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Søren Nørgaard Thomsen, Managing Director of Esvagt A/S, and Henrik Olsson, Head of Siemens Service Wind EMEA, sign chartering agreement for two new state-of-the-art vessels to be specially designed and constructed for Siemens' offshore service operations in Europe. (© Siemens)
Innovative concept expected to offer significant advancements in logistics,
Søren Nørgaard Thomsen, Managing Director of Esvagt A/S, and Henrik Olsson, Head of Siemens Service Wind EMEA, sign chartering agreement for two new state-of-the-art vessels to be specially designed and constructed for Siemens' offshore service operations in Europe.
As the industry leader in offshore wind service and recognizing the benefits a specialized logistics concept could provide, Siemens has provided input to help in the vessel design and specifications over the last several months. Rather than the floating hotels that use smaller vessels or helicopters to access the turbines, the new vessels will provide direct access using an advanced hydraulic gangway system that will work to stabilize and provide safe access to the turbines at varying wave conditions. They will also include accommodations for more than 30 technicians for several weeks at a time, enabling them to live and work at the project site and to spend less time traveling to and from shore.
"With more than 20 years experience in servicing offshore wind turbines, meeting the unique challenges within an often harsh, unpredictable marine environment is our core expertise," said Tim Holt, CEO of Siemens Energy's Service Renewables business. "This new, state-of-the-art design concept has been developed with a strong focus on advancing and streamlining our offshore service operations and logistics for the benefit of our customers. Less time traveling to and from shore allows for more time at the site and a more efficient and cost-effective use of resources. Our charter agreement with Esvagt offers us the opportunity to combine our leadership position with that of an experienced ship company," continued Holt.
The vessels will be strategically positioned in close proximity to the wind turbines for easier access and more streamlined operations. Via the hydraulically stabilized gangway technicians are enabled to literally "walk to work". Moreover, an SOV has the ability to stay in the field for several weeks at a time, only needing to return to port for fueling and the replenishment of supplies and equipment. Customers will benefit from Siemens' emphasis on more effective use of resources and personnel, as well as better accessibility with less time lost waiting for a suitable weather window.
Within the framework of providing service for both wind power plants via long-term service agreements, Siemens signed the chartering contract with Esvagt A/S for the use of both service operation vessels. The construction of the vessels is scheduled to start this month at the Havyard Shipyard in Norway with launch anticipated for early 2015. When completed, each vessel will measure 84 meters in length with a maximum speed of 14 knots.
Both vessels will be built with a continuous main deck and superstructure where the accommodations for the technicians are located. Modern cabins, meeting facilities, an exercise area and entertainment options also contribute to the comfort of the service technicians who will live and work on the vessel. Each vessel will carry spare parts for wind turbine maintenance in standard 20-foot containers on the ship's cargo deck. Siemens' BlueDrive™ propulsion system will be used to reduce CO2 emissions and fuel consumption.
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Wind power and wind power service are part of Siemens' Environmental Portfolio. In fiscal 2012, revenue from the Portfolio totaled about €33 billion, making Siemens one of the world's largest suppliers of ecofriendly technologies. In the same period, our products and solutions enabled customers to reduce their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by more than 330 million tons, an amount equal to the total annual CO2 emissions of Berlin, Delhi, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, New York, Singapore and Tokyo.
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