Bibby Marine Services has signed long-term charter agreements with EnBW and Siemens Gamesa for a new service operation vessel (SOV) to be deployed at EnBW’s offshore wind farms Hohe See and Albatros in the German North Sea.
The agreement will see Bibby order a Bibby WaveMaster vessel at Damen Shipyards, supported by a finance package from ABN AMRO.
The vessel is expected to support operations and maintenance work for EnBW and Siemens Gamese from summer 2019 until 2029. Siemens Gamesa will take over the vessel for the first five years and EnBW for the second five-year period.
“Obtaining a long term contract was always our goal and this has taken a lot of hard work within Bibby and our key suppliers most notable Damen,” said Stephen Bolton, managing director of Bibby Marine Services.
“The new SOV allows us to optimize logistics and workflows, and drive efficiencies to meet our costs-out targets in offshore wind service,” said René Cornelis Wigmans, head of maritime and aviation solutions at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.