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 “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.

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