Offshore Wind Farm vessels

The SOV BIBBY WAVEMASTER HORIZON moored in Emden Photo : Ian Betteridge ©

A windfarm SOV called WInd of Hope was detained after failing port state control in the UK in August:

mv ROTRA VENTE spotted upon arrival Hull for a regular port call! During discharge operations:

Photo: Iain Ritchie

From today:
FYI: this has nothing to do with Green Yard Kleven or the Kleven family in Ulstein. Maren Kleven Fox and Magnus Kleven are the children of the leader and majority owner of Bunker Oil, Jan Magnus Kleven.

Here is the people behind the new Norwind company:

From left:Maren Kleven Fox, Magnus Kleven, Sverre Olav Farstad, Jon Ketil Gjørtz, Sverre Andreas Farstad, Svein Leon Aure, Espen Volstad and Eivind Volstad PHOTO: TORBJØRN SANDBAKK

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In the past SOVs were mostly only built when they they had a contract already lined up in advance with a specific charter.

Recently we have seen Rem Offshre and now Norwind order some SOVs speculatively with no specific charterer lined up.

I guess they are looking at all the planned offshore windfarms that will need an SOV and are gambling that charterers will hire their boats because they are already in the process of building them.

Wind farm jackets passing the main drag at Broughty Ferry en route to Dundee
Photo: Eric Coull ©

The ROTRA MARE arrived in Delfzijl where she will be rebuilt by Royal Niestern Sander and Holland Shipyards Group for the transport of the next generation wind turbine.