Uptime will manufacture the active-motion-compensated gangway for the vessel being designed and built by Norwegian shipbuilder Havyard for developers Statoil, Statkraft and Masdar.
The walk-to-work system allows technicians to move between the vessel and turbines by foot. It is able to land at several heights meaning it can be used on different turbines. The gangway is expected to be fitted to the vessel in early 2016.
This is the first specialist service operation vessel to be contracted for use at an offshore wind farm in the UK. As projects move further from shore more developers are looking to use these vessels that can house greater numbers of technicians.
Siemens has been contracted to provide a number of service operation vessels for projects in German waters.
Dudgeon is located 32 kilometres off the east coast of England.
The vessel will have a length of 83.7 metres and a width of 17.6 metres. It will accommodate up to 60 people of which up to 40 can be technicians and service personnel used for the maintenance of the wind farm.