On the 6th of September the naming ceremony of the Bibby WaveMaster 1 took place at the cruise terminal in the Port of Rotterdam.
The naming, by Lady Sponsor Mrs Jacky Blaikie, is the culmination of a programme that began nearly four years ago to develop a vessel that could meet the needs of the offshore wind industry in an efficient, economic and environmentally-responsible way.
The Bibby WaveMaster 1 is the first of Damen’s new class of purpose-built Service Operations Vessels (SOV) with Walk-to-Work (W2W) capability. The Damen Group identified the need for such a vessel back in 2013 following consultations within the offshore renewables industry and launched a research programme that set out to develop an entirely new concept from the ground up in cooperation with a number of key suppliers. The design that came out of this process combined DP-2 and a new motion-compensated gangway with an innovative hull design, a revolutionary internal layout, and a comprehensive range of additional innovations designed to increase efficiencies and reduce costs.
In January 2016, Bibby Marine Services and Damen signed a contract for the building of the first of the new class, steel was cut for the first time just weeks later, and the new build was officially launched at Damen Shipyards Galati on 24 March 2017.