A keel-laying ceremony has been held for Bibby Marine Services’ second service operations vessel (SOV) at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania.
Scheduled for delivery in August 2019, the unnamed vessel has been contracted by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and EnBW for maintenance operations on the Hohe See and Albatros wind farms in German waters.
Combining DP-2 capability, a new motion-compensated gangway and innovative hull design, the purpose-built service operations vessel (SOV) also has walk-to-work capability.
The vessel’s name will be announced after a competition within Siemens Gamesa and EnBW.
Sister ship Bibby Wavemaster 1 was delivered last year and is working for Total E&P Netherlands to service its gas platforms in the southern North Sea.
Minor changes have been made to the warehousing layout at the charterer’s request, and the sauna has been removed to double the size of the gym. The bridge has also been reconfigured.
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