Dutch port of IJmuiden has installed two floating jetties at the recently renovated Trawlerkade quay, thus adding 46 metres of extra berthing space for crew transfer vessels used for offshore wind farm operations and maintenance, Amsterdam IJmuiden Offshore Port (AYOP) reports.
The floating jetties will offer berths for six of Windcat Workboat’s CTVs. A wave protection barrier gives access to both pontoons via two moving walkways. The pontoons are made to give access to the vessels on main deck level. Windcat Workboats transports personnel and material from the dedicated boat landings in the IJmond harbour to offshore wind farms off the coast of IJmuiden.
The floating jetties are equipped with LED lighting, solar panels for navigation lights and connections for shore power. The green power for the jetties is supplied by Eneco, developer and owner of the Princess Amalia and Eneco Luchterduinen offshore wind farms.
AYOP says that the expansion of Trawelkade’s berthing capacity fits into the port’s strategy to position itself as a hub for offshore wind farm O&M operations as well as to help strengthen the offshore wind cluster in the region.
Back in January 2015, IJmuiden constructed three new boat landings for MHI Vestas Offshore Wind and Eneco.
MHI Vestas has a maintenance team stationed at the port, while Eneco uses offices and berthing spaces in IJmuiden for O&M activities at Princes Amalia and Eneco Luchterduinen wind farm.