A wind service operation vessel (WSOV) under construction for French owner Louis Dreyfus Armateurs at Cemre shipyard in Turkey will feature MAN Diesel & Turbos EPROX (Energy Saving Electric Propulsion System). The 83m-long vessel will house four MAN 8L21/31 variable-speed gensets with a DC distribution network providing electrical power to thrusters and other consumers. The ship will be used for operations and maintenance work on German offshore wind farms Borkum Riffgrund 1 and 2, as well as Gode Wind 1 and 2 for Danish energy company DONG Energy. In anticipation of the introduction of a NOx emissions control area in the Baltic and North Seas in 2021, the engines will be prepared for the future retrofit of selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems enabling Tier III compliance. Lex Nijsen, head of four-stroke marine, MAN Diesel & Turbo, said, This order confirms our solid foothold within the segment for small-bore, medium-speed engines powering specialised vessels. The gensets will be assembled and tested at MANs facility in Aurangabad, India. Salt Ship Design will provide the full design and engineering package for the vessel, which is scheduled for delivery in the last quarter of 2018. The vessel will operate for Denmarks DONG Energy.
Dean has been with UKi Media & Events for over a decade, having previously cut his journalistic teeth writing and editing for various automotive and engineering titles. He combines extensive knowledge of all things automotive with a passion for driving, and experience testing countless new vehicles, engines and technologies around the world. As well as his role as editor-in-chief across a range of UKi's media titles, he is also co-chair of the judging panel of the International Engine of the Year Awards.