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Friday, June 26, 2020 

Ulstein Verft has delivered the Service Operation Vessel ‘Windea Jules Verne’ to Bernhard Schulte Offshore, ready for work at the 66-turbine Merkur Offshore Wind farm, off the German coast, operating for GE Renewable Energy.

At the vessel’s sea trial all systems were tested, including the hybrid propulsion system, intended to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, thus contributing to greener overall operations.

The vessel is based on the SX195 design from Ulstein Design & Solutions, and measures 93.4m in length and 18m in the beam. It has accommodation for 120 people. The vessel functions as a ‘home away from home’ for offshore wind service engineers as well as the ship’s crew. Much effort has been placed in keeping comfort high for those on board. The X-Bow and X-Stern lead to softer motions in head seas, significantly reducing slamming and vibrations.

The vessel is equipped with a tower holding a personnel and equipment elevator and a heave compensated gangway for safe transferral to the offshore wind turbines for maintenance and service work. Besides the usual way of operation with the bow to the weather this vessel can move backwards with the stern first when operating infield and will as an add-on use a daughter craft to further increase the service capacity.

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