Offshore Marine Management commissions unique O&M vesselVessel & ROV News // July 6, 2010
OMM's DP2 vessel will have a motion compensated access system.
Offshore Marine Management (OMM) in the UK has instructed independent marine design consultancy BMT Nigel Gee to design a unique operation and maintenance vessel for the next phase of offshore wind farm development.
Anticipating the increasing demand for tailor-made vessels from developers and their contractors, OMM has used its experience and know-how to specify a work vessel that can fulfil numerous needs. It will cater to both subsea cabling and surface operation and maintenance requirements, including safe personnel transfer and transportation of sizeable spare parts and components.
The vessel, which can accommodate up to 40 windfarm technicians, incorporates full DP2 capability, motion-compensated personnel turbine access as well as complete ROV and dive support facilities. It addresses all the facets of windfarm operation and maintenance including subsea inspections, cable remedial works, cable repair and installation capability and transportation of large items of replacement equipment such as turbine gearboxes.
OMM Managing Director Rob Grimmond said that the vessel had been designed to anticipate the next phase of operation and maintenance needs for both UK and international projects currently in development or under construction.
“We have been working in the industry for a number years, listening to the needs of clients and potential clients, and felt the time was right to put our knowledge into the development of a specialised vessel,” he said.
“It is important that the industry adopts advanced techniques to reduce the overall operation and maintenance costs, improve the protection of subsea assets and increase windfarm output by, for example, having technicians onsite.”
“OMM understands that every windfarm is different so we have designed this vessel to be flexible enough to meet individual client requirements. We are working closely with two clients, helping them to assess their needs and develop their strategy, and will modify the design so it can be tailor-made for them,” he added.
BMT Nigel Gee will also support OMM in the build and delivery of vessels.