The Netherlands based Acta Marine has ordered a wind farm construction support vessel (CSV) from Norway’s ship designer and shipbuilder Ulstein Verft.
The new DP2 vessel is primarily aimed at the offshore wind market and carries the new SX195 design from Ulstein Design & Solutions, the Norwegian company said.
“We are expanding our services and fleet for offshore wind and chose Ulstein for our new construction support vessel. The dedicated SX195 design with the X-STERN, an integrated walk-to-work gangway system and 3D crane, and its accommodation, represents a next step in responding to the market needs,” said Rob Boer, managing director in Acta Marine.
The CSV vessel is measuring 93.4 metres in length and is 18 metres wide, and can accommodate up to 120 people in 80 cabins. It will be equipped with an SMST provided Dynamic Motion Compensated Gangway system, mounted on an integrated tower with height adjustment and a personnel/cargo lift.
Additionally, the vessel features a 3D-motion compensated crane with 6t lifting capacity. Cargo area is 500 square metres indoors, and 500 square metres outdoors. The vessel shall provide for walk-to-work transfer of personnel and cargo, efficient and safe in significant wave-heights (Hs) up to 3 metres, Ulstein said.
Acta’s new CSV can take on assignments in commissioning and construction in the offshore wind farm installation phase, and perform maintenance tasks on completed wind farms. The vessel is scheduled for delivery in early 2018.
“Together with Acta Marine, we have developed a state-of-the-art vessel, and we are ready to build a vessel that will serve the owner well in the offshore wind industry,” said Kristian Sætre, managing director at Ulstein Verft.