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Wednesday, December 18, 2019 

Ulstein Yard No 315, the offshore wind industry service operation vessel 'Windea TBN' for Bernhard Schulte, has been moved into the covered dock hall at Ulstein Verft and the paint process is currently well underway.

The hull of the vessel arrived at Ulstein Verft in September 2019 and work has been focused on accommodation, electrical installations, painting of technical areas and outfitting. After the hull had been towed into the dock hall, the exterior paint work started, while the interior work continues.

This is Bernhard Schulte's third vessel to have been designed and constructed by Ulstein. The X-Stern, developed by Ulstein, is said to be well suited for the offshore wind service industry. With all main equipment and operations in the aft ship, a vessel of this type will naturally operate astern while in-field. The X-STERN design reduces slamming and subsequent vibrations from head seas, and improves rest and onboard comfort.

The first two vessels for Bernhard Schulte were of the SX175 design, while the latest is to the larger SX195 design, measuring 93.4m in length.

The design has been customised for the tender requirements of the charterer and the ship owner’s preferred mission equipment. It has a large, centrally positioned walk-to-work motion compensated gangway and lift tower for personnel and cargo transfers. Furthermore, a 3D compensated crane is available. The optimised on-board logistics includes large storage capacities, of which half is under cover in a controlled environment, and stepless approach to the offshore installations.

In cooperation with the ship owner, Ulstein Design & Solutions has designed a hybrid diesel-electric propulsion system assisted by batteries to reduce operating hours on the main engines, save fuel and reduce environmental footprint.

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