Wind farm support vessel refined

Oil exploration to renewable energy group SeaEnergy is working up plans to build a new wind farm support vessel specially designed for the North Sea market which is being targeted for a tender due out next month.

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SeaEnergy chairman Steve Remp has told shareholders he expects a market opportunity for a specialised wind farm Offshore and Maintenance support vessel to be available by 2014.
“We have engaged with many potential customers and can confirm widespread support for our design and operational concept,” Remp reports.

Although the market opportunities for the vessel could materialise by 2014, Remp says those will be in the more benign conditions of the Baltic Sea: “To date, the only tender for such offshore wind support vessel has been for a project in the Baltic Sea,” Remp has told SeaEnergy shareholders.

“Our vessel design is specified for the more challenging wave, tide and weather conditions encountered in the North Sea, and is therefore over-specified for the more benign conditions in the Baltic. “

Remp goes on to point out that the requirement for the vessel in the North Sea – primarily in the UK or Germany – will be in 2014,   “…And we are actively preparing to participate in the first of such tenders fort the North Sea which are expected to be issued next month.” Remp says.

SeaEnergy is now progressing technical work on the O&M vessel design which includes tank testing and completion  of detailed engineering drawings “..Both of which are required to put us in a position to initiate construction of our first new-build vessel, once an initial charter has been secured,” Remp says.

Meanwhile the company is talking to potential customers about chartering an existing ship in the near-term for use this winter which would be used to demonstrate SeaEnergy’s wind farm O&M concept, and to generate earlier revenue.

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Posted on October 5, 2011, in MARINE VESSELS, North Sea, Wind and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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