Damen Shipyards is to construct a renewables service vessel to a brand-new design for offshore wind service provider Delta Marine.
The new Damen Renewables Service Vessel (RSV) 3315 design was developed in cooperation with Scotland-based Delta Marine, which expects to take delivery of the ship in early 2017.
“For the last couple of years we’ve been working on this new design with Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld,” said Dave McNaughtan, Delta Marine’s general manager . “We came up with concepts – gave them to Damen, who would put those ideas on the drawing board. They gave their expertise – adding the engineering for example – and then came back to us.”
The design evolved from that of a conventional multi-cat vessel, he continued: “We have changed the design by moving the wheelhouse forward and leaving the aft deck open. Crucially, we’ve managed to keep it under the 500-tonne mark. This was a critical factor – one that will help keep the costs down.”
The RSV 3315 (artist’s impression pictured) will be able to take on work usually performed by larger offshore construction vessels, McNaughtan said.
The vessel will have full DP2 capability with two large HS Marine cranes and a four-point mooring system. Its wide deck will enable Delta Marine to install a cable-lay carousel, work-class ROVs or cable trenching machines onboard.
The hull will be fabricated in Poland and the final outfitting process will be done by Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld in the Netherlands. No price was disclosed for the order.