Tidal Transit’s vessel Katie Louise and her crew will work on washing the towers of the 88 wind turbines which make up the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm, located between 9-17 miles off the coast of North Norfolk in the Greater Wash.
“This is an industry cleaning project of different scale,” said Tidal Transit’s Commercial Director Leo Hambro. “Static metal structures in the salty air of the North Sea attract a range of algae, seaweed and other marine detritus that needs to be washed away.
“Our catamaran Katie Louise was designed to be a flexible vessel, and she is now being fitted-out with all the pressure washing equipment needed for this task.”
Weather permitting, the cleaning operation will start during March 2015 and it is estimated that there will be around 20 days of work, which is likely to be spread across an elapsed period of 45 days.
Leo Hambro added: “Many of the more innovative and entrepreneurial companies in East Anglia are now generating significant sales income having adapted their product and service offerings to suit the needs of the offshore wind energy industry.
“With Dudgeon, Race Bank, Triton Knoll and East Anglia Array offshore wind farms still to be constructed off the our coastline, the future looks very exciting.”
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