Germans finish off Korean newbuilds

27 Feb 2012
‘Victoria Mathias’ on ‘Eagle’ at LWB

‘Victoria Mathias’ on ‘Eagle’ at LWB

Wind farm installation vessels ‘Victoria Mathias’ and ‘Friedrich Ernestine’ are being finished off at Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven (LWB) in work which local reports said would last two to three months, writes Tom Todd.

The 100m long and 40m wide vessels, classed by GL as self-elevating, special purpose ships, were completed by Daewoo last year at a cost of about €100million apiece for Essen-based RWE Innogy. They arrived in Bremerhaven this month after being transported from South Korea on the 200m long Norwegian heavy-lift semi-submersibles Eagle and Falcon.

The DP2 rated newbuilds, designed by Wärtsilä and IMS, displace 13,400tons and are propelled by six 1,600kW Rolls-Royce AQM UL2011FP azimuth fixed-pitch propeller retractable thrusters. They also boast 1,000ton capacity Liebherr heavy lift cranes Type BOS 35000

RWE described the work being carried out on the ships as “final preparations”, but gave no further details. German media however reported that faulty metal castings discovered during GL inspections in South Korea had delayed hand-over. The reports said owners, GL and builders had agreed to replace the castings at LWB.

Friedrich Ernestine will build the Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm off Wales from October. Victoria Mathias will build the Nordsee Ost wind farm in German waters off the island of Helgoland.

Germany’s Hochtief Solutions meanwhile is also increasing its clout in the wind farm installation ship sector. It has ordered the 136.5m long and 41m wide Vidar from Poland’s Crist shipyard for service from next year.

Vidar joins Innovation, Thor and Odin and boasts a 1,200ton crane, a loading capacity of up to 6,500tonnes and unspecified Diesel-electric propulsion of 20,000kW providing up to 12 knots. Hochtief said she would be “one of the most powerful lifting vessels in Northern Europe”.

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