DISCOVER Magazine #6

Wind Farm Service Vessel – sleep in comfort, walk to work

Published in category: Offshore Wind
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Damen’s ‘Walk-2-Work’ vessel has been designed to provide motion compensated transfers for personnel and equipment, while facilitating optimum logistic flows for carrying out maintenance and repairs for the offshore and offshore wind industry, as well as for unmanned offshore installations.

The Wind Farm Service Vessel provides in field accommodation and a large work deck for engineers involved in all phases of wind farm projects. With accommodation for 45 maintenance personnel plus 15 crew, the new vessel features an efficient work and storage space, a number of sheltered workshops, along with well-appointed accommodation facilities.

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With excellent seakeeping ability and low power consumption, the Walk-2-Work vessel will be able to remain at sea for a month. The telescopic, motion-compensated gangway and the DP system allow maintenance personnel to quickly and safely walk to and from the turbine in a range of weather conditions, including waves of up to three metres. The DP performances are tuned to the Baltic, Irish and North Sea areas. Standby, Emergency Rescue/Response and Recovery duties can also be performed.

Crews have comfortable accommodation, which includes a fitness and wellness centre and 60 single occupancy cabins. With a 90 m length overall and a beam of 20 m, the vessel features a spacious 500m² deck, a helideck and a motion and heave compensating crane.

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