Subsea service specialist, Offshore Marine Management (OMM) has instructed independent marine design consultancy BMT Nigel Gee to design a unique operation and maintenance vessel for the next phase of offshore wind farm development.
Anticipating the increasing demand for tailor-made vessels from developers and their contractors, OMM has used its experience and know-how to specify a work vessel that can fulfil numerous needs. It will cater to both subsea cabling and surface operation and maintenance requirements, including safe personnel transfer and transportation of sizeable spare parts and components.
The vessel, which can accommodate up to 40 wind farm technicians, incorporates full DPII capability, motion-compensated personnel turbine access as well as complete ROV and dive support facilities. It addresses all the facets of wind farm operation and maintenance including subsea inspections, cable remedial works, cable repair and installation capability and transportation of large items of replacement equipment such as turbine gearboxes.
OMM Managing Director Rob Grimmond said that the vessel had been designed to anticipate the next phase of operation and maintenance needs for both UK and international projects currently in development or under construction.
"We have been working in the industry for a number years, listening to the needs of clients and potential clients, and felt the time was right to put our knowledge into the development of a specialised vessel," he said. "It is important that the industry adopts advanced techniques to reduce the overall operation and maintenance costs, improve the protection of subsea assets and increase wind farm output by, for example, having technicians onsite."
"OMM understands that every wind farm is different so we have designed this vessel to be flexible enough to meet individual client requirements. We are working closely with two clients, helping them to assess their needs and develop their strategy, and will modify the design so it can be tailor-made for them," he added.
BMT Nigel Gee will also support OMM in the build and delivery of vessels.