Spanish shipbuilders Astilleros Gondan has been contracted to build a second Rolls Royce-designed service operation vessel (SOV) for Østensjø Rederi.
The repeat order is for a new ship design from Rolls Royce developed specifically to support operations in shallow waters at offshore windfarms.
The new design for offshore windfarm support has a high focus on seakeeping capabilities, station keeping performance, improved comfort and safety on board, and reduced fuel consumption.
The first wind farm vessel contract to Astilleros Gondan was announced in October 2015 and both vessels will serve as the base for wind turbine technicians while they perform maintenance work on offshore windfarms.
A motion compensated gangway system with an adjustable pedestal will be installed to ensure safe operations and optimal uptime. The first vessel ordered will work on Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm, while the second will work on the Hornsea Project One wind farm, both off the coast of the UK.
As well as designing the vessel, Rolls Royce will supply the diesel electric main machinery, consisting of frequency controlled electric driven azimuth thrusters, mounted transverse thrusters, DP2 dynamic positioning system, power electrical system, deck machinery, and the latest generation Acon automation and control system.
The vessel will support wind farm operations for DONG Energy.