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Tuesday, April 28, 2020 

French shipping company Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA) has selected Schottel to supply propulsion systems for its second wind farm service operation vessel, currently under construction at Cemre shipyard in Turkey.

The new ship, designed by Salt Ship Design, is to be named Wind of Hope, and is a sister ship to Wind of Change. It is due to enter service in 2021 operating under a long-term contract with Danish energy company Ørsted.

The propulsion system is based on four diesel generators, which drive the electric motors of the Schottel propulsion package. Two Schottel Rudderpropellers type SRP 430 FP, each with an input power of 1,660kW and a propeller diameter of 2.4m, are installed at the stern. Two Schottel Transverse Thrusters type STT 6 FP (1,400kW each) at the bow and one Schottel Retractable Rudderpropeller type SRP 260 R FP (880kW) will enable manoeuvrability during dynamic positioning of the DP 2-compliant vessel.

The Wind of Hope will provide modern accommodation (individual cabins with sea view and video on demand, a gym and a cinema, etc.) for more than 60 technicians for several weeks at a time. As is the case with its sister vessel Wind of Change, the technicians will be safely transferred to the wind turbines by means of a daughter craft in good weather. A dynamic motion compensated gangway will allow for a fast and secure transfer of the personnel in heavy seas.

The 83m long and 19.4m wide vessel will support the Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm off the coast of England.

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