Susie S starts work on Greater Gabbard
Mon, 09 March 2015
Windwave Workboats newest vessel, 'Susie S', has started work on the Greater Gabbard wind farm having undergone modifications and design tweaks.
The aluminium catamaran was the first of Damen’s Fast Crew Supplier 2008 and first launched in June 2014. The vessel was initially put into service in Denmark providing 24 hour support for VBMS on cable laying operations on the German Butendiek wind farm. On completion of her first commercial role some modifications were carried out on her by Damen.
“She was the first in class to be built,” explained Windwave Workboats commercial director, Peter Scriven. “She mobilised from the Damen yard in Den Helder after the modifications based on the lessons learned from her first project in Denmark were carried out.”
These modifications included adding load carrying capacity on her forward transfer deck which eliminates steps to the transfer area in order to mitigate manual handling risks which, says Mr Scriven, is a concern being raised in the industry.
“She was a wet boat prior to the modifications with a lot of spray on the foredeck. The profile of the bows has now been changed and the modifications were well tested on her trip back to the UK and have eliminated the spray.”
He added: “Damen were only too happy to accommodate us and carry out the modifications.”
And he explained the reasoning behind choosing the Damen FCS 2008. “The 2610 kick started the trend for larger boats and our clients have had a lot of success in using them, however, in some of their usage scenarios they are too large which is why we went for the 2008,” he said.
“We listen carefully to our clients and understand that bigger is not always better for some of their usage scenarios but that they do have demands for vessels requiring greater performance.”
Susie S is now supporting a Siemens retrofit project, on the SSE operated Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm, fitting protective rails around the landing area on top of the nacelle for technicians arriving by helicopter.
“This is one of the few remaining sites in the UK with Siemens 3.6MW turbines that we have not previously worked on,” explained Mr Scriven. “It’s great to be given the opportunity to work on this project.”
Susie S is one of four vessels owned by Cornish based Windwave Workboats.
She is a 20m, Bureau Veritas classed catamaran utilising Damen’s Twin Axe design, powered by twin 950hp MTU diesel engines with Reintjes ZWVS 440/1 (2 speed) gearboxes with conventional fixed prop drive giving her a cruising speed of 24 knots.