Today the second walk-to-work ship of Wagenborg Offshore was put into service under the name ‘Kasteelborg’.
The vessel has been converted from a standard offshore supply vessel to this specialized walk-to-work vessel in just 12 weeks at the Royal Niestern Sander shipyard.
‘Kasteelborg’ will support the offshore activities on the southern North Sea under a 6-year contract with NAM and SHELL UK. The so-called ‘Walk-to-Work Emergency Response and Rescue Vessel’ will act as a standby and support vessel for inspection and maintenance of the unmanned platforms in both Dutch and British waters.
The ‘Kasteelborg’ will be deployed together with ‘Kroonborg’ for the maintenance of the dozens of unmanned platforms of NAM / Shell UK. The original idea of the ‘Kroonborg’ was to have all the major maintenance carried out. However, in practice the vessel was often used for unscheduled interventions at other platforms. This made it impossible in practice to carry out maintenance according to a long-term planning. ‘Kasteelborg’ will therefore, next to ‘Kroonborg’, be deployed on this ad-hoc work. The cooperation between ‘Kroonborg’ and ‘Kasteelborg’ is a unique combination in the world of offshore maintenance.