Bibby Marine Services enters offshore wind market with Damen SOVVessel & ROV News // January 18, 2016
Bibby WaveMaster 1 can work in the offshore wind and oil and gas markets.
Bibby Marine Services Limited, part of Bibby Line Group, has signed a contract with Damen Shipyards Group for delivery of its first Service Operations Vessel (SOV). The walk-to-work vessel, Bibby WaveMaster 1, will undertake offshore wind project work in the North Sea. Damen said the design "guarantees fast, safe and comfortable access to turbines... up to 80 per cent of the time, including in worst case scenario Central North Sea conditions." The vessel is capable of providing access up to 3.1m Hs.
The vessel will be used by Bibby Marine Services to serve the offshore wind industry although the design can just as easily be applied to the offshore oil and gas sectors. A host of options are available for the vessel, including an additional deck crane with up to 24 tonnes capability, tanks arrangements suited to liquids such as glycols, tanks suited to low flashpoint liquids with separate delivery intakes and facilities for dive support and ROV operations.
Stephen Blaikie, Chief Executive Officer, Bibby Marine Services Ltd, said: "We have worked very closely with Damen to custom design an access and accommodation solution that exactly meets the specific needs of windfarm operators. Bibby WaveMaster 1 will operate with the greenest possible credentials. It is designed to give operators more access, more safety and more comfort when operating and servicing their windfarms.”