VESSEL REVIEW | Groenewind – DEME enters windfarm maintenance sector with new SWATH vessel


A Turkish shipyard has delivered the first purpose-built windfarm service operation vessel (SOV) to be acquired by Belgian marine services company the DEME Group.

The DP2-equipped Groenewind (“Green Wind”) was designed by DEME’s in-house engineering team in close collaboration with the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN) and naval architects Vuyk Engineering Rotterdam, a subsidiary of Dutch engineering and shipbuilding firm Royal IHC. The design work was completed in compliance to Bureau Veritas class rules.

The newbuild has an LOA of 61.7 metres, a beam of 23.2 metres, a draught of 6.5 metres, a gross tonnage of 3,244, and accommodations for up to 24 windfarm technicians in addition to the core vessel crew. Power is provided by a quartet of MTU 12V4000 M23S main diesel engines that each produce 1,375 kW at 1,800 rpm.

The SOV has a prominent small waterplane area twin hull (SWATH) design, which helps maximise stability even when sailing at higher speeds in rough seas. DEME claims the newbuild is the first DP2-equipped, twin-hulled SOV in the world and the first vessel of its kind slated to serve three different offshore wind farm sites.

Compared to a traditional monohull SOV, the SWATH design ensures low impact on movements whenever the vessel approaches wind turbines and also guarantees safer crew transfers even in significant wave heights of up to 2.5 metres. The vessel’s DP2 technology means that it can hold its position in rough seas but at the same time operate with lower fuel consumption when compared to traditional SOVs. DEME said that an impressive fuel consumption reduction of up to 50 per cent can be achieved through the SWATH design compared to a monohull SOV, thus further reducing the overall cost of wind farm maintenance.

DEME added that the acquisition of Groenewind means it finally has a single vessel that can offer a range of services to customers in the offshore wind industry during each phase of wind farm construction from installation to post-commissioning maintenance.

The newbuild also has a motion-compensated gangway supplied by SMST and a daughter craft that will be utilised for crew transfer and other support duties. A waste heat recovery system is also fitted on the SOV in line with the owner’s aim of ensuring compliance with environmental considerations.

Groenewind is homeported at Oostende and is already operating under charter with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. The SOV will support operations at the Rentel and SeaMade wind farms, two of the largest facilities of their kind located off the coast of Belgium.

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Type of vessel:Service operation vessel
Classification:Bureau Veritas
Owner:DEME Group, Belgium
Designer:Vuyk Engineering Rotterdam, Netherlands; Maritime Research Institute Netherlands
Builder:unknown, Turkey
Length overall:61.7 metres
Beam:23.2 metres
Draught:6.5 metres
Gross tonnage:3,244
Main engines:4 x MTU 12V4000 M23S, each 1,375 kW at 1,800 rpm
Dynamic positioning:DP2
Other deck equipment:SMST motion-compensated gangway
Other equipment installed:Waste heat recovery system
Type of fuel:Diesel

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