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OWI 01/2016 - Teaser

news Bibby and Damen to build SOV Bibby Marine Services Ltd. has signed a contract with shipbuilder Damen Shipyards for a purposebuilt SOV to serve the offshore wind market. Bibby WaveMaster 1 is a custom- designed Service Operations Vessel (SOV) with an overall length of 90 m. The vessel is built on a stable DP-2 (Dynamic Positioning) platform. It will be equipped with a motion compensated walk to work access and 60 high quality accommodation berths. Equipment will be securely transferred by way of the heave compensated offshorerated knuckle boom crane. “The aim is to enable offshore wind operators to work more efficiently, more safely and in maximum comfort, for periods of up to 30 days at a time”, says Stephen Blaikie, Chief Executive Officer at Bibby Marine Services Ltd. “The development of this vessel has started with a blank sheet of paper, as opposed to being an evolved Bibby WaveMaster 1 is designed especially for the offshore wind industry. Green light for East Anglia ONE 8 offshore Wind Industry 1|2016 version of an existing design”, says Damen Business Development Manager Peter Robert. Bibby Wave- Master 1 is being built at Damen’s Shipyards Galati in Romania and is expected to launch in mid 2017. Blaikie explains the thinking behind this latest Bibby investment: “Having served the maritime industry for over 200 years, Bibby’s ongoing success lies in staying one step ahead, recognising new opportunities and leading with innovative solutions. Bibby WaveMaster 1 represents our first step toward becoming a major player in the offshore wind access and accommodation sector.” ScottishPower Renewables made its final investment decision for East Anglia ONE. When built, the 714 MW project will be one of the largest of the world. East Anglia ONE will see around 102 wind turbines installed in the southern North Sea, approx. 26 miles off the coast. The overall investment will be in the region of £  2.5 billion. Construction is planned to commence in 2017, with the first turbines installed by 2019, and hopes that the project will be fully operational during 2020. As well as creating up to 3,000 jobs during construction, East Anglia ONE will spend at least 50  % of the total investment in the UK. The project will bring substantial investment to the local economy, including a £ 25 million deal with the Port of Lowestoft to be the home of the wind farm for 30-plus years. Graphic: Bibby Marine Services


OWI 01/2016 - Teaser
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