Maersk Supply Service has announced a new collaboration with GustoMSC to create a next generation wind installation vessel that will serve the growing offshore wind market in Europe.
This new vessel will build on the same patent and features of the feeder concept developed for the US Jones Act offshore wind market
The design will allow the lifting wind installation vessel to remain on site at the wind farm while tugboats and barges travel back and forth from the port to collect the wind turbine tower, nacelle and blades.
According to Maersk Supply Services, the concept is cost-effective and expected to be more than 30% more efficient than traditional jack-up vessels. The concept will also be less weather dependent and allow for continuous installations year-round, which will improve operational efficiencies and reduce the cost of offshore wind generation.
“As the wind installation vessel does not call at ports itself, this can solve some of the bottlenecks we are currently seeing in Europe, where few ports are large enough to handle the growing wind turbine sizes. We look forward to working with GustoMSC to complete this new base design,” says Jonas Munch Agerskov, Chief Commercial Officer at Maersk Supply Service.
GustoMSC, a subsidiary of NOV, brings decades of offshore experience and design know-how to this partnership. “Together we want to further improve the installation efficiency and the development economics in the market for ground-fixed offshore wind energy,” says GustoMSC Managing Director Nils van Nood.
Maersk Supply Service and GustoMSC will begin the basic design process shortly and expect to complete it later this year.
Maersk Supply Service is currently in the process of building its first Wind Turbine Installation Vessel (WTIV) after being selected by Equinor and BP as the preferred supplier for their US Empire Wind development. The WTIV on order was designed in-house by Maersk Supply Service and will work in conjunction with Jones Act compliant feeder vessels supplied and operated by Kirby Corporation.
Maersk Supply Service intends to order a second WTIV after winning an additional contract to install wind turbines from Equinor and BP for their Beacon Wind project off Nantucket, Massachusetts.