DBB Jack-Up Services A/S announced today a charter agreement with Siemens Energy. The agreement will see Siemens charter a new purpose-built jack-up vessel from DBB Jack-Up to service the rising number of large-scaled offshore wind power projects across Northern Europe.
Thorsten Jalk, CEO of DBB Jack-Up, says, “This charter agreement is a significant milestone for the offshore wind industry as it represents a new approach to offshore wind operations and maintenance. There are significant savings to be made from having a service strategy based on being prepared ahead of time for fast mobilisation. This is especially important as more and more wind turbines are installed in increasingly challenging conditions.”
The three-year charter will enable Siemens to be well prepared for fast mobilisation in the event of an unscheduled exchange of a major component of an offshore wind turbine. This will reduce operations and maintenance lead time as it will not be necessary to contract, equip, load parts and mobilize a jack-up vessel for a specific project and then demobilize again at completion.
The jack-up vessel chartered by Siemens is currently under construction at Nordic Yards in Germany and is scheduled for operation in Siemens offshore wind projects in 2016. The vessel is purpose-built for maintenance and service operations.
With efficient asset utilization and synergies from shared logistics between offshore wind power projects, the new vessel will play an important part in reducing the levelised cost of energy (LCoE).
Siemens’ Maritime and Aviation Solutions
As the global leader in offshore wind service, Siemens’ Maritime and Aviation Solutions Team has the experience and expertise to address the often complex and unique logistical needs within the offshore market to help insure the continued reliability of customers’ assets. Siemens is committed to developing full logistical concepts for offshore wind, including specially designed service operations vessels featuring on-board accommodations and hydraulically stabilized gangway systems for safe access to the turbines in adverse weather conditions
Wind power and wind service are part of Siemens’ Environmental Portfolio. Around 43 percent of its total revenue stems from green products and solutions. That makes Siemens one of the world’s leading providers of eco-friendly technology.