The contract has a total scope of four boats; two work boats and two fast rescue crafts (FRC). The contract was won in sharp competition with international suppliers. Wind power support vessels has proved to be an attractive market for Maritime Partner.
“We are very proud to have won this prestigious contract. Østensjø Rederi is a highly competent and demanding client, with high ambitions in the wind power industry. We have had a good cooperation throughout the development phase and that has resulted in state of the art boats” says Sindre Kleive, Area Sales Manager for Maritime Partner AS.
The wind farm work boats are a brand new concept developed for transporting service technicians and cargo from the motherships to the wind turbines. The design is named ALUSAFE 1150 WF (Wind Farm.) The rescue boats are of WEEDO 700 FRC design, one of Maritime Partners popular open boat designs from the offshore industry.
“We have worked towards this market for about two years with focus on developing designs together with operators in the industry. This is a strategically important market and we are pleased to finally see the results of our efforts,” says Sindre Kleive.
Østensjø Rederi had their breakthrough in the wind power industry last October, when they signed a contract with Danish energy giant Dong Energy for charter of a new specialized ship of Rolls-Royce UT 540 WP Design. The ship is used for maintenance and service of wind turbines on the “Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm” which is located about 17 nautical miles off the coast of Norfolk, England.
The second ship from Østensjø Rederi will function as a service-vessel in the “Hornsea”-project, a wind farm located about 75 nautical miles off the coast of Yorkshire, England. Maritime Partner will deliver one ALUSAFE 1150 WF and one FRC to each ship.
While developing the design it has been a priority to ensure seaworthiness, maneuverability and operational reliability, while maintaining a high level of comfort for the technicians. ALUSAFE 1150 WF will be equipped with a Volvo Penta IPS (Inboard Performance System) propulsion system. Strong maneuverability, improved acceleration, user-friendliness and easy service access are amongst the favored properties of this system.
The first two vessels will be delivered in September 2017 and the next two will be delivered in May 2018
This contract with Østensjø Rederi is a milestone in our 22-year long history,” says Gisle Anderssen, Sales and Marketing Director of Maritime Partner.
“Being able to win strategically important contracts in new market segments is a sign that our boats are associated with high quality, and we are proud that our customers bring our boats into new markets.”