Welsh vessel firm wins major contract with RWE

50% of fleet now dedicated to offshore wind

A multi-million pound contract for the supply of crew transfer vessels has been awarded to Turbine Transfers by RWE. Six of the company’s vessels will support construction of Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm, with some of the vessels contracted to work on the project beyond 2014.

It is the Holyhead-based company’s largest contract win to date, although its exact value has not been disclosed. Speaking with Windpower Offshore, commercial manager, Alex Davies, explained that a decision in 2008 to focus on winning offshore wind-related work has proven successful. About half of the more than 55-strong fleet owned by Turbine Transfers’ parent, Holyhead Group, is now dedicated to offshore wind projects.

The company is also supplying two vessels for RWE’s German offshore project, Nordsee Ost. Its 20m boat, Cemaes Bay, is already in action there. Turbine Transfers also has a long-term operations and maintenance (O&M) contract supporting another RWE offshore wind farm, Rhyl Flats.

Other offshore wind clients have included Siemens, Centrica, SSE, Dong Energy, Van Oord and several cable companies. Turbine Transfers’ current project list includes 630MW London Array offshore wind farm being installed in the Thames Estuary.

To date, the company has not built any of its offshore wind vessels, but this is soon to change. Sister firm, Holyhead Marine Services, already builds boats for the UK Ministry of Defence and the police force, and is building a new offshore wind farm vessel at its shipyard in Holyhead, the 19m Holyhead Bay. Completion is expected next spring.

It is not yet clear exactly which six vessels will be used to support Gwynt y Môr. It is likely to be:  20m Penrhos Bay, 21m Malltraeth Bay, 19m Holyhead Bay, 21m Tremadoc Bay, 18m Kinmel Bay, and 18m Penryn Bay.

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