Bibby Marine Services has taken delivery of its second Damen Accommodation Support Vessel (ASV) 9020, Bibby WaveMaster Horizon, at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania.
On her arrival in the North Sea, the Bibby WaveMaster Horizon will begin maintenance work off the coast of Germany on two EnBW and Enbridge-owned windfarms– Hohe See and Albatros – for Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and EnBW.
“We are very pleased to be handing over Bibby’s second ASV 9020 Walk-to-Work vessel,” said Arjen van Elk, Damen sales manager for the UK and Ireland.
“Following the celebrations of her naming ceremony earlier this year she is now fully ready to begin her first long-term contract. With two vessels in operation the ASV 9020 is most certainly a proven concept and Damen Shipyards Galati has once again demonstrated its ability to deliver sophisticated ships on time and to the highest standards.”
The build of what was to be the Bibby WaveMaster Horizon began in 2014 alongside that of its sistership, the Bibby WaveMaster 1, in anticipation of future demand. When Bibby Marine Services and Siemens Gamesa confirmed their contract at the end of 2017, Damen then accelerated construction to meet the required delivery date.
Located approximately 98 kilometres from the German coast, the 497MW Hohe See wind farm comprises 71 Siemens Gamesa 7MW wind turbines the last of which was installed at the site mid-August by Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up Blue Tern. The wind farm delivered first power mid-July.
The final turbine on the 112MW Albatros wind farm was installed in late September. The two projects are being built as one and are due to be put into operation by the end of 2019.