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15.12.2014 - Third German-flagged catamaran “WINDEA three” enters service.

On 15 December 2014, a launching ceremony was held at the terminal in Emden’s outer harbour for a further WINDEA catamaran that is entering service under the German flag. The ship’s godmother Miranda van Laar-Prikkel, wife of co-partner Paul van Laar from IJmuiden in the Netherlands, gave the “Twin Axe Bow” type catamaran from Damen Shipyards the name “WINDEA three” and wished: “Safe voyages for the crew and always a handbreadth of water under the keel for the ship.” This manoeuvrable Crew Transfer and Service Vessel, CTSV for short, will be transporting both personnel and materials to the offshore wind farms.
Three operating partners have equal shares in the company Schifffahrtsgesellschaft Windea CTV Three GmbH & Co. KG. These are SSC Wind EMEA GmbH, Ems Maritime Offshore GmbH (EMO and Van Laar Beheer BV from the Dutch town of IJmuiden. Thanks to their joint commitment, this long-standing close collaboration and the productive cooperation already achieved with the “WINDEA TWO” have now been extended even further. For these three companies, the investment in the catamaran “WINDEA THREE” means a steady continuation of their involvement in the offshore wind market segment.

“WINDEA three” is in fact the third newly constructed vessel in the space of 15 months. “Since the first ship came into service in September of last year, the CTSVs have not been inactive for a single day. This fact speaks both for the technical concept of the ship and for the good performance of the seafaring crew,” explained Knut Gerdes, CEO of EMO.

Hinrich Eden, managing director of SSC Wind EMEA, also pointed to the smooth cooperation with Laar Beheer BV and EMO. “We have had close connections with AG EMS Group since 2009, and this is reflected in the partnership-based operations and successful joint ventures such as WINDEA Offshore and the helicopter activities with Northern Helicopter,” said Eden. “Small and medium-sized enterprises can only be successful on the steadily expanding international market if they continue to cluster their characteristic know-how and skills without losing their competitive qualities, such as speedy responses and their proximity to operational processes. The SME sector must remain a motor for new, globalizing markets, too,” he added.

The new vessel has a large foredeck that is some 90 square metres in size and, depending on passengers and the amount of fuel in its tank, it can accommodate between 10 and 15 tonnes of cargo. Normally, however, it is used to ferry personnel and is licensed for up to 24 service workers. In this role the ship moves its bow up to the wind turbine and lets technicians reach the service platform by means of a ladder.

The ship of type DAMEN FCS 2610 operates under German flag and has the following features:

  • Length 26 m
  • Width 10 m
  • Max. speed 25 kn
  • 24 service technicians
  • 90 m² deck surface
  • Crane 2.2 t

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