Tideway Books Normand Jarstein for Merkur Works

Tideway B.V, part of the DEME Group, has entered into a charter agreement with SolstadFarstad ASA for the DP2, accommodation and walk-to-work vessel Normand Jarstein.

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The charter is due to start later next month. The vessel will be assisting during pull-in preparations, pull-in operations and cable terminations for 73 inter-array cables at the Merkur offshore wind farm, which is located approximately 45km north of the islands of Borkum, Germany, in the North Sea.

Prior to heading out to Merkur, the vessel was fitted with an Ampelmann E1000 motion compensated gangway.

The 117-metre Normand Jarstein has accommodation for up to 86 passengers, and a maximum PoB capacity of 110.

Merkur offshore wind farm, owned by Merkur Offshore GmbH, will consist of 66 GE Haliade 150-6MW wind turbines.

Tideway is in charge of the installation of the inter-array cables on the wind farm. The company will deploy its new subsea cable installation/trenching vessel Living Stone to carry out the installation works.

The wind farm is expected to be fully commissioned in 2019.