At the end of last week, Vroon subsea-support walk-to-work unit VOS Start arrived in IJmuiden after almost two years engaged in operations for offshore renewables client MHI Vestas Offshore Wind (MVOW).
The Netherlands-flagged vessel commenced duties for MVOW in August 2017, providing offshore logistics support, accommodation and walk-to-work services during construction of Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm in the Irish Sea. This was followed, in spring 2018, by a period supporting the commissioning phase of Germany’s Borkum Riffgrund II offshore wind park.
Earlier this year, VOS Start undertook walk-to-work operations at Total’s offshore assets in the Dutch sector of the Southern North Sea, before returning to the Irish Sea where she resumed duties for MVOW in the Burbo Bank and Walney Offshore Wind Farms.
During the coming days, VOS Start will be demobilized, with the removal of temporary living quarters and containers that were specific requirements for the recent project.
VOS Start is available on a prompt basis until its next commitment in October, Vroon said.
According to owner Vroon, 2017-built sister vessels VOS Start and VOS Stone are purpose built to support offshore operations and walk-to-work projects in the renewables and oil and gas industries.
Fitted with a 50-ton active-heave-compensated crane and able to accommodate up to 60 client personnel, VOS Start was designed to allow optimal people and cargo workflow between main deck, accommodation areas and the offshore asset. Her Barge Master motion-compensated gangway system is a pivotal element of the shipboard workflow, as people (and cargo trolleys, if required) can enter a lift built in the tower, along which the gangway system slides vertically between 9 and 27 meters on the sea level, maintaining a horizontal position when landing at any height between 14.5 and 22 meters.
VOS Start entering Ijmuiden (Photo: Joop Marechal / Vroon)