Ziton awarded offshore service contract by Siemens Gamesa
Siemens Gamesa has selected Ziton’s vessel Wind Enterprise as their main service jack-up for the coming years. Following the successful tender procedure, Ziton has lifted the option to buy the Wind Enterprise which will be executed as soon as possible, the company states.
The jack-up vessel is currently undergoing 10-year class approval at Fayard shipyard in Denmark prior to getting into the Siemens Gamesa contract which starts March 1st 2021. The vessel will be able to service the majority of turbines during the charter not least due to a boom extension which will be performed later this year.
Ziton previously chartered its smaller jack-up vessel Wind Server to Siemens Gamesa in a similar role, but larger turbines require larger vessels to accommodate increased requirements for lifting height and deck space. In comparison with the Wind Server, the Wind Enterprise has double the lift capacity with its 800-tonne main crane.
The Wind Enterprise has been chartered on a bareboat agreement with Vroon Offshore since 28 May 2019 until 31 March 2021. Ziton would then have the option to acquire the vessel, which the company will now do.
This fleet expansion is part of Ziton’s strategy to meet the changing market dynamics in which offshore wind turbines with capacities of 7‐10 MW are increasingly commonplace.
The Wind Enterprise will be deployed within the company’s turnkey solutions for major component replacements and blade campaigns. The Danish vessel operator has a total of four jack-up vessels in its fleet.