Maritime Partner breaks into offshore wind sectorYard News // November 1, 2016
Norwegian boatbuilder Maritime Partner has secured its first contract in the offshore wind industry. The well known Norwegian boatbuilder has signed a contract with the Spanish shipyard Astilleros Gondan for the delivery of four boats. They will be installed on two service operation vessels (SOVs) working in the offshore wind energy industry. The SOVs were ordered by the Norwegian shipowner Østensjø Rederi.
Maritime Partner will build two workboats and two fast rescue craft (FRCs) for the vessels. It says the contract was won in sharp competition with international suppliers.
“We are very proud to have won this prestigious contract. Østensjø Rederi is a demanding client with ambitions in the wind power industry. We have had a good cooperation throughout the development phase and that has resulted in state-of-the-art boats,” said Sindre Kleive, an area sales manager for Maritime Partner.
The windfarm workboats will transport service technicians and cargo from the motherships to wind turbines. The workboats are designated Alusafe 1150 WF (Wind Farm.) The rescue boats are of Weedo 700 FRC design and based on Maritime Partner's popular open boat designs from the offshore oil and gas industry.
“We have worked towards this market for about two years with a focus on developing designs together with operators in the industry. This is a strategically important market and we are pleased to finally see the results of our efforts,” said Mr Kleive.
The Alusafe 1150 WFs will be equipped with a Volvo Penta IPS propulsion system and are designed to be highly manoeuvrable, fast, user-friendly and easy to service and maintain.
"This contract with Østensjø Rederi is a milestone in our 22-year long history,” said Gisle Anderssen, sales and marketing director at Maritime Partner. “Being able to win strategically important contracts in new market segments is a sign that our boats are associated with high quality."