The wind service operation vessel (SOV) for the Gemini offshore wind project, to be situated off the coast of the Netherlands in the North Sea, was christened today in Hamburg, Germany.
The vessel, Windea la cour, was built by Ulstein Verft Norway and will set sail this summer. Siemens, which is supplying 150 wind turbines with a capacity of 4 MW each, will service the Gemini project for a period of 15 years.
Siemens also supplied for the vessel a BlueDrive Plus C propulsion system, which helps reduce CO2 emissions and fuel consumption.
This is the third Siemens-chartered SOV to be christened so far. In June 2015, Siemens christened what it says were the offshore wind industry’s first two purpose-built SOVs: Esvagt Faraday is supporting service operations at the Butendiek offshore wind power plant in the North Sea, and Esvagt Froude is being used for service at the EnBW Baltic II wind farm in the Baltic Sea. Another SOV, also chartered by Siemens from Bernhard Schulte, will be used for service operations at the Sandbank and Dan Tysk wind projects.