deugro working on more project-specific concepts like the Rotra vessels
Over five years ago, the freight forwarding and project logistics specialist deugro completed a unique transportation concept that included tailor-made transportation vessels with a special roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) function: the sister vessels Rotra Mare and Rotra Vente.
Since then, both vessels have successfully supported the offshore logistics value chain of Siemens Gamesa, with total operations numbering approximately 640 voyages in northern Europe and more than 1,300 port calls.
deugro took the lead with the project as the offshore wind industry evolved over the years and its client, Siemens Gamesa, required a long-term strategic partnership, Hans Henrik Groen, Branch Manager of deugro Denmark, told Project Cargo Journal.
“Technology is going to evolve, there are going to be bigger and bigger machines for the offshore wind industry. And also to follow the client and think smart with them on logistics solutions you need to be the forerunner with it and make sure the client gets the solution they could need for the future, not only today, but maybe five years from now,” Groen said.
He further noted that deugro also spearheaded the innovation in regard to the vessels as it required calculating the size of the turbines that will be transported by the pair, how these components can be most efficiently secured on the vessel, meaning how to stow the components, how to store them, load and unload them.
Recently, the two vessels owned by Amasus underwent further upgrades at the Holland Shipyards Group’s facilities in Delfzijl and Hardinxveld-Giessendam.
Rotra Vente‘s characteristic cover has been removed and it was equipped with sponsons around the hull in order to increase its beam for more deck space and stability for sailing with the future generations of wind turbines. Also its bow opening and Ro/Ro ramp have been modified, this to allow smooth loading and discharging operations for the heaviest wind turbine equipment. Rotra Mare on the other hand was extended by 11.6 metres.
Groen noted that the decisions when it came to upgrades were dictated by the developments in the offshore wind turbines and its equipment getting bigger, heavier and more complicated with the biggest challenge now being a logistics one, namely, how to enable the vessels to have the highest intake. It also includes the right infrastructure on the vessels, such as the right loading ramp to roll-on and roll-off the cargo.
Looking into the future, Groen notes that the two vessels are, for now, fit for it. “We know that the client is going to launch some new machines over time, and I can say that we have already prepared ourselves for that,” Groen says.
But it is not only the vessels that are fit for the future. It seems that deugro is happy to adapt the project-specific, tailor-made concept elsewhere. “We are looking into that as a general market trend. What we can see with the OEMs within wind, they are looking now, for let’s say, tailor made solutions, maybe long-term engagement, so it is obvious for us as a supplier, or being deugro, to do that with major clients,” adds Groen.
In the video below, you can also hear Groen noting that the pace in offshore wind development is only going to pick up. “Of course on the trading background also now with the war between Ukraine and Russia, this is going to accelerate, in order for us to not be spending on Russian fossil fuel and gas, but in general if you look at market trends I can see customers coming for long-term relations,” Groen concludes.
deugro also expects demand for electricity and power to rise as the countries around the world are getting more and more developed. This calls for bigger and smarter grid structures which trigger more logistics demands within cables. Furthermore, the ever-growing transition into electric cars will influence this evolvement.
Another example is the new emerging power to X hydrogen technology and electrical storage technology which will trigger logistics demands in terms of export and import of production technology and equipment within this sector. Additionally, transportation and logistics within the solar power sector is seen as one of the demand drivers going forward.