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26th October 2017 Iberdrola successfully installs all 70 wind turbines at Wikinger offshore wind farm

Iberdrola has successfully installed the 70 wind turbines comprising Wikinger offshore wind farm, the renewable infrastructure which the company is building in German waters of the Baltic Sea. It is a new and significant milestone for the project as it enters the final phase for the plant’s commissioning, having completed the installation of the offshore substation and the inter-array cables connecting the ...

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Iberdrola has successfully installed the 70 wind turbines comprising Wikinger offshore wind farm, the renewable infrastructure which the company is building in German waters of the Baltic Sea.

It is a new and significant milestone for the project as it enters the final phase for the plant’s commissioning, having completed the installation of the offshore substation and the inter-array cables connecting the wind turbines with the substation. 50Hertz, the transmission system operator responsible for connecting offshore wind farms in the German Baltic Sea to the mainland, is currently performing with highest priority the final cable laying works and the technical tests in order to be able to transport the electricity from Wikinger in a reliable manner to the consumer centres.

Iberdrola, Adwen and key subcontractor Fred. Olsen Windcarrier have met all the strict deadlines set for the construction of Wikinger, overcoming the technological challenges associated to an engineering work of this magnitude and the difficulties derived from extreme weather conditions during the winter months.

A flagship project 

With an investment of close to €1.4 billion, Wikinger has 350 megawatts (MW) installed capacity and it will generate clean energy equivalent to avoiding the emission of 600,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere per year.

This facility, located off the north-eastern coast of the island of Rügen, will supply some 350,000 German households, representing more than 20% of the energy demand in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the region where the wind farm is located.

The AD 5-135 turbines, with 5 MW unit capacity each, were manufactured by Adwen in its factories in Bremerhaven and Stade (Germany).

They are the largest wind turbines installed by Iberdrola to date. They comprise a 222 ton nacelle, a rotor that is 443 feet in diameter with 254 feet long blades, and a 246 feet high tower.

Adwen is progressing with the start-up of the turbines, which will be operating in ‘island mode’, waiting for the energisation of the grid connection as soon as possible.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier was responsible for transporting and installing the wind turbines using its jack-up installation vessel Brave Tern. Fred. Olsen related company Global Wind Service supplied 40 installation technicians for the project, with over 100 more for quality control, completion and service to safely and efficiently complete installation on 22 October.

 

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26th October 2017 Final turbines installed on Wikinger

On 22 October 2017, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up installation vessel Brave Tern successfully installed the final turbine, completing the installation of Adwen turbines at the Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm. The 70 AD 5-135 turbines will have a total output of 350MW. “I am very proud of our team for their hard work on this project,” Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s project manager Alexandra ...

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On 22 October 2017, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up installation vessel Brave Tern successfully installed the final turbine, completing the installation of Adwen turbines at the Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm. The 70 AD 5-135 turbines will have a total output of 350MW.

“I am very proud of our team for their hard work on this project,” Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s project manager Alexandra Koefoed said. “We have worked closely with our client Adwen and park operator Iberdrola to safely and efficiently complete installation. Our experience working on the Adwen 5MW turbines on Global Tech I was invaluable.”

Fred. Olsen related company Global Wind Service (GWS) supplied 40 installation technicians for the project, with over 100 more for QA, completion and service.

“Working together with our related company meant that we were able to work together to deliver a great performance,” said Michael Høj Olsen, CCO of GWS.

The Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm is located off the island of Rügen in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ), and will provide over 240,000 households with clean energy.

Brave Tern is currently being demobilised and GWS technicians will stay on site to complete non-conformity reporting (NCR), completion and 500-hour service checks.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and GWS joined the project at the turn of the year.

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13th October 2017 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s Bayards celebrate 1000 days without a lost time incident

On 12 October, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s fleet of seven Bayard class CTVs accomplished 1000 days without a lost time incident (LTI). During this time, our Bayards conducted 39,605 landings, 140,570 transfers and our vessel crews have worked for over 205,934 hours. “A thousand days without an LTI shows that our motto of Think First, Act Safely is more than just words,” Even ...

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On 12 October, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s fleet of seven Bayard class CTVs accomplished 1000 days without a lost time incident (LTI).

During this time, our Bayards conducted 39,605 landings, 140,570 transfers and our vessel crews have worked for over 205,934 hours.

“A thousand days without an LTI shows that our motto of Think First, Act Safely is more than just words,” Even Larsen, CEO of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier said. “This achievement was only possible thanks to the efforts of our employees on board the Bayard vessels, who make sure passengers and colleagues are transported and transferred safely every day.”

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9th October 2017 Related wind firms create single O&M provider

Four established offshore wind businesses 170 years of maritime heritage 1200 renewables experts Integrated suite of operations and maintenance services Single point of contact Reduced risk, cost and contractual complexity Four well-known renewables firms have joined forces to create an unparalleled operations and maintenance (O&M) service provider for offshore wind farm operators. The Fred. Olsen related companies – led by Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and with Global Wind ...

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  • Four established offshore wind businesses
  • 170 years of maritime heritage
  • 1200 renewables experts
  • Integrated suite of operations and maintenance services
  • Single point of contact
  • Reduced risk, cost and contractual complexity

Four well-known renewables firms have joined forces to create an unparalleled operations and maintenance (O&M) service provider for offshore wind farm operators.

The Fred. Olsen related companies – led by Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and with Global Wind Service, Natural Power and ZephIR Lidar – have come together to offer the full range of their services through a single contact point. The scope will include inspections, major component exchange, integrated service campaigns, blade repair, high voltage management, life extension, decommissioning and repowering.

This alliance means clients can source the complete range of O&M services through a single contracting body, which will reduce risk and management interfaces, simplify contracting and lower costs.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s Chief Executive Officer Even Larsen said: “Together we have the people, vessels and expertise required to ensure offshore wind owners maximise the generating potential of their plant.

“Clients will benefit from a single point of contact with a dedicated programme manager who has access to more than 1200 highly skilled employees, each working to the same vision and with the highest commitment to health and safety.

“The four companies have a wealth of compatible competencies that can now be accessed through a single entry point within Fred. Olsen Windcarrier.”

The joint initiative comes at a time when the O&M sector has emerged as a significant industry in its own right, accounting for approximately 25 per cent of a wind farm’s lifetime costs.

“With offshore wind capacity increasing in Europe and around the world, we recognised it was an opportune time to consolidate our complementary skills, shared industry commitment and previous cooperation”.

The O&M initiative is the culmination of a plan envisaged by the Fred. Olsen companies some 25 years ago, when they were early to recognise the potential of offshore wind and started to grow their network of complementary renewables businesses.

With a global presence, Natural Power, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, Global Wind Service and ZephIR Lidar are able to build on almost 170 years of maritime and shipping experience and can trace their renewables history back to the early 1990s.

Even Larsen added: “The launch of this cooperation between like-minded Fred. Olsen related companies to create a single market-facing entity is further confirmation of our dedication to the offshore wind industry and commitment to achieving long-term relationships with clients.”

More information about the integrated O&M service offering can be found here.

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4th September 2017 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s Bold Tern Joins Galloper Installation

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has been awarded a contract with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) for the transport and installation of wind turbines on the Galloper Offshore Wind Farm. Specialist jack-up vessel Bold Tern will mobilise in early September from the Port of Esbjerg, heading to site with a full deck of SWT 6.0-154 turbines before heading to the Port of Hull ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has been awarded a contract with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) for the transport and installation of wind turbines on the Galloper Offshore Wind Farm.

Specialist jack-up vessel Bold Tern will mobilise in early September from the Port of Esbjerg, heading to site with a full deck of SWT 6.0-154 turbines before heading to the Port of Hull to continue operations.

The vessel will be joining the project to ensure timely completion and will be on contract for at least 30 days with options.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier have been able to react quickly to agree the contract and ensure prompt mobilisation within only 6-8 weeks after initial contact. Time and cost for mobilisation have been significantly reduced by reengineering the existing grillage from the Veja Mate installation project, which was completed in the German EEZ earlier this summer.

“This is a perfect demonstration of industry pulling together to advance a positive outcome for a project located on a site which is known to have some challenging characteristics. Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is looking forward to bringing our experience and capabilities to the project, working with the local supply chain in the East of England” said Martin Degen, Commercial Manger, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier.

Galloper Offshore Wind Farm is being constructed approximately 30km off the coast of Suffolk, and upon completion will power up to 336,000 average UK households.

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6th July 2017 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier reaches halfway point on Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm

The 35th Adwen 5MW wind turbine has been installed today on Iberdrola’s Wikinger offshore wind farm in the German Baltic Sea, marking the half way milestone. Located in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ) off the island of Rügen, the wind farm will supply power to 350,000 households once built. This half way milestone brings the total installed MW for Fred. Olsen ...

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The 35th Adwen 5MW wind turbine has been installed today on Iberdrola’s Wikinger offshore wind farm in the German Baltic Sea, marking the half way milestone.

Located in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ) off the island of Rügen, the wind farm will supply power to 350,000 households once built.

This half way milestone brings the total installed MW for Fred. Olsen Windcarrier in German waters to 1,250 MW.

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14th June 2017 Joining forces to reduce offshore downtime

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, Natural Power and SubC Partner have joined forces to launch www.offshorewindspect.com – a new force in offshore wind turbine inspections, bringing together a market-leading cooperative that is dedicated to reducing downtime. Officially launched at Offshore Wind Energy 2017 last week, the new service will offer clients a simple contracting model where they can pick and ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, Natural Power and SubC Partner have joined forces to launch www.offshorewindspect.com – a new force in offshore wind turbine inspections, bringing together a market-leading cooperative that is dedicated to reducing downtime.

Officially launched at Offshore Wind Energy 2017 last week, the new service will offer clients a simple contracting model where they can pick and choose from a list of inspection services under one contract.

Together, the cooperative will offer:

  • Full inspection scope
  • Less downtime
  • Reduced operational and contractual complexity and risk
  • Analysis and reporting
  • Fixed pricing

For more information, please contact Sales Manager Thomas Lund.

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7th June 2017 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier wins EnBW Albatros contract

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has been awarded the transport and installation contract for Siemens Gamesa 7MW turbines at EnBW’s Albatros offshore wind farm by Siemens Gamesa. The Albatros wind farm is located 100km from shore in the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), in close proximity to previous Fred. Olsen Windcarrier installation projects: the BARD and Global Tech I wind farms. Turbine installation ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has been awarded the transport and installation contract for Siemens Gamesa 7MW turbines at EnBW’s Albatros offshore wind farm by Siemens Gamesa.

The Albatros wind farm is located 100km from shore in the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), in close proximity to previous Fred. Olsen Windcarrier installation projects: the BARD and Global Tech I wind farms. Turbine installation of the 112MW wind farm is scheduled to commence during second half of 2019.

This project follows on directly from the Hohe See wind farm installation, awarded to Fred. Olsen Windcarrier in March 2016.

“This new contract will continue our strong relationship with Siemens Gamesa, emphasising faith in our vessels and future collaboration,” said Martin Degen, Commercial Manager for Fred. Olsen Windcarrier. “Being awarded this reinforces our prime position in the German North Sea.”

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has a strong track record working in the German North Sea with Siemens, completing installation of the Veja Mate wind farm last week and having installed both the Riffgat and Butendiek wind farms, in 2013 and 2015 respectively.

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5th June 2017 All Fred. Olsen Ocean companies ISO/OHSAS certified

Fred. Olsen Ocean and daughter companies including Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S (the CTV business unit) and Universal Foundation A/S have now achieved ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification, joining the jack-up business unit Fred. Olsen Windcarrier AS, who already carried the ISO certifications. The companies now covered by this certification are Fred. Olsen Windcarrier AS, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S, ...

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Fred. Olsen Ocean and daughter companies including Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S (the CTV business unit) and Universal Foundation A/S have now achieved ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification, joining the jack-up business unit Fred. Olsen Windcarrier AS, who already carried the ISO certifications.

The companies now covered by this certification are Fred. Olsen Windcarrier AS, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S, Universal Foundation A/S and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier International Ltd.

“These certificates, as well as the ISM Code DoCs, serve as proof that the Fred. Olsen Ocean companies are working in compliance with all significant HSEQ management standards, underlining robust processes and quality across our business” said Jan Fredrik Platou, Head of HSEQ.

The process, which started in autumn 2016, was completed this month, with the aim to establish a streamlined and consistent work process across the Fred. Olsen Ocean companies. A common management system has been established and the administration process has been simplified.

“This is a great advantage to have in the market,” said Casper Toft, Chief Commercial Officer of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier. “It ensures strong and unified processes across Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, enforcing our focus on the environment, quality and health & safety. This further strengthens our commercial offering to the offshore market.”

”The certification of Universal Foundation’s processes and management system witnesses another important step as a commercial company. It is strong proof to our clients, that they have a professional partner, who can help them in winning tomorrow’s development bids for offshore wind farms. And that makes me proud on behalf of our team,” said Kristian Ravn, Managing Director of Universal Foundation A/S.

To view our certificates, please visit the HSEQ pages of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Universal Foundation.

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26th May 2017 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is exhibiting at Offshore Wind Energy 2017

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is exhibiting at the upcoming Offshore Wind Energy 2017 event between 6th and 8th June at the ExCeL Centre in London. Also exhibiting on our stand are Fred. Olsen related companies Global Wind Service (GWS) and Universal Foundation. We will be hosting a stand reception on Day 2 of the event between 16:30 and 18:30, where we ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is exhibiting at the upcoming Offshore Wind Energy 2017 event between 6th and 8th June at the ExCeL Centre in London. Also exhibiting on our stand are Fred. Olsen related companies Global Wind Service (GWS) and Universal Foundation.

We will be hosting a stand reception on Day 2 of the event between 16:30 and 18:30, where we will be serving cocktails and canapes – we hope to see you there!

Commercial Manager and Head of Fleet Development, Carl Erik Gurrik will be speaking about ‘The Future of O&M: Who will do it, and how much will it cost, and how do we avoid the vessel bottle neck?’ during the ‘Installation challenges & solutions’ session on Day 3 of the event between 09:30 and 10:45.

We look forward to catching up with our colleagues and clients during the exhibition. Meet us at stand N-F40!

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13th February 2017 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier docks CTV fleet with local Cumbria operator MPM Northwest

Last week, MPM Northwest helped prepare and facilitate the latest class renewal for Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S with Bayard 4 at their facility in Maryport. This is the sixth time a Bayard has used MPM Northwest in the last two years. Fred. Olsen Windcarrier docked three of their Bayard crew transfer vessels (CTVs) in Maryport over the winter months from ...

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Last week, MPM Northwest helped prepare and facilitate the latest class renewal for Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S with Bayard 4 at their facility in Maryport. This is the sixth time a Bayard has used MPM Northwest in the last two years.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier docked three of their Bayard crew transfer vessels (CTVs) in Maryport over the winter months from September 2015 to January 2016. More recently, between November 2016 and February 2017, Bayards 1, 2 and 4 successfully completed their DNV GL five year class renewal at their facility. The mandatory class renewal crowns a series of other certification recently awarded to the Bayard fleet including ISM, MLC, and IMDG – which is not the case for all CTVs in the offshore wind industry.

“We are really pleased with the level of service and the facilities at MPM Northwest. It is a convenient and flexible yard to bring our vessels to for this kind of work. Flexibility is really important to us – conditions at sea in the North West of England are often very harsh and we need to have a strong local supply chain behind us to ensure that our vessels perform to the maximum,” said Benjamin Graff, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S’s Technical Manager.

“We are very happy that Fred. Olsen Windcarrier chose our facilities here in Maryport. We are a part of a thriving local supply chain with a strong presence in the offshore wind sector. We hope to see more vessels from this growing sector in the future,” said Michael John Hawkins, MPM Northwest Director.

Bayard 4 will rejoin her sister vessels at Barrow-in-Furness on 17th February where she will be stationed, along with her crew for the foreseeable future.

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24th January 2017 Fred. Olsen Ocean and Teekay Offshore form joint venture

Fred. Olsen Ocean AS and Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. (Teekay Offshore) have entered into an agreement to develop a new vessel design for the offshore wind market. John B. Andersen, VP Business Development in Fred. Olsen Windcarrier (a Fred. Olsen Ocean company), will lead this new initiative and the corresponding team. “We are very excited to work with Teekay Offshore ...

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Fred. Olsen Ocean AS and Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. (Teekay Offshore) have entered into an agreement to develop a new vessel design for the offshore wind market.

John B. Andersen, VP Business Development in Fred. Olsen Windcarrier (a Fred. Olsen Ocean company), will lead this new initiative and the corresponding team.

“We are very excited to work with Teekay Offshore and we see great potential in developing a vessel that fills the gap between crew transfer vessels (CTVs) and service operations vessels (SOVs) in the offshore wind space,” said John B. Andersen.

The two companies are planning to co-develop a vessel that will allow technicians to access wind turbines in higher sea states at a lower cost. It is a game changer and the first step on a journey to bring the HiLoad technology to offshore wind. Sea trials will start in the end of 2017.

“Teekay is very pleased to have the opportunity to join forces with Fred. Olsen Ocean AS,” said Tor Olav Øie, Head of Strategic Development in Teekay Offshore’s Stavanger office. He added that “we are excited about the idea of combining our existing HiLoad maritime technology with Fred. Olsen Ocean’s strong operational experience within the renewable energy sector, a market that we both see promising future potentials in.”

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18th January 2017 Brave Tern ready for Wikinger

Brave Tern, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up installation vessel, has successfully mobilised for the Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm installation project and load out has commenced. Fred. Olsen Windcarrier will transport and install 70 ADWEN AD 5-135 turbines at the Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ) off the island of Rügen. Once built, the wind farm will supply power ...

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Brave Tern, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up installation vessel, has successfully mobilised for the Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm installation project and load out has commenced.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier will transport and install 70 ADWEN AD 5-135 turbines at the Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ) off the island of Rügen.

Once built, the wind farm will supply power to 350,000 households.

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18th January 2017 Bold Tern installs first turbine at Veja Mate

On Tuesday, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up installation vessel Bold Tern installed her first complete Siemens 6MW turbine at the Veja Mate offshore wind farm. Bold Tern’s flexible deck layout allows her to carry the components for four complete turbines. Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is working in parallel with Seajacks’ Scylla to install the 67 turbines. Full commissioning of the wind farm is expected by late ...

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On Tuesday, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up installation vessel Bold Tern installed her first complete Siemens 6MW turbine at the Veja Mate offshore wind farm.

Bold Tern’s flexible deck layout allows her to carry the components for four complete turbines.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is working in parallel with Seajacks’ Scylla to install the 67 turbines.

Full commissioning of the wind farm is expected by late 2017.

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28th December 2016 Bold Tern mobilises for Veja Mate

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up installation vessel Bold Tern has successfully mobilised for the Veja Mate offshore wind farm installation project. Bold Tern will be working with Seajacks Scylla to install the 67 Siemens 6MW turbines at the 400MW wind farm. Veja Mate is located 129 kilometres offshore in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up installation vessel Bold Tern has successfully mobilised for the Veja Mate offshore wind farm installation project.

Bold Tern will be working with Seajacks Scylla to install the 67 Siemens 6MW turbines at the 400MW wind farm.

Veja Mate is located 129 kilometres offshore in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

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1st December 2016 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier appoints new CEO

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is delighted to announce the recent appointment of Even Larsen as the new CEO of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier. Even has been with Fred. Olsen Windcarrier since 2013, where he worked on innovation and product development before becoming project manager for the Global Tech I project. In 2014, Even became Head of Commercial and Projects. “To be able to continue ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is delighted to announce the recent appointment of Even Larsen as the new CEO of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier.

Even has been with Fred. Olsen Windcarrier since 2013, where he worked on innovation and product development before becoming project manager for the Global Tech I project. In 2014, Even became Head of Commercial and Projects.

“To be able to continue with Fred. Olsen Windcarrier in this new capacity is an honour and I look forward to taking the company forward and continuing its successes,” said Even.

Even is qualified as a Naval Architect and holds a Master’s degree in Marine Hydrodynamics.

“Since joining in 2013, Even has proved himself to be a real asset to the organisation,” said Fred. Olsen Ocean CEO Anette Olsen. “We congratulate him on his appointment and wish him continued success in working with us.”

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28th November 2016 Bayard 1 celebrates fifth birthday with class renewal and new certificates

Last week, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s Bayard class crew transfer vessel (CTVs) fleet received the International Safety Management (ISM) and Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) certification by DNV GL. The certificate was issued after a thorough auditing process by DNV GL confirming all procedures and operations were compliant with the ISM code enabling the company to meet the future requirements within HSEQ for ...

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Last week, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s Bayard class crew transfer vessel (CTVs) fleet received the International Safety Management (ISM) and Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) certification by DNV GL.

The certificate was issued after a thorough auditing process by DNV GL confirming all procedures and operations were compliant with the ISM code enabling the company to meet the future requirements within HSEQ for offshore wind.

The certificate reaffirms the high standards to which the company delivers its services and solid HSEQ track record.

At the end of November, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier completed the 5 year class renewal and bottom survey of Bayard 1 with no condition of class. Once again highlighting the high quality and safety awareness of our company and employees.

The Bayards are Norwegian-built, Danish-flagged vessels classed under the DNV GL High Speed Light Craft code (1A1 HSLC wind farm Service R1) providing a first class service for wind farm owners, operators and sub suppliers in Northern Europe.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is able to provide Bayard class vessels with DNV GL and DMA approval for the carriage of dangerous goods (IMDG), hot storage facilities, as well as additional options as requested by clients.

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19th September 2016 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is exhibiting at WindEnergy Hamburg next week

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is exhibiting at WindEnergy Hamburg 2016 next week between 27th and 30th September in Hamburg. Also exhibiting on our stand are Fred. Olsen related companies Global Wind Service and Universal Foundation. We will be hosting a stand reception on day two of the event from 16:00, where we will be serving cocktails ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is exhibiting at WindEnergy Hamburg 2016 next week between 27th and 30th September in Hamburg. Also exhibiting on our stand are Fred. Olsen related companies Global Wind Service and Universal Foundation.

We will be hosting a stand reception on day two of the event from 16:00, where we will be serving cocktails and canapés, we hope to see you there!

David Matthews, General Manager UK, will be presenting a poster at the attached WindEurope conference on day 3 between 9.30 and 10.30.

We look forward to catching up with our colleagues and clients during the exhibition. Visit us at stand B4 EG 326!

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19th August 2016 Brave Tern completes installation of the Block Island offshore wind farm

On Thursday 18th August, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up installation vessel Brave Tern successfully completed the installation of five GE Haliade 150-6MW turbines at Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm. The project has been a great success for both Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and its partners having finished the offshore installation safely and well ahead of schedule. Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is proud to have ...

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On Thursday 18th August, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up installation vessel Brave Tern successfully completed the installation of five GE Haliade 150-6MW turbines at Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm.

The project has been a great success for both Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and its partners having finished the offshore installation safely and well ahead of schedule.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is proud to have played a key role in this historic first offshore wind farm project in the US. The US market has a large untapped potential, which could provide significant growth to the industry.

“The Block Island Wind Farm project has truly been a team effort. As this project is the first ever offshore wind farm constructed in the US, it has required meticulous planning and preparations to ensure the safe and efficient completion,” said project manager Eskil Røset.

Brave Tern will now commence its transit back to Europe for final demobilisation in Esbjerg, Denmark.

Fred. Olsen related company Global Wind Service (GWS) has contributed significantly with skilled and experienced technicians for the offshore assembly work under a separate contract for GE Renewable Energy.

Read more about the Block Island Wind Farm project from Deepwater Wind.

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11th August 2016 Brave Tern reaches halfway mark on Block Island

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s installation vessel Brave Tern has completed more than half of the installation at the Block Island Wind Farm. Three of the five GE Renewable Energy Haliade 150-6MW turbines have been successfully installed. “The first turbine on this landmark project was installed on 4th August. Installation is progressing well and on schedule,” Fred. Olsen Windcarrier project manager Eskil Røset said. This ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s installation vessel Brave Tern has completed more than half of the installation at the Block Island Wind Farm.

Three of the five GE Renewable Energy Haliade 150-6MW turbines have been successfully installed.

“The first turbine on this landmark project was installed on 4th August. Installation is progressing well and on schedule,” Fred. Olsen Windcarrier project manager Eskil Røset said.

This is the first offshore wind farm to be installed in US waters and the first project Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has worked on outside of Europe.

View our gallery and follow us on twitter (@fowindcarrier) for more updates and images.

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25th July 2016 Brave Tern crossed the mid-Atlantic

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s Brave Tern has passed the halfway mark in her journey to the Block Island Wind Farm carrying five GE Renewable Energy Haliade 150-6MW nacelles. To see more images from this stage of Brave Tern’s journey, click here.

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s Brave Tern has passed the halfway mark in her journey to the Block Island Wind Farm carrying five GE Renewable Energy Haliade 150-6MW nacelles.

To see more images from this stage of Brave Tern’s journey, click here.

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15th July 2016 Brave Tern completed loading in France and will be leaving for Block Island, US

Brave Tern has successfully completed loading all of the 5 GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade 150-6MW nacelles and will commence transit to the US east coast and Block Island Wind Farm in the coming days. “Brave Tern is now ready for her first transatlantic voyage,” said Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s Vessel Master Tony Cato. “We will be sailing via the Azores and Bermuda ...

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Brave Tern has successfully completed loading all of the 5 GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade 150-6MW nacelles and will commence transit to the US east coast and Block Island Wind Farm in the coming days.

“Brave Tern is now ready for her first transatlantic voyage,” said Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s Vessel Master Tony Cato. “We will be sailing via the Azores and Bermuda to take advantage of the favourable winds and ocean currents, before reaching the East coast of the US, and anticipate arriving in two and a half weeks.”

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12th July 2016 Brave Tern arrives in St. Nazaire, France

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up installation vessel Brave Tern has arrived in St. Nazaire in western France. The process of loading the GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade 150-6MW nacelles onto the Brave Tern for the Block Island Wind Farm project will begin shortly. “This is an exciting project to be working on and we look forward to working closely with GE and Deepwater Wind ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up installation vessel Brave Tern has arrived in St. Nazaire in western France.

The process of loading the GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade 150-6MW nacelles onto the Brave Tern for the Block Island Wind Farm project will begin shortly.

“This is an exciting project to be working on and we look forward to working closely with GE and Deepwater Wind to safely and efficiently install the first offshore wind farm in America,” said Head of Commercial and Projects, Even Larsen.

Brave Tern is the largest offshore wind jack-up vessel to make port in France.

For more images, visit our gallery.

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11th July 2016 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier GmbH moves office

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s German office moved into new offices in the Hafencity area of Hamburg last week. “The office move reiterates our commitment to the German market,” said Head of Commercial and Projects, Even Larsen. To celebrate the opening, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier hosted a reception on the roof terrace of the new office on Thursday. “Our new offices are in a fantastic area, in ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s German office moved into new offices in the Hafencity area of Hamburg last week.

“The office move reiterates our commitment to the German market,” said Head of Commercial and Projects, Even Larsen.

To celebrate the opening, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier hosted a reception on the roof terrace of the new office on Thursday.

“Our new offices are in a fantastic area, in close proximity to many of our colleagues and clients,” said Iris Stempfle, General Manager Germany.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier GmbH previously had offices on the banks of the Elbe in Neumühlen, Hamburg.

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8th July 2016 Brave Tern ready for Block Island Offshore Wind Farm

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up installation vessel Brave Tern has successfully mobilised for the Block Island Offshore Wind Farm project in Esbjerg, Denmark. Mobilisation included welding of large steel structures on deck to elevate and support the nacelles for the planned transatlantic voyage. Brave Tern is now en route to St. Nazaire, France, where the 5 GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade 150-6MW ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up installation vessel Brave Tern has successfully mobilised for the Block Island Offshore Wind Farm project in Esbjerg, Denmark. Mobilisation included welding of large steel structures on deck to elevate and support the nacelles for the planned transatlantic voyage. Brave Tern is now en route to St. Nazaire, France, where the 5 GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade 150-6MW nacelles will be waiting to load onto the vessel. After load-out the vessel will transit across the Atlantic to install the turbines at Block Island Wind Farm before returning to Europe.

Fred. Olsen related company Global Wind Service (GWS) – providers of manpower, expertise and services to wind farm projects – have been awarded the contract for lift supervision and installation of the GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade 150-6MW wind turbines.

Brave Tern has also been fitted with the ZephIR Lidar 300 to complement the onboard technology with delivery of real-time accurate wind information. ZephIR Lidar have provided wind resource assessments since 2011 to the Deepwater Wind project.

Block Island offshore wind project:

Deepwater Wind’s Block Island wind farm is the first offshore wind farm in America. The wind farm is 4.8km (3 miles) south-east of Block Island, Rhode Island. Once completed, the wind farm will generate 30MW of power – meeting approximately 90% of Block Island’s electricity demand.

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For more information on Global Wind Service please contact:

Michael Olsen, Chief Commercial Officer

Mobile: +45 61 89 23 20

Email: mo@globalwindservice.com

For more information on ZephIR Lidar please contact:

Alex Woodward, Head of Commercial Marketing & Product Development

mobile:    +44 7825 159 082

email:      alex.woodward@zephirlidar.com

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30th June 2016 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier wins DONG Energy Borkum Riffgrund 2 contract

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has been awarded the transport and installation contract for 56 Vestas 8MW turbines at the Borkum Riffgrund 2 wind farm. Borkum Riffgrund is located 57km from shore in the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and installation is set to commence in the second quarter of 2018. The 450MW wind farm will power 460,000 homes annually once completed. “This is ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has been awarded the transport and installation contract for 56 Vestas 8MW turbines at the Borkum Riffgrund 2 wind farm.

Borkum Riffgrund is located 57km from shore in the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and installation is set to commence in the second quarter of 2018. The 450MW wind farm will power 460,000 homes annually once completed.

“This is our second contract signed with DONG Energy and our first project installing the Vestas 8MW turbines, it is an exciting project and one we are pleased to have won,” said Even Larsen, Head of Commercial and Projects.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier recently upgraded Brave Tern to be able to handle the coming ‘multi MW’ turbines. Sister vessel Bold Tern is currently undergoing the same modifications with completion in July.

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28th June 2016 Fred. Olsen Ocean AS and Shoreline AS simulate best O&M solution for bigger offshore wind farms

An operations and maintenance (O&M) logistics study by Norwegian software simulation experts Shoreline, for Fred. Olsen Ocean, has found the use of an offshore accommodation platform combined with fast in-field vessels will be key to maximising efficiencies for large, far-from-shore wind farms. The O&M simulation was performed in collaboration with a major developer and based on the indicative layout of a ...

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An operations and maintenance (O&M) logistics study by Norwegian software simulation experts Shoreline, for Fred. Olsen Ocean, has found the use of an offshore accommodation platform combined with fast in-field vessels will be key to maximising efficiencies for large, far-from-shore wind farms.

The O&M simulation was performed in collaboration with a major developer and based on the indicative layout of a 100, 200 and 300 turbine offshore wind project in the UK. Three scenarios with different marine logistics combinations were modelled.

The three base scenarios were:

  1. A single service operation vessel (SOV) with on-board accommodation and access to a helipad
  2. Two walk-to work-vessels (converted platform supply vessels) working alongside an offshore accommodation platform such as Fred. Olsen Windbase
  3. Three large 30m crew transfer vessels (CTVs) working alongside an offshore accommodation platform such as Fred. Olsen Windbase

All three scenarios included the use of a helicopter for troubleshooting and additional CTVs over the summer period for scheduled maintenance.

The met ocean data was taken from weather observations over 18 years – between February 1994 and January 2012 – so factored in seasonal changes, and included significant wave height and mean wind speed.

Shoreline employed its MAINTSYS software tool, developed in 2012 as part of a PhD project at University of Stavanger and the Norwegian Centre of Offshore Wind Energy (NORCOWE) and already adopted by several offshore wind farm developers for marine logistics modelling.

The key finding of the simulation, which used a maintenance strategy with specific work order priorities, emergency response time limits and two types of technicians, was that time availability was highest in the third scenario – that of a fixed offshore accommodation platform being used in partnership with larger CTVs.

Fred. Olsen Windbase Project Director David Matthews said that the initial input data for each of the specified base cases was realistic but optimistic, however sensitivity analysis was also included in the report, to consider worst case scenarios as well.

“All three scenarios performed with relatively high time based results, but the best availability – nearly 98% – was with the scenario employing three CTVs combined with an offshore accommodation platform,” he said.

“The main difference was that the scenarios relying on the vessels equipped with walk-to-work access system had less availability when the overall workload was increased because of their low in-park speed in dynamic positioning mode and the limited number of access systems deployed.”

“On larger projects the robustness of the solution chosen is tested as the failures rise. We quickly saw which solution started to fail first and quickest. In short the distances between failures on any given day showed that multiple low cost access vessels performed best.”

“The modelling coupled with a site specific day rate and scope, allows developers to model a fixed offshore facility against other solutions in offshore wind.”

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13th June 2016 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is exhibiting at RUK Global Offshore Wind next week

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is exhibiting at RenewableUK Global Offshore Wind 2016 next week between 21st and 22nd June in Manchester. Also exhibiting on our stand are Fred. Olsen related companies Universal Foundation and Global Wind Service. David Matthews, General Manager UK will be giving a talk about Fred. Olsen Windbase at the Speakers’ Spotlight at 10.30 on 21st June. We will be ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is exhibiting at RenewableUK Global Offshore Wind 2016 next week between 21st and 22nd June in Manchester. Also exhibiting on our stand are Fred. Olsen related companies Universal Foundation and Global Wind Service.

David Matthews, General Manager UK will be giving a talk about Fred. Olsen Windbase at the Speakers’ Spotlight at 10.30 on 21st June.

We will be hosting a stand reception on Day 1 of the event from 16:30 on our stand where we will serve cocktails and canapés, we hope to see you there!

We look forward to catching up colleagues and clients during the exhibition. Visit us at stand 124!

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3rd June 2016 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S celebrates 500 days without a lost time injury

On 2 June 2016, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S’s Bayard vessels celebrated 500 days without a lost time injury (LTI). With a total exposure of 115,617 hours, this is a significant milestone for both our crew and clients. The fleet of Bayards have been active at Walney 1+2, Butendiek, Baltic 2, Femern Belt, Borkum Riffgrund, Gwynt y Môr and the Gode Wind ...

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On 2 June 2016, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S’s Bayard vessels celebrated 500 days without a lost time injury (LTI).

With a total exposure of 115,617 hours, this is a significant milestone for both our crew and clients. The fleet of Bayards have been active at Walney 1+2, Butendiek, Baltic 2, Femern Belt, Borkum Riffgrund, Gwynt y Môr and the Gode Wind 1.

In this time, the Bayards have worked 41384 operational hours and made 22336 landings, and completed a total of 78050 passenger transfers.

This achievement is a combined effort between the vessels crew in close cooperation with the clients.

A contributing factor to the achievement is participation in the ‘Think first’ safety campaign for risk awareness and observation techniques.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier launched the “Think First. Act Safely” campaign in Q4 2014 promoting risk awareness and observation techniques which has contributed to this achievement.

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1st June 2016 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S welcomes new Managing Director

Casper Toft, who comes from the position of Sales Director for MHI Vestas Offshore, has this week joined Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S to head up the CTV business out of Fredercia, Denmark. “I am very excited to join the Fred. Olsen related companies. They have a great reputation in the offshore wind industry and are known for their dedication, strong company values ...

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Casper Toft, who comes from the position of Sales Director for MHI Vestas Offshore, has this week joined Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S to head up the CTV business out of Fredercia, Denmark.

“I am very excited to join the Fred. Olsen related companies. They have a great reputation in the offshore wind industry and are known for their dedication, strong company values and diverse product offering,” Casper Toft said.

“I see great opportunities for developing Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s CTV business even further and I look forward to working together with the committed and highly qualified people from Fred. Olsen Windcarrier.”

Casper’s background includes seven years at Vestas Offshore working in business development, sales and marketing. Casper was involved in the commercial launch of the 8MW platform and was the key account director for Dong Energy.

“With his skills and experience in offshore wind, Casper is a great addition to Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S,” said Rolf Normann, Fred. Olsen Ocean CEO.

Casper has an MSc in Business Administration and Marketing from Aarhus School of Business.

Due to the development and expansion of the company, Kasper Juul-Schirmer has been appointed Head of Operations.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S owns and operates eight highly efficient crew transfer vessels.

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12th May 2016 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier wins first UK installation contract

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has been awarded a transport and installation contract for installation of Siemens 7MW turbines at the Hornsea Project One Offshore Wind Farm, developed by DONG Energy Wind Power. Approximately half of the 174 turbines are expected to be installed under this contract. Hornsea Project One Offshore Wind Farm will become the largest offshore wind farm ever built, and ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has been awarded a transport and installation contract for installation of Siemens 7MW turbines at the Hornsea Project One Offshore Wind Farm, developed by DONG Energy Wind Power. Approximately half of the 174 turbines are expected to be installed under this contract.

Hornsea Project One Offshore Wind Farm will become the largest offshore wind farm ever built, and is located approximately 60 nautical miles east of Hull in the North East of England and will generate 1.2GW of power in total.

“This is a very exciting project for us as it is the first large transport and installation project we will have worked on in the UK,” said Head of Commercial and Projects, Even Larsen. “Not only that, but it is our first project working with DONG Energy Wind Power. We are proud to have been chosen for such an important project for DONG Energy Wind Power, and hope it will be the start for a long and strong relationship between us and the leading offshore wind development company in the world.”

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1st March 2016 Brave Tern successfully upgraded

Brave Tern, one of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s two specialist jack-up vessels, has this week been successfully upgraded. The modifications were executed at Franklin Offshore, in Rotterdam, by Franklin Offshore and SRC Group AS. The upgrades include extending the jacking legs by 14m, making the legs 92.4m long. The cranes will also be prepared for a boom extension of up to 20m. This ...

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Brave Tern, one of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s two specialist jack-up vessels, has this week been successfully upgraded.

The modifications were executed at Franklin Offshore, in Rotterdam, by Franklin Offshore and SRC Group AS.

The upgrades include extending the jacking legs by 14m, making the legs 92.4m long. The cranes will also be prepared for a boom extension of up to 20m. This will include both an insert piece for the crane boom and an extension of the A-frame. The lifting height will become 120m from the main deck.

“The upgrades to Brave Tern have been a success and she will be available in time for her next project,” Even Larsen, Head of Commercial and Projects, said. “These modifications were carried out because offshore wind turbines are growing in size and capacity. Brave, and soon Bold will be capable of handling the latest generation turbines.”

Sister vessel, Bold Tern, will undertake the same upgrades within the next 12 months.

With the upgrades in place, the two Tern Class vessels will be capable of transporting 4 complete ‘multi MW’ turbines with full towers throughout the year in water depths of up to 55m – up to 60m in the summer.

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1st March 2016 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier wins EnBW Hohe See contract

Siemens AG has awarded Fred. Olsen Windcarrier transport and installation services at the EnBW Hohe See wind farm for their 7MW wind turbines. EnBW Hohe See is located 90km from shore in the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), in close proximity to previous Fred. Olsen Windcarrier installation projects, the BARD and Global Tech I wind farms. Turbine installation of the 497MW ...

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Siemens AG has awarded Fred. Olsen Windcarrier transport and installation services at the EnBW Hohe See wind farm for their 7MW wind turbines.

EnBW Hohe See is located 90km from shore in the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), in close proximity to previous Fred. Olsen Windcarrier installation projects, the BARD and Global Tech I wind farms. Turbine installation of the 497MW wind farm is scheduled to commence during first half of 2019.

Martin Degen, Commercial Manager for Fred. Olsen Windcarrier said, “This new contract will continue to reinforce our prime position in the German North Sea and strengthen our relationship with Siemens”.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier are experienced at working in the German North Sea with Siemens, having installed the Riffgat and Butendiek wind farms, in 2013 and 2015 respectively, and will be installing the Veja Mate wind farm in 2017.

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24th February 2016 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier host media day on board Brave Tern

This week, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier hosted a party of journalists on board jack-up installation vessel Brave Tern to show off the nearly-completed vessel modifications. Industry journalists were invited on board and given a presentation by Head of Commercial and Projects Even Larsen and Project Manager Ove Rylandsholm, giving an in depth look at what the vessel upgrades mean for the Brave ...

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This week, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier hosted a party of journalists on board jack-up installation vessel Brave Tern to show off the nearly-completed vessel modifications.

Industry journalists were invited on board and given a presentation by Head of Commercial and Projects Even Larsen and Project Manager Ove Rylandsholm, giving an in depth look at what the vessel upgrades mean for the Brave Tern, before being given a tour of the vessel.

The vessel upgrades will be completed this week and Brave Tern will be ready in time for her next project.

The upgrades include extending the jacking legs by 14m, making the legs 92.4m long. The cranes will also be prepared for a boom extension of up to 20m. This will include both an insert piece for the crane boom and an extension of the A-frame. The lifting height will become 120m from the main deck.

With the upgrades in place, the two Tern Class vessels will be capable of transporting 4 complete ‘multi MW’ turbines with full towers throughout the year in water depths of up to 55m – up to 60m in the summer.

Sister vessel, Bold Tern, will undertake the same upgrades within the next 6 months.

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21st December 2015 Job advert: Chief Financial Officer

Fred. Olsen Ocean Ltd. is searching for a CFO to work from our Oslo office. For more details about the job and how to apply, please click here. The application deadline is 10th January 2016.

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Fred. Olsen Ocean Ltd. is searching for a CFO to work from our Oslo office. For more details about the job and how to apply, please click here.

The application deadline is 10th January 2016.

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14th December 2015 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier jack-up vessels to be upgraded

Brave Tern and Bold Tern, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s two specialist jack-up vessels, will undertake major upgrades within the next 12 months. Brave Tern will be the first of the Terns to undergo the upgrades, having already arrived at the modification yard, Franklin Offshore, in Rotterdam, where Franklin Offshore and SRC Group AS are executing the modification. “With offshore wind turbines growing in ...

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Brave Tern and Bold Tern, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s two specialist jack-up vessels, will undertake major upgrades within the next 12 months.

Brave Tern will be the first of the Terns to undergo the upgrades, having already arrived at the modification yard, Franklin Offshore, in Rotterdam, where Franklin Offshore and SRC Group AS are executing the modification.

“With offshore wind turbines growing in capacity, with a greater weight and larger rotor diameter, and increased hub heights, the vessels will need to be adapted to meet this need,” Even Larsen, Head of Commercial and Projects, said. “These modifications will ensure that our vessels are capable of handling the latest generation ‘multi MW’ offshore wind turbines.”

The upgrades include extending the jacking legs by 14m, making the legs 92.4m long. The cranes will also be prepared for a boom extension of up to 20m. This will include both an insert piece for the crane boom and an extension of the A-frame. The lifting height will become 120m from the main deck.

With the upgrades in place, the two Tern Class vessels will be capable of transporting 4 complete ‘multi MW’ turbines with full towers throughout the year in water depths of up to 55m – up to 60m in the summer.

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20th November 2015 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier launch “game-changer” for offshore O&M

Wind farms larger and further from shore have created the need for a new approach to operations and maintenance (O&M) and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has developed what their UK General Manager believes will be a “game-changer” for the industry. David Matthews, who is also Project Director for Fred. Olsen Windbase, has said that by marrying established technologies and services ...

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Wind farms larger and further from shore have created the need for a new approach to operations and maintenance (O&M) and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has developed what their UK General Manager believes will be a “game-changer” for the industry.

David Matthews, who is also Project Director for Fred. Olsen Windbase, has said that by marrying established technologies and services from within the Fred. Olsen related companies, they can create a fixed offshore facility that offers developers a way to reduce operating costs for the next generation of wind farms built further from shore.

“We’ve seen floating solutions and even man made islands proposed for projects located far from shore. E.ON’s Amrumbank offshore wind farm will use the island of Helgoland to launch its island based service concept, which will no doubt be a great success and one that Fred. Olsen Windbase will replicate across Europe,” David Matthews said.

“But new concepts must offer business case certainty and use established technologies with an experienced supplier in offshore marine contracting.”

Fred. Olsen Windbase is a flexible solution with a mix of facilities and capabilities. These can be delivered individually or in combination with other offshore marine assets. Fred. Olsen Windbase includes an accommodation module, a full service base and a fully operational offshore heliport, removing the requirement for an onshore quayside facility.

“The beauty of this new approach lies in the fact that it offers a through-life capability, deployed very early in the construction phase for installation and commissioning, and remaining onsite until the project is re-powered or decommissioned,” David Matthews said.

“I’m sure that through use it will evolve over time, with year on year efficiency gains further reducing O&M costs.”

An investment decision on the first full-scale version is expected in the first half of 2016.

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25th September 2015 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier awarded the transport and installation contract for Wikinger by Adwen

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has been contracted by Adwen for the transport and installation of 70 Adwen 5MW turbines, AD 5-135, at the Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm, with manpower supplied by related company Global Wind Service. Construction is expected to start in early 2017 with estimated completion during the second half of 2017. The Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm is located off the island ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has been contracted by Adwen for the transport and installation of 70 Adwen 5MW turbines, AD 5-135, at the Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm, with manpower supplied by related company Global Wind Service.

Construction is expected to start in early 2017 with estimated completion during the second half of 2017.

The Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm is located off the island of Rügen in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the Baltic Sea and once built will supply power to 350,000 households.

Martin Degen, Commercial Manager for Fred. Olsen Windcarrier said “We are delighted to have won the Wikinger installation contract and look forward to working for Adwen once again in the delivery of this project. From previous experience they are a highly efficient and professional company to work with and we have established a strong relationship with their project teams”.

Markus Dülks, Wikinger project director of Adwen said: “By combining Adwen expertise with Fred Olsen know-how and proven track record regarding offshore wind turbines installation, we are reaching a new milestone for a successful realization of the Wikinger project. We look forward to a fruitful cooperation”.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is experienced at installing Adwen turbines after contributing to the erection of AD 5-116 at the Global Tech I wind farm in the German Bight last year.

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10th July 2015 Bold Tern completes installation of the Butendiek offshore wind farm

On Friday 12th June, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s installation vessel Bold Tern successfully completed the installation of 80 Siemens turbines at the Butendiek offshore wind farm. The 80 SWT 3.6-120 turbines have a total output of 288MW. The wind farm delivered its first kilowatt hours into the public grid in February this year and now that it is complete will supply around ...

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On Friday 12th June, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s installation vessel Bold Tern successfully completed the installation of 80 Siemens turbines at the Butendiek offshore wind farm. The 80 SWT 3.6-120 turbines have a total output of 288MW.

The wind farm delivered its first kilowatt hours into the public grid in February this year and now that it is complete will supply around 370,000 households with power.

Butendiek offshore wind farm is located west of Sylt, in the German Bight, where Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has installed around 200 turbines making us the leading installer in German waters.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier project manager Eskil Røset said, “Our team performed in an efficient and professional manner and our relationship with Siemens is growing ever stronger. We look forward working together on our next project.”

Read more about the Butendiek project on developer and operator wpd’s web pages: www.owp-butendiek.de

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22nd June 2015 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is exhibiting at RUK Global Offshore Wind this week

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is exhibiting at RenewableUK Global Offshore Wind 2015 this week between 24th and 25th June. Also exhibiting on our stand are related companies Global Wind Service and Universal Foundation. Head of Commercial and Projects Even Larsen will be speaking on 24th June during the B3: Construction Lessons Learnt 1 between 14:00 and 15:15. We will be hosting a stand ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is exhibiting at RenewableUK Global Offshore Wind 2015 this week between 24th and 25th June. Also exhibiting on our stand are related companies Global Wind Service and Universal Foundation.

Head of Commercial and Projects Even Larsen will be speaking on 24th June during the B3: Construction Lessons Learnt 1 between 14:00 and 15:15.

We will be hosting a stand reception on our stand on Day 1 of the exhibition from 17:00. We’ll be serving cocktails and canapés, we hope to see you there!

We look forward to catching up with our colleagues and clients at the exhibition. Visit us at stand 62.

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4th June 2015 New general manager of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier (UK) Ltd. elected to RenewableUK board

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier UK’s new general manager, David Matthews, has been elected to the board of RenewableUK in his second month in post. Mr. Matthews becomes one of 12 influential industry leaders elected to the board to represent the UK wind and marine energy industry. “It’s a real honour to be elected to the RenewableUK board. We work in an industry in ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier UK’s new general manager, David Matthews, has been elected to the board of RenewableUK in his second month in post.

Mr. Matthews becomes one of 12 influential industry leaders elected to the board to represent the UK wind and marine energy industry.

“It’s a real honour to be elected to the RenewableUK board. We work in an industry in which the UK is the world leader. I’m looking forward to contributing to the further evolution of this fast-moving and exciting industry in a different capacity to my day-to-day role.”

Mr. Matthews was recently appointed to head up Fred. Olsen Windcarrier in the UK “It’s an honour to join such an innovative and forward thinking management team, with ambitious growth plans.”

One of his priorities is to explore opportunities for the companies under the Fred. Olsen Ocean umbrella including Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, Global Wind Service, Universal Foundation and Fred. Olsen Marine Services.

David emphasised that “we are working together so that we can provide a broader scope of work to projects reducing project complexity and risk. Developers are beginning to evolve their approach to contracting, increasingly moving towards partnerships with companies that can take on more scope and manage the risk”.

“Fred. Olsen Windcarrier for example, comes with a vessel spread that includes jack-ups and crew transfer vessels (CTV’s), as well as project management, engineering expertise, and marine management services. Related company Global Wind Service can provide the technical manpower, lift supervisors and site management. While they work together to take on bigger scopes of work, the companies will maintain their individual brands and identities.”

Well-connected and respected across the wind industry in which he has worked for many years, David said his appointment is “part of the business growth plan in key markets”.

“I’ve had a great working relationship with different Fred. Olsen companies over the years, an organisation that truly believes in renewable energy and has demonstrated its commitment by investing in technology, people and assets.

“Off the back of installing around 50 percent of all offshore wind turbines in Germany, next year Fred. Olsen Windcarrier will install the first offshore wind farm in the US for Deepwater Wind, the 30-MW Block Island project, near Rhode Island.

Previously head of sales for AREVA Wind in the UK, David was part of building the AREVA UK organisation from scratch to be viewed as a “credible alternative to market leading wind turbine manufacturers.”

David began his career as an apprentice mechanical engineer working in a factory in Kendal, Cumbria, which made hydropower turbines, before going on to gain a degree from Lancaster University.

He lives in Cumbria with his wife and two daughters, aged nine and seven, where he enjoys sailing on Lake Windermere.

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22nd April 2015 Universal Foundation on cusp of Denmark deal

Universal Foundation has this week participated in two rare and exclusive articles revealing some of the possible up-coming plans for the company. Read the Recharge article ‘Universal Foundation on cusp of Denmark deal’ Read the TU article ‘Dette vindmølle-fundamentet suger seg ned i havbunnen’

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Universal Foundation has this week participated in two rare and exclusive articles revealing some of the possible up-coming plans for the company.

Read the Recharge article ‘Universal Foundation on cusp of Denmark deal’

Read the TU article ‘Dette vindmølle-fundamentet suger seg ned i havbunnen’

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22nd April 2015 Bold Tern celebrates 500 days without a lost time injury

On 20 April 2015, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s installation vessel Bold Tern celebrated 500 days without a Lost Time Injury (LTI). With a total exposure of more than 600 000 hours, this is a significant milestone for both the crew and our clients. Bold Tern has been engaged in several projects in this LTI-free period, which spans the installation of the Alstom ...

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On 20 April 2015, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s installation vessel Bold Tern celebrated 500 days without a Lost Time Injury (LTI).

With a total exposure of more than 600 000 hours, this is a significant milestone for both the crew and our clients. Bold Tern has been engaged in several projects in this LTI-free period, which spans the installation of the Alstom Haliade test turbine on Belwind in Belgium, the turbine installation on Global Tech I and the ongoing turbine installation on Butendiek, both in Germany.

As a combined effort between the marine crew, installation technicians and client representatives, the Bold Tern has demonstrated a high commitment to safety.

A contributing factor to the achievement is participation in the ‘Think first’ safety campaign for risk awareness and observation techniques.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier launched the “Think First. Act Safely” campaign inQ4 2014 promoting risk awareness and observation techniques which has contributed to this achievement.

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1st April 2015 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier wins Veja Mate contract

Siemens AG has awarded Fred. Olsen Windcarrier the contract for the transport and installation of 67 Siemens 6MW wind turbines at the Veja Mate 400MW wind farm. Construction is expected to start in early 2017. Veja Mate is located 129 kilometres offshore in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ), in close proximity to BARD Offshore 1 where Fred. Olsen Windcarrier installed ...

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Siemens AG has awarded Fred. Olsen Windcarrier the contract for the transport and installation of 67 Siemens 6MW wind turbines at the Veja Mate 400MW wind farm. Construction is expected to start in early 2017.

Veja Mate is located 129 kilometres offshore in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ), in close proximity to BARD Offshore 1 where Fred. Olsen Windcarrier installed the final 14 complete turbines in 2013.

Martin Degen, Commercial Manager for Fred. Olsen Windcarrier said “We are delighted to be working on the Veja Mate project, building on our unprecedented experience constructing the world’s most advanced offshore wind farms in Germany and building on our excellent relationship with Siemens. “

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is currently working for Siemens in the German North Sea, having recently reached the half way mile stone on the Butendiek project.

Image courtesy of Siemens AG

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20th March 2015 Bold Tern reaches halfway mark on Butendiek

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s installation vessel Bold Tern reached a milestone on 19 March 2015 when turbine number 40 was successfully installed on the Butendiek project – bringing the installation campaign to its halfway mark. The work is carried out on behalf of Siemens AG – which supplies its SWT 3.6-120 turbines for the project. Cooperation between the installation teams from Siemens ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s installation vessel Bold Tern reached a milestone on 19 March 2015 when turbine number 40 was successfully installed on the Butendiek project – bringing the installation campaign to its halfway mark.

The work is carried out on behalf of Siemens AG – which supplies its SWT 3.6-120 turbines for the project. Cooperation between the installation teams from Siemens and the crew on board Bold Tern has been very good, which has enabled the installation of the first 40 turbines in a safe and efficient manner. Bold Tern will continue to install the remaining 40 turbines throughout the spring.

The offshore wind farm Butendiek is located west of Sylt in the German North Sea. The wind farm comprises 80 turbines with a total output of 288MW, and once completed it will supply around 370,000 households with renewable energy.

The project also reached another important milestone in February, as the first wind turbines started operation and the wind park delivered its first kilowatt hours into the public grid.

Read more about the Butendiek project on developer and operator wpd’s web pages: www.owp-butendiek.de

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9th March 2015 Mr. Fred. Olsen’s exclusive interview

Fred. Olsen has spent most of his long and fascinating career avoiding the media spotlight. Recently he granted Fortune the first extensive interviews he’s ever conducted. Read the article about Mr. Olsen’s incredible life here in Fortune Magazine and find out about how he came to be so passionate about Offshore Wind – and watches! (Image courtesy of ...

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Fred. Olsen has spent most of his long and fascinating career avoiding the media spotlight. Recently he granted Fortune the first extensive interviews he’s ever conducted.

Read the article about Mr. Olsen’s incredible life here in Fortune Magazine and find out about how he came to be so passionate about Offshore Wind – and watches!

(Image courtesy of Franck Ferville—Agence VU for Fortune)

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18th February 2015 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier exhibiting at EWEA Offshore Wind 2015

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is delighted to be exhibiting at EWEA Offshore 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark between 10th and 12th March. Fred. Olsen related companies Global Wind Service and Universal Foundation will also be exhibiting on the stand. We will be hosting a stand reception on Wednesday 11th March. The exclusive invitation-only reception will take place between 16:30 – 18:30. We look forward to ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is delighted to be exhibiting at EWEA Offshore 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark between 10th and 12th March.

Fred. Olsen related companies Global Wind Service and Universal Foundation will also be exhibiting on the stand.

We will be hosting a stand reception on Wednesday 11th March. The exclusive invitation-only reception will take place between 16:30 – 18:30.

We look forward to catching up with our colleagues and clients at the exhibition. Visit us at stand C2-A18.

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7th January 2015 New Business Unit Opened in Germany

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is pleased to announce the opening of their first German business unit in Hamburg. Fred. Olsen Windcarrier GmbH, which opened officially on January 1st 2015, will be the centre of business development activity for the company’s interests in the German offshore wind market, focused on identifying and securing new business opportunities. The office will also support the interests of ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is pleased to announce the opening of their first German business unit in Hamburg.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier GmbH, which opened officially on January 1st 2015, will be the centre of business development activity for the company’s interests in the German offshore wind market, focused on identifying and securing new business opportunities.

The office will also support the interests of Denmark based related companies Universal Foundation and Global Wind Service who will utilise the office facilities in Hamburg, adding to their existing operations in Germany.

Heading up the new German business operation is Iris Stempfle, general manager, joining the company from her previous position as project manager grid affairs at German electric utilities company EnBW.

Rolf Normann, managing director of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Fred. Olsen Ocean said:

‘We are delighted to have Iris on board heading up this key business unit. Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is committed to the German market and it is essential that we have the right team in place to drive it forwards’.

Iris has a Master’s degree in Scandinavian studies, business administration and politics. She is well equipped to head up the German office for a company of Norwegian heritage, having previously worked for Innovation Norway as a senior consultant for Renewable Energy.

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19th November 2014 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier Joins LEEDCo Team as Installation Partner for Lake Erie Offshore Wind Project

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier Joins LEEDCo Team as Installation Partner for Lake Erie Offshore Wind Project The Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) announced today that experienced wind turbine installation firm Fred. Olsen Windcarrier AS is joining the development team for Project Icebreaker, an offshore wind demonstration project in Lake Erie designed to establish Northeast Ohio as a key region for offshore ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier Joins LEEDCo Team as Installation Partner for Lake Erie Offshore Wind Project

The Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) announced today that experienced wind turbine installation firm Fred. Olsen Windcarrier AS is joining the development team for Project Icebreaker, an offshore wind demonstration project in Lake Erie designed to establish Northeast Ohio as a key region for offshore wind development and expertise.
Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, based in Oslo, Norway, provides innovative and tailored services for the transport, installation and maintenance of offshore wind farms. Their role on the “Icebreaker” project will be to help develop an installation strategy that leverages existing regional assets such as barges, port infrastructure and local manufacturing companies. The strategy will also consider future offshore wind projects both in Lake Erie and throughout the Great Lakes.

“Offshore wind in Lake Erie is a tremendous economic and environmental opportunity, and the long-term market outlook for Northeast Ohio is very strong,” said Rolf Normann, chief executive officer of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier. “There is an abundant untapped renewable resource, a wealth of existing infrastructure, and a need for new sources of electricity generation as Ohio’s coal plants begin to retire. We see the Icebreaker project as the key to catalyzing this new industry for the region, and we’re excited to be a part of it.”

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is a leading installer of offshore wind turbines; they own and operate two highly specialized jack-up installation vessels and have extensive experience installing some of the largest offshore wind turbines in Europe. The company plans to use the Cleveland-based demonstration project as a central part of its strategy to expand operations further into the United States. Earlier this year, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier was selected as the installation contractor for the Block Island wind farm in Rhode Island.

“Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is the gold standard when it comes to offshore wind installation, and we are proud to have them join our team,” said Lorry Wagner, president of LEEDCo. “Helping international offshore wind companies establish a presence in Northeast Ohio is one of the ways we can create local jobs as we build the industry here.”

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11th November 2014 New appointments for Fred. Olsen Windcarrier Denmark

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S is delighted to announce the appointment of Kasper Juul – Schirmer as CEO Of the Denmark Business unit, responsible primarily for the company’s crew transfer vessels. An internal appointment, Kasper has been with Fred. Olsen Windcarrier for 3 years, previously in the position of Technical Director. Prior to working for Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, Kasper worked as Dual ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S is delighted to announce the appointment of Kasper Juul – Schirmer as CEO Of the Denmark Business unit, responsible primarily for the company’s crew transfer vessels.

An internal appointment, Kasper has been with Fred. Olsen Windcarrier for 3 years, previously in the position of Technical Director. Prior to working for Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, Kasper worked as Dual Officer for A.P. Moeller Maersk.

Benjamin Graff has been appointed as the new Technical Director from his previous position as Superintendent at Fred. Olsen Windcarrier.

Martin Brommann has joined the team in Fredericia as the new HSEQ Manger, having worked for the company as First Mate on board Bayard 6 since 2012.

The company also recently appointed a new Crewing Manager Sabine Christensen.

These internal changes and new appointments build on the already strong team. All crew boats are currently under contract and the company is proud to receive consistent positive feedback from clients for the excellent service and attitude of their employees.

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11th November 2014 Global Tech I Wind Turbine Installation

This film follows the Brave Tern for 5 days, installing the towers and nacelles, followed by 5 days on the Bold Tern, installing the rotor stars.

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This film follows the Brave Tern for 5 days, installing the towers and nacelles, followed by 5 days on the Bold Tern, installing the rotor stars.

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3rd November 2014 Universal Foundation put through its paces across major UK Round 3 project sites

The next generation offshore wind foundation from Universal Foundation has recently completed a trial installation campaign across three major offshore wind sites in the UK North Sea, as part of the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) programme. The project was managed by Statoil and delivered by Universal Foundation, in partnership with the Carbon Trust, Statkraft, EON and DONG Energy, in ...

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The next generation offshore wind foundation from Universal Foundation has recently completed a trial installation campaign across three major offshore wind sites in the UK North Sea, as part of the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) programme.

The project was managed by Statoil and delivered by Universal Foundation, in partnership with the Carbon Trust, Statkraft, EON and DONG Energy, in close co-operation with Aalborg University. It also received funding from EUDP, the Danish Energy Agency.

The trial installation was conducted to run a series of tests with a scaled down Universal Foundation design, as well as a “standard” suction anchor for benchmarking and referencing. It focused on penetration ability, verticality, water injection impact on soil plug, forces and stress in skirt structure and internal soil levelling capability. Installation was completed across a range of challenging soil conditions including soft clay,moraine clay, boulder bank clay – with sand spikes and layers, clay crust, sand and silt.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s installation vessel Brave Tern departed from Frederikshavn on the 5th September 2014 to mark the start of the campaign. On deck were two suction foundation structures – one Universal Foundation structure measuring 8m in diameter with a 6m skirt and a reference structure of 4m diameter with 6m skirt. Within the 24-day campaign, 28 suction installations were achieved between the two structures.

“We are delighted with the progress of the project and now follows an equally important period of data analysis with results expected early 2015 to conclude the project”, said Lars Kjuul Kristensen, project manager from Universal Foundation.

“The structures were successfully installed and retrieved in some of the most challenging soil conditions experienced by the participating developers. The Universal Foundation bucket achieved full penetration with 0.1 degree inclination or less, and the functionality of the internal top soil levelling system has been proven. This marks a major step forward in the de-risking of suction technology.”

It marks a milestone in the development of the Universal Foundation and follows on from last year’s successful installation at Dogger Bank, a major Round 3 offshore wind site, where Universal Foundations support two meteorological masts. In addition, an offshore met mast foundation was installed at Horns Rev 2 in Denmark in 2009 and a 3MW turbine on a Universal Foundation has been fully operational in Frederikshavn for 12 years.

Otto Jermiin Nielsen, CEO of Universal Foundation in Denmark said, “The collaboration among the parties involved in this project was extraordinary. Through the Carbon Trust Offshore Wind Accelerator we were able to bring together the right industry players to make the trials happen, and the involvement of Aalborg University made the project set up truly unique. The ability to bring commercial and scientific interests together is the trademark of this project. The results will impact the wind industry for years to come and will be the basis for further important research.”

Jan Matthiesen, Director of Innovation at the Carbon Trust commented, “The results from this latest trial further establish Universal Foundation suction bucket as a promising structure that could be a real game changer for the industry. We have backed the design, along with our partners in the Offshore Wind Accelerator ever since it was shortlisted from the Foundation competition in 2009. We have seen it go from concept through to a detailed de-risking process and now pleased to support this critical phase of installation testing. Universal Foundation will achieve critical cost reduction and has proven it can deliver on a number of key aspects including elimination of noise, faster, easier installation, and now has achieved a big leap forward by demonstrating it can be installed successfully in testing soil conditions.”

“We are very pleased to have completed the test-program of the suction bucket trial installation project and to be able to capture valuable experience and gathered essential data for various types of soil conditions in the North Sea. We are looking forward to a thorough analysis of the results and consider these tests an important step of bringing cost effective foundation technologies further to commercial use in our future projects”, says Jan-Fredrik Stadaas, project lead and technology manager for Offshore Wind in Statoil.

Universal Foundation’s ‘suction bucket’ was one of four novel low cost foundation designs that were shortlisted following an international competition run by the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator in 2009 to discover world leading innovation in this area.

Further findings from the trial installation project will be published in due course.

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27th October 2014 Crew Transfer Vessel – Round-up

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s crew transfer vessels (CTVs) have all been fully contracted, and have been particularly busy in UK waters this year. The CTVs Bayard 1, Bayard 4 and Bayard 7 are employed on an operations and maintenance contract at Walney offshore wind farm, where they will continue working for the duration of their 3 year contract. Bayard 5 is currently working ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s crew transfer vessels (CTVs) have all been fully contracted, and have been particularly busy in UK waters this year.

The CTVs Bayard 1, Bayard 4 and Bayard 7 are employed on an operations and maintenance contract at Walney offshore wind farm, where they will continue working for the duration of their 3 year contract.

Bayard 5 is currently working out of Liverpool on the Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm, on a 24/7 contract with Siemens. Since October 18th, Bayard 2 has also been working on the wind farm, on a 6 month trial for RWE Innogy.

Bayard 3 and Bayard 6 recently completed planned services on Horns Rev 2 for Dong Energy.

Bayard 3 will join Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s Jack-up vessel Bold Tern, which is installing wind turbines on the Butendiek Windfarm. The CTV is operating out of Havneby Harbor on the island of Rømø on a 24/7 contract for Siemens.

The Bayard 6 is now employed on Baltic ll, operating out of Rødvig in Germany, also on a 24/7 contract for Siemens.

The Windcrew-1 is currently working out of Esbjerg, also on the Butendiek project, for Balast Nedam.

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4th September 2014 Final turbines installed on Global Tech I

The final turbines have been installed on the latest offshore wind farm, Global Tech I, in the German North Sea. Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s two high performance vessels transported and installed 75 towers and nacelles and 22 rotor stars of the total of 80 AREVA 5MW turbines, bringing the project to completion on schedule. The installation vessels, Bold Tern and Brave Tern, completed ...

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The final turbines have been installed on the latest offshore wind farm, Global Tech I, in the German North Sea.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s two high performance vessels transported and installed 75 towers and nacelles and 22 rotor stars of the total of 80 AREVA 5MW turbines, bringing the project to completion on schedule.

The installation vessels, Bold Tern and Brave Tern, completed construction of the turbines in eight months, largely due of their experience, capability and reliability and flexible deck layout.

The vessels were able to transport and install four complete towers and nacelles or two towers and nacelles together with two rotor stars on each deployment without the need to change the deck layout.

By separating the installation work schedule to suit the weather-sensitivity of the turbine components, Bold Tern and Brave Tern achieved good progress throughout the winter, spring and summer. Fred. Olsen Windcarrier also obtained multiple gold awards among its suppliers in the project for its excellence in HSE culture and a low number of incidents.

The flexibility of the Bold Tern and Brave Tern was the key to achieving its operational target – their record performance was the transportation and installation of eight turbines in one week, including 10 hours transfer time each way to the wind farm.

The loading of the towers and nacelles took place at the offshore terminal ABC Peninsula of the logistics provider BLG in Bremerhaven. The processes ran smoothly, with the loading of four towers and nacelles in just over one day.

Pre-assembly and loading of the AREVA rotor stars was performed at JadeWeserPort in Wilhelmshaven. Trips with two rotor stars, each weighing 100-tonnes with a diameter of 116 metres took four days, including loading and installation, without any weather delays.

As well as the vessels, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier also provided engineering services, project management and technical manpower to the wind farm’s development – one of the first to feature the AREVA 5MW turbines.

Global Wind Service, a Fred. Olsen-related company, brought invaluable knowledge and experience to the project, supplying a total of 65 offshore workers, including offshore construction managers, lifting supervisors, deck foremen, technicians and QA personnel.

Felix Fliege, Package Manager Transport and Installation, of Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH, the project company building and operators of the wind farm, said:The key to success in the offshore wind farm’s construction was, thanks to the flexible decks layout, the deployment of the jack-up crane vessels either for the tower or nacelle or the rotor star installation. This flexibility enabled us to amend installation plan when ever needed.”

Even Larsen, project manager for Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, said Brave Tern had begun installation at the turn of the year, loading from Bremerhaven and installing the first tower and nacelle at the end of January, with Bold Tern joining her sister in March.

Global Tech I was Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s third installation project in the German waters since the Brave Tern and her sister vessel Bold Tern were launched in 2012/13.

Global Tech I was a really fast track project for Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, where complete project planning including full engineering scope in addition to grillage design, manufacturing and installation was completed in 2 months.

“Global Tech I was an excellent example of how the Fred. Olsen related companies can work together to deliver a market-leading performance under a single contract interface. We hope that this teamwork will be repeated in many projects to come,” said Lars Petersen Global Wind Service CEO.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has its own in-house engineering team making such fast track projects possible. All project-specific lift plans, transit procedures, jacking procedures and HSEQ plans were completed and approved in time for the project.

Carl McGrath, lifting supervisor, said time had been saved on the project by leaving the AREVA designed lifting frame on the components avoiding the need to reattach and disassemble the frames.

“We are delighted to have contributed to the timely completion of such a high-profile project. Weather in the German bight may sometimes be quite rough, and all jacking locations were at a water depth of approximately 40 meters. This project has perfectly demonstrated the flexibility and efficiency of our vessels.”

The lifting sequence was the 180-tonne S3 tower followed by the S2 and S1 tower sections tower weighing 90 tonnes each finishing with the nacelle, which weight 235 tonnes.

The Bold Tern is currently mobilising for installation on Butendiek Offshore Wind Farm, also in the German Bight, whilst the Brave Tern will shortly transit to Fredrikshavn to begin mobilsation for the Carbon Trust Trial Installation project for Universal Foundation.

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1st September 2014 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier exhibiting at WindEnergy Hamburg

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is delighted to be exhibiting at WindEnergy 2014 in Hamburg, Germany between 23rd and 26th September. Fred. Olsen related companies Global Wind Service and Universal Foundation will be also be exhibiting on the stand. We will be hosting a stand reception on Wednesday 24th September. The exclusive invitation-only reception will take place between 4pm and 6pm. Join us to celebrate ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is delighted to be exhibiting at WindEnergy 2014 in Hamburg, Germany between 23rd and 26th September.

Fred. Olsen related companies Global Wind Service and Universal Foundation will be also be exhibiting on the stand.

We will be hosting a stand reception on Wednesday 24th September. The exclusive invitation-only reception will take place between 4pm and 6pm.

Join us to celebrate the completion of installation on Global Tech I where the Brave and the Bold Tern, together with Global Wind Service technicians, will have installed 75 AREVA towers and nacelles and 22 rotor stars.

In addition, Universal Foundation is delighted to be marking a significant milestone in the development of their technology. In partnership with the Carbon Trust, DONG Energy, E.On, Statoil and Statkraft, this September will see the trial installation and retrieval of suction buckets in several locations across three different UK consented sites.

Building on 165 years of offshore and marine experience, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier was established in 2008 to service the growing offshore wind sector.  The company currently owns and operates the Bold Tern and the Brave Tern; two class leading purpose-built jack-up vessels and a fleet of eight modern service vessels for transporting crew and equipment to and from offshore wind farms.

We look forward to catching up with our colleagues and clients at exhibition. Visit us in Hall B4 GF, Stand 114.

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24th June 2014 Contract award for Bayards’ on Walney

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S has entered into an agreement with Walney (UK) Offshore Windfarms Limited for the operations and maintenance on Walney offshore wind farm. The three year contract, signed on the 18th June 2014, is for the supply and operation of three crew transfer vessels commencing in July 2014. Fred. Olsen Windcarrier will establish a 24/7 site office with spare part ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier A/S has entered into an agreement with Walney (UK) Offshore Windfarms Limited for the operations and maintenance on Walney offshore wind farm.

The three year contract, signed on the 18th June 2014, is for the supply and operation of three crew transfer vessels commencing in July 2014.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier will establish a 24/7 site office with spare part facilities and will supply a site supervisor and technical support, mainly from UK technicians.

The intended vessels for the assignment are the Bayard 1, Bayard 5 and Bayard 7.

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16th June 2014 Jack-up vessel BOLD TERN now assisting in rotor star installation

The installation vessel Bold Tern from Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is now also installing rotor stars at the Global Tech I offshore wind farm. In accordance with planning, the project company Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH is flexibly deploying its three installation vessels VIDAR, BOLD TERN and BRAVE TERN for the construction of the AREVA turbines. Arjen Schampers, Technical Managing Director ...

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The installation vessel Bold Tern from Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is now also installing rotor stars at the Global Tech I offshore wind farm.

In accordance with planning, the project company Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH is flexibly deploying its three installation vessels VIDAR, BOLD TERN and BRAVE TERN for the construction of the AREVA turbines. Arjen Schampers, Technical Managing Director of Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH: “The final commissioning work of each wind turbine follows directly upon completion of the rotor star installation. It is important for us that all 80 turbines are fully operational to coincide with the grid connection via BorWin beta due this autumn. Since we finished construction of the towers and nacelles more quickly than anticipated, we have decided to deploy two vessels henceforth to install the rotor stars.” Pre-assembly and transhipment of the AREVA rotor stars is performed at JadeWeserPort in Wilhelmshaven. Progress of the construction phase is continuously reviewed and the logistics planning is modified accordingly. The deck layouts of both Fred. Olsen Windcarrier vessels are flexible, enabling their deployment for the installation of towers and nacelles or alternatively for rotor stars.

There are also changes planned for the rotor star installations performed by AREVA Wind: in June the HOCHTIEF vessel VIDAR will be replaced by installation vessel INNOVATION, owned by the HOCHTIEF subsidiary HGO InfraSea Solutions, at the wind farm. The INNOVATION is capable of transporting four rotor stars at a time to the wind farm and installing them on site.

So far more than 60 towers and nacelles have been erected and well over a third of rotor stars installed. According to the Global Tech I project status, construction of the wind farm will be fully complete and ready for operation this summer.

Picture copyright: JadeWeserPort Realisierungsgesellschaft

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11th June 2014 £6.5M trial of new low cost offshore wind foundation to commence this summer

Low cost foundations could cut energy costs by 10% over next decade. The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) is joining forces with Statoil, Statkraft, EON, DONG Energy and Universal Foundation, in close co-operation with Aalborg University, to undertake installation trials of the Universal Foundation ‘suction bucket’ offshore wind foundation. Such innovative foundation designs alone have the potential to reduce the ...

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Low cost foundations could cut energy costs by 10% over next decade.

The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) is joining forces with Statoil, Statkraft, EON, DONG Energy and Universal Foundation, in close co-operation with Aalborg University, to undertake installation trials of the Universal Foundation ‘suction bucket’ offshore wind foundation. Such innovative foundation designs alone have the potential to reduce the capital costs of offshore wind energy by up to £1bn over the next decade and reduce the cost of energy from offshore wind farms by 10%.

The £6.5m joint industry trial will be executed in Q3 this year, and will see installation of the Universal Foundation ‘suction bucket’ together with a reference bucket at a number of different locations at the sites of three planned major offshore wind farms in the North Sea. The foundations will be installed at each site, then withdrawn and moved onto the next site for testing. The Carbon Trust has estimated that new lower cost foundations could save developers up to a billion pounds on the basis of new foundation designs driving a 10% reduction in the cost of energy from 2,500 offshore wind turbines expected to be deployed over the next decade.

Commenting on the trial Jan Matthiesen, Director of the Carbon Trust’s OWA said: “The ‘suction bucket’ foundation is a really great innovation for the industry as you can install it faster and at lower costs than conventional steel foundations. That is good for developers and for consumers as it means it brings down the cost of offshore wind energy. This trial is critical as it will determine the extent to which it can be applied for future offshore wind projects.”

Jan-Fredrik Stadaas, Technology Manager for Offshore Wind in Statoil said: “This is an important industry project, demonstrating cost reduction through industry collaboration and partnering. It represents also a de-risking activity, moving technology further and securing future cost reductions in the offshore wind market. We hope to see results from this project benefit the whole offshore wind industry, especially in the UK market.”

Universal Foundation has teamed up with Fred. Olsen Windcarrier to perform the trials at sites with differing soil conditions to determine the potential range of use for the new foundation which is quicker to install and requires less steel than conventional monopile foundations.

Universal Foundation’s ‘suction bucket’ was one of four novel low cost foundation designs that were shortlisted following an international competition run by the Carbon Trust in 2009 to discover world leading innovation in this area. Two Universal Foundation ‘suction buckets’ are currently installed at Dogger Bank, a Round 3 offshore wind site, where they support two meteorological masts. In addition, an offshore met. mast foundation was installed in Denmark in 2009 and a 3MW turbine on a Universal Foundation has been fully operational in Frederikshavn since 2002.

Torgeir Ramstad of Universal Foundation said: “We are very pleased to be working jointly with key stakeholders to demonstrate the potential of this unique technology, which we believe will bring substantial cost reductions to future offshore wind farms. Not only are we able to install in a wide range of soil conditions, carrying the largest turbines in deeper waters, we can accomplish installation of turbines immediately following foundation installation thus entering the production phase much faster – These are just a few of the key benefits of our value proposition.–.”

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19th May 2014 Seal of approval for emergency procedure

A trapped seal put Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s emergency procedure to the test on a windfarm construction project in the German North Sea. It was a story with a happy ending both for the seal and the team from Fred. Olsen Windcarriers’ jack-up Brave Tern after the distressed mammal was spotted, taking refuge in the jacking pin hole of one of the ...

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A trapped seal put Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s emergency procedure to the test on a windfarm construction project in the German North Sea.

It was a story with a happy ending both for the seal and the team from Fred. Olsen Windcarriers’ jack-up Brave Tern after the distressed mammal was spotted, taking refuge in the jacking pin hole of one of the vessel’s legs, after becoming entangled in some discarded netting.

Brave Tern had just finished jacking up at the Global Tech 1 site when technicians across the gangway on the turbine foundation saw the seal in trouble.

They raised the alarm and the Master launched the fast response boat to see if the seal could be freed.

The coxwain manoeuvred the boat to allow the crew to reach the seal and lift it on board. They carefully removed the net and returned the seal to the sea. It swam a few metres and then paused to look back – as if to give a ‘thank you’ nod – before heading for the open water.

Despite this interruption, the project remains within the schedule.

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22nd April 2014 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier continues to grow

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, together with related company Global Wind Service, has moved its Danish operation to new offices in Fredericia, Denmark. The new facility provides more space as the companies continue to grow. It has excellent access to major road connections to mainland Europe and across the Danish archipelago and is less than an hour from Billund and the Port of Esbjerg. ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, together with related company Global Wind Service, has moved its Danish operation to new offices in Fredericia, Denmark.

The new facility provides more space as the companies continue to grow. It has excellent access to major road connections to mainland Europe and across the Danish archipelago and is less than an hour from Billund and the Port of Esbjerg. The building, which used to house the old print works, offers ample warehousing facilities for both companies.

Both Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Global Wind Service look forward to welcoming clients in their new facility soon.

New Denmark address:

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier Denmark A/S
Strevelinsvej 28
7000 Fredericia

Telephone: 45 76 20 36 50

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier also has offices in Oslo – Norway, Lowestoft – UK, and Pieta – Malta.

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14th April 2014 Outstanding performance: Installation of eight turbines in one week

The 40th AREVA Wind turbine has been installed within the wind farm Global Tech I The construction of towers and nacelles in the North Sea wind farm Global Tech I is running in full gear: During the weekend the 40thAREVA Wind turbine has been installed. The two high performance vessels Brave Tern and Bold Tern of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier have been ...

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The 40th AREVA Wind turbine has been installed within the wind farm Global Tech I

The construction of towers and nacelles in the North Sea wind farm Global Tech I is running in full gear: During the weekend the 40thAREVA Wind turbine has been installed. The two high performance vessels Brave Tern and Bold Tern of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier have been deployed since January and March of this year respectively. Since then, they installed both together 35 turbines. The record performance so far was eight turbines during one week including ten hours transfer times to the wind farm. The transhipment of the components takes place at the offshore terminal ABC Peninsular docks of the logistics provider BLG in Bremerhaven. The processes are all running so smoothly that the loading of four towers and nacelles is done within a little more than one day.

Until now, 40 towers and nacelles and nine rotor stars have been successfully installed. According to the programme, the wind farm will be fully erected and operational this summer. When Global Tech I is connected via the BorWin beta converter station to the grid, the 80 5 megawatt turbines of AREVA Wind will then start to supply environmentally-friendly power for the equivalent needs of 445,000 households.

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7th March 2014 Bold Tern awarded Global Tech I Transport & Installation contract – joining sister vessel Brave Tern

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier International Ltd., which is indirectly owned 50/50 by Bonheur ASA and Ganger Rolf ASA, has been awarded an additional contract by the German company Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH for the installation vessel “Bold Tern”. The Bold Tern will join sister vessel Brave Tern, which commenced work on the project in December 2013, for the transport and ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier International Ltd., which is indirectly owned 50/50 by Bonheur ASA and Ganger Rolf ASA, has been awarded an additional contract by the German company Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH for the installation vessel “Bold Tern”.

The Bold Tern will join sister vessel Brave Tern, which commenced work on the project in December 2013, for the transport and installation work of Areva 5MW wind turbines and associated equipment at the Global Tech I wind farm in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

The contract for Bold Tern commences immediately and is expected to last for around 4 months. The scope of work includes the provision of installation technicians from Global Wind Service A/S (DK) a company indirectly owned 51% by Bonheur ASA and Ganger Rolf ASA.

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7th March 2014 Jack-up vessel BOLD TERN joins sister vessel at the Global Tech I site

The installation vessel BOLD TERN from Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is now deployed for the installation of wind turbines in the Global Tech I project. Together with sister vessel BRAVE TERN, according to plan, two crane vessels will work on the tower and nacelle installations at the North Sea wind farm. Both of these installation vessels have large decks and can each ...

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The installation vessel BOLD TERN from Fred. Olsen Windcarrier is now deployed for the installation of wind turbines in the Global Tech I project. Together with sister vessel BRAVE TERN, according to plan, two crane vessels will work on the tower and nacelle installations at the North Sea wind farm.

Both of these installation vessels have large decks and can each transport four towers and nacelles each trip to the wind farm location and install them there. Transhipment of the components takes place at the offshore terminal ABC Peninsular docks of the logistics provider BLG in Bremerhaven.

The ABC Peninsular also acts as an intermediate storage location for the components. The self-propelled vessels take approximately ten hours to sail from Bremerhaven to the installation site. The vessel BRAVE TERN is currently preparing for its fourth trip to the construction field to install towers and nacelles. All in sum 15 towers and nacelles are installed so far in the construction field.

Having three vessels involved allows much flexibility in the schedule for installation of the turbines. Wind farm construction is due for completion over the course of the coming summer and as the 80 turbines are installed they will be brought successively into operation.

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18th February 2014 The Bold Tern awarded U.S. installation contract with Deepwater Wind

Bold Tern Ltd. , a company in the Fred. Olsen Windcarrier Group(“Fred. Olsen Windcarrier”) has secured a contract for the installation of wind turbines at Block Island Wind Farm, one of the first offshore wind farms in the United States. The American developer Deepwater Wind revealed last week that the site will consist of five Alstom Haliade™ 150-6 MW wind turbines, ...

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Bold Tern Ltd. , a company in the Fred. Olsen Windcarrier Group(“Fred. Olsen Windcarrier”) has secured a contract for the installation of wind turbines at Block Island Wind Farm, one of the first offshore wind farms in the United States.
The American developer Deepwater Wind revealed last week that the site will consist of five Alstom Haliade™ 150-6 MW wind turbines, generating approximately 125,000 MWH of electricity each year, enough to power over 17,000 homes.The project is an ideal fit for Fred. Olsen Windcarrier which is fast gaining a reputation for its forward thinking approach to the developing offshore wind sector.

Deepwater Wind is at the forefront of America’s evolving offshore wind market and is bringing some of the world’s most innovative offshore wind technology to the United States and jumpstarting an East Coast offshore wind industry.

“We are very pleased to add Fred. Olsen Windcarrier to our world-class team for the Block Island Wind Farm.  The Bold Tern is a class-leading vessel for offshore installation and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier brings deep experience in offshore construction and high standards of excellence to the work they do.”  Jeffrey Grybowski, CEO, Deepwater Wind.

Not only will this project be one of the first wind farms to be developed offshore in the U.S.A., but it will also be the first wind farm to feature Alstom’s powerful 6MW turbine. Having previously installed Alstom’s Haliade™ 150-6 MW offshore demonstrator turbine in Belgium last autumn, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier will bring all important experience to the project.

‘We are truly delighted to be installing this significant project which is driving forward the Offshore Wind industry in the United States. We have already established a very good relationship with the people in the project team at Deepwater Wind and we will once again be working with Alstom to install their impressive 6MW turbine” said Ketil Arvesen of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s class-leading self-propelled jack-up vessel Bold Tern will perform the installation off the coast of Rhode Island. The Bold Tern is due to commence work in the third quarter of 2016.

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29th January 2014 Project Update: Brave Tern commences WTG installation at Global Tech I

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s Brave Tern has installed its first AREVA M5000 WTG on the Global Tech I wind farm in the German Bight in the North Sea. The Global Tech I wind farm is due to be completed this summer and will consist of 80 AREVA wind turbines in total. The Brave Tern entered the project in late December 2013 for loading from ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s Brave Tern has installed its first AREVA M5000 WTG on the Global Tech I wind farm in the German Bight in the North Sea.

The Global Tech I wind farm is due to be completed this summer and will consist of 80 AREVA wind turbines in total.

The Brave Tern entered the project in late December 2013 for loading from Bremerhaven and the first tower and nacelle was fully installed earlier this month.

In total, the vessel will install a further 44 WTG’s on Global Tech I, following the recently announced extension to her existing work, taking the contract from 30-45 WTG’s.

The Brave Tern is a flexible vessel for the project with her 3200m² deck area allowing for transportation of 4 sets of complete towers and nacelles.

This is Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s third installation project in the German Bight since the Brave Tern and her sister vessel Bold Tern were launched in 2012/13.

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28th January 2014 Global Tech I Contract Extension

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier International Ltd., which is indirectly owned on a 50/50 basis by Bonheur ASA and Ganger Rolf ASA, has been awarded an extended contract with the German company Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH. The work will be performed using the jack-up vessel “Brave Tern”. The contract is a direct continuation of the current work on the German North ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier International Ltd., which is indirectly owned on a 50/50 basis by Bonheur ASA and Ganger Rolf ASA, has been awarded an extended contract with the German company Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH. The work will be performed using the jack-up vessel “Brave Tern”.

The contract is a direct continuation of the current work on the German North Sea project and will take the total WTG’s to be installed by Brave Tern from 30 to 45. The contract commenced in December 2013 and with the extension is anticipated to take 170 days.

The contract includes the provision of installation technicians from Global Wind Service A/S (DK) a company indirectly owned 51% by Bonheur ASA and Ganger Rolf ASA.

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23rd December 2013 Brave Tern Awarded Global Tech I Installation Contract

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier International Ltd., which is indirectly owned 50/50 by Bonheur ASA and Ganger Rolf ASA, has been awarded a contract by the German company Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH for transport and installation work of Areva 5MW wind turbines and associated equipment at the Global Tech I wind farm in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The contract ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier International Ltd., which is indirectly owned 50/50 by Bonheur ASA and Ganger Rolf ASA, has been awarded a contract by the German company Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH for transport and installation work of Areva 5MW wind turbines and associated equipment at the Global Tech I wind farm in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

The contract commences in December 2013 and is anticipated to take 110 days with options for extensions.

The work will be performed using the installation vessel “Brave Tern”. The contract includes the provision of installation technicians from Global Wind Service A/S (DK) a company indirectly owned 51% by Bonheur ASA and Ganger Rolf ASA.

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20th December 2013 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier celebrates 3 million hours without a lost time injury – Think First – Act Safely

The new build construction of Brave Tern and Bold Tern are making good progress in Dubai and the Fred Olsen motto of Think First; Act Safely is alive and well in the process. Lamprell Energy as the EPC contractor are reaching the final stages of construction on Brave Tern and are focusing on an engine start up target in late December. ...

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The new build construction of Brave Tern and Bold Tern are making good progress in Dubai and the Fred Olsen motto of Think First; Act Safely is alive and well in the process.

Lamprell Energy as the EPC contractor are reaching the final stages of construction on Brave Tern and are focusing on an engine start up target in late December. The final fit out works are in progress and the remaining structural work on the funnel and helideck and being prepared for erection. Having cut steel 15 months ago the Brave Tern has consumed 2.3 million man hours and is due for delivery in May 2012.

Her sister ship the Bold Tern is following behind and nearing 1 million man hours with delivery planned in September of the same year.

Lamprell Energy’s Project Manager Mr. Darren MacDonald said “we are extremely proud of our safety achievements on this program and it is a credit to all involved to have exceeded 3 million hours without a Lost Time Injury. The input and experience from the Fred Olsen site team and their attention to safety has been a welcomed contribution and both parties are intent on seeing the vessel delivered with a zero LTI record”.

This photograph of the October HSE awards was taken at Lamprell’s Jebel Ali facility from the Brave Tern aft deck. The management of Lamprell and Fred Olsen presented awards to 26 workers who have been recognized as positively influencing the safety aspects of the project. Lamprell has a positive approach to safety and each month there is a celebration held with all personnel involved on the project to recognize achievements and focus on the importance of thinking and acting safely.

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4th December 2013 Second Met Mast Erected at Dogger Bank

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up vessel Brave Tern erected the second of two planned meteorological masts at Forewind’s Dogger Bank using Universal Foundation’s innovative suction installed Bucket Foundation and a “human free” technique for the steel tower placement. The latest mast to be installed – Dogger Bank Met Mast West – will provide essential wind, wave and other weather information, as well ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up vessel Brave Tern erected the second of two planned meteorological masts at Forewind’s Dogger Bank using Universal Foundation’s innovative suction installed Bucket Foundation and a “human free” technique for the steel tower placement.

The latest mast to be installed – Dogger Bank Met Mast West – will provide essential wind, wave and other weather information, as well as marine traffic data for the Dogger Bank offshore wind energy development. It is located approximately 150 kilometres from the UK coast.

Installed by Fred. Olsen United utilising the 132m jack-up vessel Brave Tern, the operation was completed smoothly and without any accidents or injuries.

The foundation, designed by Universal Foundation, was installed by applying suction in the bucket, to pull it into the seabed. Hundreds of water jets integral to the base steered the foundation to keep it level during its installation. Next the 93-metre lattice tower was manoeuvred into place using a “human free” technique employing guide cones, and therefore enabling the crew to stay on deck and avoid lifting hazards.

Forewind General Manager Lee Clarke said the use of a new foundation technology combined with the safer installation technique shows how the growing offshore wind industry provides companies and contractors with the scope to put new ideas into practice for the benefit of all.

“The scale and scope of the Round 3 projects like Dogger Bank will continue to provide ongoing opportunities to introduce innovative technological advances and improved methods that will help reduce costs and improve efficiencies industry-wide,” Dr Clarke said.

The foundation was constructed at Harland and Wolff’s facility in Belfast and Project Manager Ken Hawkins said they were delighted that that it was installed exactly as intended.

“We are investing heavily in new facilities and equipment to ensure we can continue to drive down costs while enhancing our capacity and the quality of the product,” he said.

The Forewind project was supported by the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator programme, which takes the best concepts for offshore wind turbine foundations from design to deployment.

“This is great news,” said the Carbon Trust’s Associate Director, Innovation, Phil de Villiers.

“Novel foundations being developed through the Offshore Wind Accelerator programme are essential to rapidly reduce the capital costs of the next large-scale offshore wind farms.”

“The successful deployment of the second Bucket Foundation at Dogger Bank is a major step in giving offshore wind developers more options as they look to select components for future Round 3 projects.”

Dogger Bank Met Mast West will now be set-up and commissioned and it is expected to be fully operational by the end of September.

View video footage of the installation on the Forewind website. The video can be found on the second slide on the homepage.

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27th November 2013 Bold Tern installs Alstom’s pioneering Haliade 150-6MW offshore wind turbine

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and its specialist jack-up vessel Bold Tern has installed the largest offshore wind turbine ever to be positioned in sea waters. Installation of Alstom’s 6MW Haliade 150 was successfully completed on November 16th despite serious interruptions from severe weather at the Belwind site 45km off the Ostend coast. The exceptional dimensions of the new turbine meant Alstom called for ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and its specialist jack-up vessel Bold Tern has installed the largest offshore wind turbine ever to be positioned in sea waters.

Installation of Alstom’s 6MW Haliade 150 was successfully completed on November 16th despite serious interruptions from severe weather at the Belwind site 45km off the Ostend coast.

The exceptional dimensions of the new turbine meant Alstom called for the Bold Tern, one of the latest generation of jack-up vessels, which entered service with Fred. Olsen Windcarrier in February 2013.

As well as its large deck area of 3,200m2, the Bold Tern is equipped with a robust and versatile crane capable of handling 800tonne components at sea.

The Bold Tern also has a DP2 dynamic positioning system for increased safety and can cope with challenging weather conditions. It was ideal to manage Alstom’s massive turbine with its 73.5m long blades and rotor diameter of 150m. The overall weight of the turbine and its structure totals 1,500tonnes.

The installation set up consists of the three tower sections, the nacelle with hub and two blades attached in the bunny ear configuration and a single third blade. Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s scope of work was to deliver the fully mobilised Bold Tern along with engineering services, lift supervision and WTG technicians, supplied by Fred. Olsen related company Global Wind Service, to ensure successful installation for a pioneering project.

Bold Tern was loaded at the Port of Ostend during the week beginning September 30th and left for Belwind on October 7th, ready to start installation the following day.

“The tower sections were smoothly installed before there was a period of severe winds when work was halted,” said Fred. Olsen Windcarrier lead engineer Sten Rundström. “When the required weather window finally happened, the remaining installation of the nacelle and final blade went very well and in the early hours of November 16th the first Alstom Haliade 150 6MW offshore turbine was successfully installed.”

The installation will demonstrate how the machine behaves in the offshore environment for which it was specifically designed and developed. It follows successful tests performed in March 2012 at Le Carnet site in France.

Its scale makes the turbine more efficient, with a yield 15% better than existing offshore turbines, supplying power to the equivalent of about 5,000 households.

Operating without a gearbox (using direct drive), its permanent-magnet enerator means there are fewer mechanical parts inside, making it more reliable and helping reduce operating and maintenance costs.

This installation is seen as a key milestone in the industrialisation process of Alstom’s 6MW turbine. The current construction of two factories in Saint-Nazaire (nacelles and generator) should be complete by summer 2014. Work on two Cherbourg factories (blades and towers) will follow.

“This project with Belwind asserts our technological leadership and our innovative abilities. The installation of our turbine which is simple, robust and efficient thus contributing in boosting the competitiveness of offshore wind energy,” said Alstom Wind senior vice-president Alfonso Faubel.

Project Manager Per Dyberg said ‘the strong relationship between Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and Alstom, based on mutual trust and respect, was fundamental to the entire project.

‘The successful installation was thanks to the skilled and flexible engineering team, the proactive and dedicated project management team and the vast experience of the offshore construction team. And having a highly competent client that was able to take decisions on site ensured that the installation of the prototype went smoothly in spite of many challenges.’

This installation concludes the sixth successful project for Fred. Olsen Windcarrier jack-up vessels Bold Tern and her sister ship, Brave Tern, in their inaugural year of operation.

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15th November 2013 Alstom’s 6MW Haliade offshore wind turbine loaded at Ostend

The various components of Alstom’s 6MW offshore wind turbine, currently one of the most powerful on the market, are in the process of being loaded onto the liftboat or self-elevating wind turbine installation and crane unit, “Bold Tern”, in the port of Ostend, Belgium. The vessel, owned by Fred Olsen Windcarrier, specialists in the transport and installation of offshore wind ...

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The various components of Alstom’s 6MW offshore wind turbine, currently one of the most powerful on the market, are in the process of being loaded onto the liftboat or self-elevating wind turbine installation and crane unit, “Bold Tern”, in the port of Ostend, Belgium. The vessel, owned by Fred Olsen Windcarrier, specialists in the transport and installation of offshore wind turbines, will then carry out its installation in the Belwind wind park, 45 km off the Ostend coast.

It is because of the exceptional dimensions of its new 6MW offshore wind turbine that Alstom has contracted the services of the latest generation of liftboats.  With its 73.5m long blades, the rotor has a diameter of 150m.

Built in 2012, the Bold Tern entered into service with Fred Olsen Windcarrier in February 2013 to manage the installation of the newest offshore wind turbines.  In addition to its open deck area of 3,200m2, the vessel is equipped with extremely robust cranes to cope with loading 800 tonne components as the ship is at sea. The Bold Tern is equipped with a DP2 dynamic positioning system for increased safety.  These specific features enable the vessel to cope with challenging weather conditions.

Key dates

  • 25 September: Bold Tern ship arrives at the Port of Ostend in Belgium.
  • 30 September – 01 October: loading of the tower components
  • 5-6 October: loading of the rotor and the third blade
  • 7 October: Bold Tern ship leaves Port of Ostend
  • 8 October: Bold Tern arrives at Belwind wind park, and starts installation of tower components
  • 11 October: 2 first tower components installed, but the rough weather conditions have put operations on hold.
  • 15 October: third tower component installed during a less windy night. Rough weather conditions have put operations on hold again.

Key figures:

  • A 6MW Haliade wind turbine provides sufficient energy to power 5,000 homes.
  • The diameter of the Haliade wind turbine’s rotor measures 150m – one of the largest ever built.
  • The blades are 73.5m long.
  • The Haliade 150 rotor can cover a surface area of 17,860m2.
  • The nacelle weighs around 400 tonnes and the total weight of the Haliade 150, its jacket foundation and the mast is 1,500 tonnes.
  • Offshore wind sub-stations installed or in the process of being installed by Alstom Grid will produce a total of more than 2.9 GW.
  • The 6MW Haliade 150 is adapted to sites where the wind reference speed is 50 m/s (average over 10 minutes) and with gusts which could reach 70 m/s (average over 3 seconds), in other words, the highest speed registered over the past 50 years.

Keep up to date with the latest developments on the installation project via the Alstom website.

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15th August 2013 Riffgat Project Successfully Completed

The first vessel in the world to deliver and install eight complete turbines at a windfarm site in a single deployment finished work on its first project on the 18th of July. By loading and transporting the towers in one piece, saving on lifting operations and freeing up deck space, the Bold Tern was able to carry up to eight turbines ...

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The first vessel in the world to deliver and install eight complete turbines at a windfarm site in a single deployment finished work on its first project on the 18th of July.

By loading and transporting the towers in one piece, saving on lifting operations and freeing up deck space, the Bold Tern was able to carry up to eight turbines per voyage, reducing the number of transit operations and sailing time. And after a significant learning curve, turbines are now being installed in less than 12 hours on average, with a record of just under 10 hours.

Cooperation between all parties involved (EWE, Siemens Windpower, Blue Water Shipping and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier) ensured the fast and smooth completion of the project.

Simultaneously to Bold Tern’s deployment, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier had a total of three Bayard service vessels in the area; two of which worked alongside Bold Tern on the Riffgat project while a third Bayard was working in the same area on the BARD project along-side Brave Tern.

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6th May 2013 First Wind Turbine Installed at Riffgat Offshore Wind Farm (Germany)

The first of a total of 30 wind turbines for EWE’s Riffgat offshore wind farm at the North Sea has been installed. “Further seven turbines are already on board the specialized vessel, so that Riffgat will now continue to grow very rapidly,” says EWE’s Dr. Torsten Köhne. The plan is to have the wind farm ready by summer. “If everything continues ...

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The first of a total of 30 wind turbines for EWE’s Riffgat offshore wind farm at the North Sea has been installed. “Further seven turbines are already on board the specialized vessel, so that Riffgat will now continue to grow very rapidly,” says EWE’s Dr. Torsten Köhne. The plan is to have the wind farm ready by summer.

“If everything continues to run well, Riffgat will be Germany’s first fully erected commercial wind farm in the North Sea,” Köhne announced.

After the start of construction in June last year, the project team had initially built all the foundations for the offshore wind turbines and completed the wiring inside the park. The substation, situated in the center of the wind farm, was installed in February.

Now, everything is ready for the SWT-3.6-120 wind turbines that have been made in the recent months by Siemens in Denmark. The tower sections, nacelles and rotor blades are loaded in Esbjerg on the installation vessel “Bold Tern” from the Norwegian shipping company Fred Olsen WindCarrier. From there, the components go toward Borkum Riffgat. The vessel will commute four times in the coming weeks, until all systems are installed at their destination.

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5th March 2013 Bold Tern delivered

Bold Tern delivered from Lamprell Shipyard- 18.02.2013 Bold Tern Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Fred.Olsen Windcarrier AS, which is indirectly owned on a 50/50 basis by Bonheur ASA and Ganger Rolf ASA, has today taken delivery of the newbuild “Brave Tern” from the Lamprell Shipyard in Dubai. The “Bold Tern” is a self-elevating vessel for installation of offshore wind turbines ...

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Bold Tern delivered from Lamprell Shipyard- 18.02.2013 Bold Tern Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Fred.Olsen Windcarrier AS, which is indirectly owned on a 50/50 basis by Bonheur ASA and Ganger Rolf ASA, has today taken delivery of the newbuild “Brave Tern” from the Lamprell Shipyard in Dubai.

The “Bold Tern” is a self-elevating vessel for installation of offshore wind turbines and associated equipment. It will be operated through Fred.Olsen Windcarrier to provide transport and installation services to the expanding offshore wind markets. The vessel will shortly mobilize to perform its first contract.
The vessel is the second J/U Installation vessel that Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has built at Lamprell Shipyard. The organization and crew is proud to take delivery of the vessel and engage her in operation from day one!

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5th December 2012 Naming Ceremony – “Brave Tern”

We proudly announce that the naming ceremony of our 1.st self-elevating installation vessel “Brave Tern” took place on Saturday the 12th of May 2012, at the Lamprell Shipyard in Dubai.

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We proudly announce that the naming ceremony of our 1.st self-elevating installation vessel “Brave Tern” took place on Saturday the 12th of May 2012, at the Lamprell Shipyard in Dubai.

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5th October 2012 Brave Tern delivered

Brave Tern Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Fred.Olsen Windcarrier AS, which is indirectly owned on a 50/50 basis by Bonheur ASA and Ganger Rolf ASA, has today taken delivery of the newbuild “Brave Tern” from the Lamprell Shipyard in Dubai. The “Brave Tern” is a self-elevating vessel for installation of offshore wind turbines and associated equipment. It will be operated ...

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Brave Tern Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Fred.Olsen Windcarrier AS, which is indirectly owned on a 50/50 basis by Bonheur ASA and Ganger Rolf ASA, has today taken delivery of the newbuild “Brave Tern” from the Lamprell Shipyard in Dubai.

The “Brave Tern” is a self-elevating vessel for installation of offshore wind turbines and associated equipment. It will be operated through Fred.Olsen Windcarrier to provide transport and installation services to the expanding offshore wind markets. The vessel will shortly mobilise to perform its first contract.

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17th April 2012 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier celebrates Naming of service vessel Bayard 4 with industry guests

Pioneering offshore wind farm vessel provider, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, celebrated the Naming Ceremony of new service vessel Bayard 4 with over 100 top industry guests on Thursday 12th April at a launch party at Butler’s Wharf Pier, London UK. Pioneering offshore wind farm vessel provider, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, celebrated the Naming Ceremony of new service vessel Bayard 4 with over 100 ...

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Pioneering offshore wind farm vessel provider, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, celebrated the Naming Ceremony of new service vessel Bayard 4 with over 100 top industry guests on Thursday 12th April at a launch party at Butler’s Wharf Pier, London UK.

Pioneering offshore wind farm vessel provider, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, celebrated the Naming Ceremony of new service vessel Bayard 4 with over 100 top industry guests on Thursday 12th  April at a launch party at Butler’s Wharf Pier, London UK.

The Bayard class vessels are multi-purpose usage, but built specifically for supporting offshore wind farms. With outstanding performance, flexibility and efficiency Bayard vessels are redefining the role of maritime support within the industry – three Bayard vessels are already deployed across Europe and this forth addition is already scheduled for deployed with SIEMENS Wind Power on London Array.

The Naming Ceremony, hosted by Fred. and Anette Olsen last week saw over 40 firms within the offshore wind industry represented. The industry group of experts gathered on the Pier to celebrate the launch of Bayard 4, and once godmother Sue Dowler named the boat with the traditional champagne smash on the bow, proceedings led guests along the River Thames with a unique experience of Tower Bridge opening to mark the occasion.

Tor Erik Andreassen, CEO of Fred. Olsen Wincarrier commented: “We are very proud to celebrate the delivery of our fourth service class vessel, Bayard 4, to the offshore wind industry. All other Bayard vessels are currently deployed and this latest edition is also straight in to action with SIEMENS Wind Power. The

Naming Ceremony is an excellent way to discuss future requirements with gathered clients and to celebrate Fred. Olsen related achievements in the market to date. Fred. Olsen Windcarrier will have five service boats in operation by Q2 2012 with the intention to expand this further in the very near future due to unprecedented demand.”

 

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8th March 2012 Expanding the Crew Boat Fleet

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has today signed a contract with Båtservice Holding AS (Mandal, Norway) for the construction of a further three new crew boats. The new contract reflects declaring options of the original contract for four vessels signed 11.02.2011. Three of the first four vessels have been delivered and the fourth vessel is due before Easter. The vessels carry the name ...

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has today signed a contract with Båtservice Holding AS (Mandal, Norway) for the construction of a further three new crew boats. The new contract reflects declaring options of the original contract for four vessels signed 11.02.2011.

Three of the first four vessels have been delivered and the fourth vessel is due before Easter. The vessels carry the name “Bayard”, followed by a sequential number.  This name has long standing traditions within the Fred. Olsen companies, having been used on ten different vessels since 1861.

The new build Bayards have been in operation at Horns Rev for Vattenfall and one vessel is currently performing tests of the MaXaccess personnel transfer system designed by Osbit Power, for Statoil and Siemens at the Hywind floating wind turbine off Karmøy, Norway. All the four first vessels will this spring gradually mobilize to the London Array on contract to Siemens Windpower.

The new Bayards have been very well received by the clients and by the service crews being transported on a daily basis to and from the offshore windfarms. The vessel crews are also very happy and proud of their new and comfortable vessels. The design efforts made to optimize the vessel performance and to minimize vessel motions have clearly made a major difference.

The vessels are custom designed to transport service technicians to and from offshore wind turbines. The vessels will be classed by DNV with the “Windfarm Service 1” notation, ensuring the highest standard for our clients.

Says Tor Erik Andreassen, the Managing Director of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier; “The operational experience we have gathered to date with the vessels we ordered at Båtservice in Mandal a year ago clearly demonstrate a leap in technology and performance. We are very happy to exercise contract options with the Båtservice yard which has proven their ability to deliver high quality vessels. Today’s contract for additional crew boats represents an important milestone for Fred. Olsen Windcarrier in becoming the preferred provider of maritime services to the offshore wind industry, in seamless collaboration with our daughter company Global Wind Service A/S.”

The three new vessels will be delivered between October 2012 and February 2013.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier AS is indirectly owned 50/50 by Bonheur ASA and Ganger Rolf ASA (listed on Oslo Stock Exchange). The company has its offices in Oslo and Fredericia.

VESSEL SPECIFICATIONS
Length overall                                 21                m
Beam                                                    7                m
Max. speed                                     30                knots
Service speed                                 25                knots
No. of passengers                         12
Payload                                            10                tons

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1st March 2012 Naming ceremony for Bayard 3 on the 17th of February

Fred.Olsen Windcarrier held a naming ceremony for number three of the four Bayard class crew vessels. The ceremony took place at the waterfront downtown Mandal, Norway on a sunny day with Fred.Olsen himself present. Once godmother Ellen Oset officially named the vessel Bayard 3 with the traditional champagne on the bow, there were guided tours of the vessel and afterwards a festive lunch. The Bayard ...

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Fred.Olsen Windcarrier held a naming ceremony for number three of the four Bayard class crew vessels.

The ceremony took place at the waterfront downtown Mandal, Norway on a sunny day with Fred.Olsen himself present.

Once godmother Ellen Oset officially named the vessel Bayard 3 with the traditional champagne on the bow, there were guided tours of the vessel and afterwards a festive lunch.

The Bayard class has been specifically designed to best serve the high demands of the wind industry. Purpose-built for safe and efficient transport of crew and cargo to and from offshore wind farms, the Bayard class sets the standard for future crew vessels.

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13th February 2012 Successful launch of Brave Tern

Our jack-up installation vessel, the Brave Tern, was recently successfully transported from her construction site and launched into the ocean according to schedule. As the vessel has been built several hundred meters from the sea, the launch was unlike a classical ship launch in that it ran over a total of six days.  Brave Tern was driven on a total of 414 ...

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Our jack-up installation vessel, the Brave Tern, was recently successfully transported from her construction site and launched into the ocean according to schedule.

As the vessel has been built several hundred meters from the sea, the launch was unlike a classical ship launch in that it ran over a total of six days.  Brave Tern was driven on a total of 414 axles corresponding to 1600 wheels a distance of 700 meters to the quayside. With a transport weight of 12,200 tonnes, the load out is one of the heaviest vessel land moves in the world. The shore transport was completed in less than three hours. Once the vessel was maneuvered onto a submersible barge and the transport axles removed, the barge was then ballasted and the ship was floated off.  She is now safely moored at the quayside for further outfitting.

Commenting about the load out, Tor Erik Andreassen, Managing Director of Fred. Olsen Windcarrier said:

“Two years after signing the contract with Lamprell, the move of the first vessel from the construction site and into her natural wet environment is an important event marking a large step towards a successful delivery of our new build.  I was thrilled to personally witness the breathtaking move of the vessel to the quayside. Lamprell is well on track to deliver the high class product we ordered.”

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21st December 2011 Windcarrier celebrates naming ceremony for BAYARD 1

On the 17th of November 2011, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier christened the first of four new service crew boats built by Båtservice in Mandal, Norway. The ceremony took place in Esbjerg, Denmark, where godmother Ulla Høj Petersen named the vessel Bayard 1.  The Bayard name has a long history in the Fred. Olsen companies and has been used nine times previously over ...

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On the 17th of November 2011, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier christened the first of four new service crew boats built by Båtservice in Mandal, Norway.

The ceremony took place in Esbjerg, Denmark, where godmother Ulla Høj Petersen named the vessel Bayard 1.  The Bayard name has a long history in the Fred. Olsen companies and has been used nine times previously over the past 160 years. The Bayard name has been found on vessels powered by sails, steam and diesel engines, on general cargo vessels, roll on roll off vessels, and even a ferry.

Bayard 1 is built to serve the high demands of the wind industry. It is purpose-built for transporting crew and cargo to and from offshore wind farms and will set the standard for crew vessels.

The vessel has commenced her first contract on Horns Rev 1 for three months, which will be followed by ten months on the London Array project.

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21st December 2011 Fred. Olsen Windcarrier celebrates naming ceremony for Bayard 2

On the 14th of December 2011, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier held a naming ceremony for the number two of four new-build crew vessels. Godmother June Mette Friberg officially named the vessel Bayard 2 The ceremony took place at shipyard Båtservice AS in Mandal, Norway on a wet and windy day. During a guided viewing of the vessel, Anette Olsen got a chance to ...

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On the 14th of December 2011, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier held a naming ceremony for the number two of four new-build crew vessels.

Godmother June Mette Friberg officially named the vessel Bayard 2

The ceremony took place at shipyard Båtservice AS in Mandal, Norway on a wet and windy day. During a guided viewing of the vessel, Anette Olsen got a chance to try the controls on the bridge and was impressed with the functionality and workmanship of the vessel.

The Bayard class has been specifically designed to best serve the high demands of the wind industry. Purpose-built for safe and efficient transport of crew and cargo to and from offshore wind farms, the Bayard class sets the standard for future crew vessels.

The vessel will soon be serving the development of the London Array windfarm for Siemens Windpower.

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8th December 2011 Bayard 2 service vessel launched

On Tuesday, 6th of December our second in a series of four new-build service vessels was successfully launched! Bayard 2 is a sister of the Bayard 1 vessel delivered in November 2011. Bayard 1 has proved its capabilities by her excellent performance at Horns Rev wind farm and we look forward to delivery of Bayard 2 from the yard before year’s end.

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On Tuesday, 6th of December our second in a series of four new-build service vessels was successfully launched!

Bayard 2 is a sister of the Bayard 1 vessel delivered in November 2011. Bayard 1 has proved its capabilities by her excellent performance at Horns Rev wind farm and we look forward to delivery of Bayard 2 from the yard before year’s end.

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