E.ON has contracted ‘VOS Stone’ for logistics support and offshore accommodation at the Arkona Offshore Windfarm in Germany.
‘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.
The vessel is a state-of-the-art subsea-support walk-to-work vessel and sister vessel of VOS Start, currently employed at the Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm in the Irish Sea. Both vessels have been purpose built to support offshore operations in today’s renewable industry and walk-to-work projects in the oil & gas industry.
‘VOS Stone’ will be fitted with a motion-compensated offshore gangway and a 50T active-heave-compensated crane. She can provide accommodation for 60 client personnel. Special attention at the designing stage was paid to the client experience, resulting in comfortable cabins, recreation facilities and office spaces. Featuring a covered warehouse on the main-deck level, the vessel has the versatility to perform cargo handling and passenger transfers to and from offshore assets, such as wind turbines, offshore platforms or CTVs (crew-transfer vessels), as well as engage in subsea-support operations.
The Arkona Offshore Windfarm is located 35 kilometres northeast of the German island of Rügen. It will have a capacity of 385 megawatts (MW) generated by 60 Siemens 6MW turbines and provide electricity for up to 400,000 households in Germany from 2019.
‘VOS Stone’ will commence her charter for E.On in mid-2018.