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    ROV support vessels in demand in offshore wind sector

    News // July 5, 2013

    Subsea contractor Harkand says offshore wind developers and their main contractors are coming to the market
    for vessels to support their 2014 campaigns.

    Harkand ISS said it has had an encouraging number of enquiries relating to Relume and Loch Roag, "any one of which could give the vessels great backlog for next season.

    "The versatility, capability and cost effectiveness of both vessels make them attractive options for a range of cable and foundation-related support," said the company.

    Opportunities for DP2 multipurpose vessels are opening up on two fronts, it says. "Services that in the past have
    been run from large jack-up installation vessels are increasingly being carried out by vessels such as ours, so
    that the expensive jack-ups can get on with their main job of putting in foundations.

    "At the other end of the scale, clients with projects in deeper water and further from shore are also recognising the benefits of DP2 multipurpose vessels over the small civils-based craft that provided most of the support on inshore developments.

    "Although the day rates for these multicast and older monohulls are low, they are less capable, less efficient and ultimately more expensive than our DP2 vessels in more challenging offshore conditions.

    "The outlook for 2014 is certainly more encouraging that this year, which has been stymied by slow regulatory processes and deferred investment decisions as owners refine their development plans in response to lack of clarity over subsidies," said Harkand. "That said, there is still plenty of opportunity to pick up work through the remainder of this season if short-notice remedial requirements are on a par with previous campaigns."

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