. Look at Hornsea Project One – a prime example. These projects call for capable vessels that can allow crews to stay at sea for longer periods of time. For example we have worked on guard vessel jobs where we have stayed out for 20 days at a time. In fact, in some cases, the only limiting factors to staying out at sea have been either fuel or drinking water capacity.”
It is for this reason that SeaZip is in discussions with Damen about a larger, 32-metre long, vessel. “We are looking at a new design with the intention to go farther offshore and longer offshore. To increase accommodation for crews and offshore technicians. The ideas for the new design originate from the lessons learnt from the technical and operational experience, in addition to the input from users and operators, from the FCS 2610.”
As SeaZip looks towards the future, the subject of growth plays an important role. In terms of its fleet, the company is currently chartering three additional crew transfer vessels; bringing the total number of vessels to nine. “We are also looking at the possibility of acquiring vessels from other companies to increase our fleet capacity.” Furthermore, in terms of geographical scope, the opening of new offices in UK offshore wind hub Lowestoft will set the stage for increased UK-based operations and opportunities. The reason for such a clear focus on growth can be put down to Mr Arends’ expectation of the future of offshore wind. “Until a few months ago, the market has been a bit slow,” he says. “However, it is now improving and our expectations for the coming years – concerning installation projects, in particular – are that it will be booming.”