Vroon walk-to-work vessel arrives in IJmuiden following Irish Sea operations
At the end of last week, VROON subsea-support walk-to-work unit, VOS Start, arrived in IJmuiden after almost two years engaged in operations for offshore-renewable client MHI Vestas Offshore Wind (MVOW).
VOS Start commenced duties for MVOW in August 2017, providing offshore logistics support, accommodation and walk-to-work services during construction of Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm in the Irish Sea. This was followed, in spring 2018, by a period supporting the commissioning phase of Germany’s Borkum Riffgrund II offshore wind park.
Earlier this year, VOS Start undertook walk-to-work operations at Total’s offshore assets in the Dutch sector of the Southern North Sea, before returning to the Irish Sea where she resumed duties for MVOW in the Burbo Bank and Walney Offshore Wind Farms.
“We look back on a rewarding partnership that underlines the strong relationship between Vroon and MHI Vestas, based on the high service quality delivered by VOS Start and her crew to the MVOW team.
During the coming days, VOS Start will be demobilised, with the removal of temporary living quarters and containers that were specific requirements for the recent project.
Until her next commitment in October, VOS Start is available for our clients on a prompt basis.”
VOS Start, and her sister vessel VOS Stone are purpose built to support offshore operations and walk-to-work projects in today's Renewable Energy and Oil & Gas industries.
Fitted with a 50-ton active-heave-compensated crane and able to accommodate up to 60 client personnel, VOS Start was designed to allow optimal people and cargo workflow between main deck, accommodation areas and the offshore asset. Her Barge Master motion-compensated gangway system is a pivotal element of the shipboard workflow, as people (and cargo trolleys, if required) can enter a lift built in the tower, along which the gangway system slides vertically between 9 and 27 metres on the sea level, maintaining a horizontal position when landing at any height between 14.5 and 22 metres.