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Dual-purpose vessels proving popular in offshore wind industry

Wed 13 Sep 2017 by David Foxwell

Dual-purpose vessels proving popular in offshore wind industry
VOS Stone is a sister vessel to VOS Start, shown here

Having secured a contract for its first subsea/walk-to-work vessel VOS Start in the offshore wind industry, Vroon has also secured work in the sector for the second ship in the class.

In August, VOS Start started work for MHI Vestas Offshore Wind on the Walney Extension offshore windfarm, providing offshore logistic support, accommodation and walk-to-work services during construction of the windfarm.

Now, the company has confirmed that Eon has contracted sister vessel VOS Stone for logistics support and offshore accommodation at the Arkona offshore windfarm in Germany. VOS Stone will commence the charter for Eon in mid-2018.

VOS Stone was delivered to Vroon by Fujian Southeast Shipbuilding, China in July 2017. The vessel will undergo final outfitting works in the Netherlands and be ready to commence operations in the North Sea from November 2017.

Like VOS Start, and as highlighted recently by our sister journal, OSJ, the vessel is a subsea support walk-to-work vessel able to work in the offshore oil and gas and offshore wind industries. Like her sister vessel, VOS Stone will be fitted with a motion-compensated offshore gangway and a 50-tonne active-heave-compensated crane. The vessel can provide accommodation for 60 clients.

The company said particular attention had been paid to the “client experience” on board the vessels, with comfortable cabins, recreation facilities and office spaces. With a covered warehouse on the main-deck level, the vessel has the versatility to undertake cargo handling and passenger transfers to and from offshore assets, such as wind turbines, offshore platforms or crew transfer vessels, as well as engage in subsea-support operations.

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