Blue Water Port Services is working on two projects for Siemens Renewable Energy. The first project is Coastal Virginia offshore wind, where two 6 MW wind turbines will be installed 27 miles off Virginia Beach, USA. The second project is Borssele Wind Farm 1 and 2, where 94 Siemens Gamesa 8 MW wind turbines will be installed 14 miles off the coast of the Dutch province Zeeland.
The first Sea Challenger installation vessel was loaded in early April for departure to Holland and this project will run for the whole summer. Borssele will be the first project for which Siemens Gamesa will be shipping its new B-81 blade which is part of the 8 MW turbine of Siemens Gamesa.
Blue Water uses newly designed handling equipment manufactured by Siemens Gamesa to handle the blades.
The second Coastal Virginia vessel left Esbjerg shortly before Easter, and is now well under way across the Atlantic to Virginia, USA.
“Despite the COVID-19 situation, all work processes are performed in a safe manner. All teams involved are isolated from each other to avoid contamination. For instance, when loading the vessels, we enclose the work areas so that our stevedores can work independently without having others involved. In this way, we ensure that the vessel and crew as well as Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy’s Installation team are isolated from the people working ashore. Working 100% safely can only be accomplished through efficient and safe communication between all parties involved.”Søren Messmann, general manager port services division, Blue Water.