SOV Windea Leibniz commences service at Sandbank offshore wind farm

Wednesday, 8 March, 2017 - 12:30
Length 88 m, beam 18 m, speed 13.5 knots: The SOV Windea Leibniz from Ulstein Verft will work at the Sandbank wind farm. (Photo: Ulstein Group / Eide Studio)
Length 88 m, beam 18 m, speed 13.5 knots: The SOV Windea Leibniz from Ulstein Verft will work at the Sandbank wind farm. (Photo: Ulstein Group /Eide Studio)

The Windea Leibniz wind farm service vessel was delivered on-time from Ulstein Verft to Bernhard Schulte Offshore and ICBC Leasing and named at a ceremony in Ulsteinvik. The vessel will shortly commence service at the Sandbank offshore wind farm for Siemens.

Starting from April, the vessel will work at the Sandbank wind farm in the German Bight for Siemens Wind Power Service to ensure the production of green energy from 72 wind turbines. The vessel functions as a reliable and environmentally sound platform for wind farm operations and maintenance support, technician accommodation and transport, and the provision of exceptional levels of safe and reliable access to offshore installations.

The Windea Leibniz has been designed by Ulstein Design & Solutions AS. With a length of 88 m it accommodates 60 people and is equipped with a motion compensated gangway system (Uptime) to transfer technicians to the wind turbine.

The lady sponsor, Dai Ling, named the second wind farm service vessel of the Hamburg based shipping company Bernhard Schulte and the Beijing based financial company ICBC Leasing. The vessel carries the name of the German mathematician, philosopher and physicist Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz, who in the 17th century proposed to use wind power to operate pumps. The naming ceremony was held in Ulsteinvik, Norway, at the Ulstein Verft yard premises.

“The vessel has the X-STERN™ hull shape, which allows it to be positioned with the stern faced towards the weather instead of the bow only”, explains Matthias Müller, Managing Director of Bernhard Schulte Offshore.

Managing Director Kristian Sætre at Ulstein Verft said: “Once again, Ulstein Verft proves the ability to deliver state-of-the-art vessels to the agreed time. We look forward to seeing the vessel at work, and hear the feedback of her results when operating in the renewable market.”

Silke Funke / Ulstein Group

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