Schottel powers new SOV for Louis Dreyfus Armateurs

“Wind of Change” is the first wind farm support vessel to be added to the fleet of Louis Dreyfus Armateurs. (Image copyright: Cemre) “Wind of Change” is the first wind farm support vessel to be added to the fleet of Louis Dreyfus Armateurs. (Image copyright: Cemre)

French shipping company Louis Dreyfus Armateurs commissioned Schottel to supply a range of propulsion systems for its first wind farm service operation vessel (SOV). The 'Wind of Change' was built at Cemre shipyard in Turkey, and will shortly enter service operating under a long-term contract with Ørsted to maintain four wind farms (Borkum Riffgrund 1 and 2 and Gode Wind 1 and 2) off the German coast.

The 83.00 m long and 19.40 m wide Wind of Change was designed by Salt Ship Design and will enable the maintenance of wind turbines by specialized farm technicians.

The vessel's propulsion system is powered by 4 x 1,600kW diesel generators, driving the electric motors of the Schottel propulsion package. Two Schottel Rudderpropellers type SRP 430 FP with an input power of 1,660 kW each and a propeller diameter of 2.40 m are installed at the stern. At the bow, two Schottel Transverse Thrusters type STT 6 FP (1,400 kW each) and one Schottel Retractable Rudderpropeller type SRP 260 R FP (800 kW) provide optimal manoeuvrability and full dynamic positioning to DP 2 standards.

Schottel's Transverse Thrusters are powerful, high-quality auxiliary drives ensuring maximum manoeuvrability based on the same design principles as the market-leading Schottel Rudderpropeller. The STT’s range of application extends from brief docking and casting-off in ports with a limited number of operating hours every year to continuous operation under extreme load conditions in demanding offshore applications with dynamic positioning. 

SCHOTTEL also secured a contract to provide the propulsion units for a second SOV vessel. The vessel will be deployed on Ørsted’s Hornsea Project Two Wind Farm off the coast of northeast England.

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