Crew Transfer Vessels arriving in Great Yarmouth for Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm

Offshore construction of the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm commenced in March 2016, and charter contracts have been agreed with MPI Workboats and Rix Sea Shuttle for the associated crew transfer vessels, which will work from Dudgeon‘s O&M base in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

Workboat against the quay

MPI Workboats will be using two BV-Class 22m catamaran vessels, MPI Napoleon and MPI Snowball. MPI Napoleon has already started work and will be joined in Great Yarmouth by MPI Snowball in September 2016.

In August 2016 Rix Sea Shuttle‘s newly built BV-Class 27m Nigel Gee BMT design vessel Rix Leopard will start work at Dudgeon, and as from January 2017 it will be accompanied by Rix Lion, a BV-Class 26m Damen Twin Axe vessel.

Dudgeon‘s Operations Manager Rune Rønvik said: “I believe these vessels are well suited to the marine environment in which the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm is being developed. I am sure the marine logistics team here in Great Yarmouth will quickly establish strong working relationships with the vessel crews.”

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Dudgeon Offshore Wind Limited, which holds the licenses and consents to enable it to construct the Dudgeon offshore wind farm, is owned by two Norwegian companies, Statoil and Statkraft, and Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, Masdar. Statoil holds the responsibility as operator for both the construction and the operational phase.

Statoil is an international energy company with operations in 33 countries. Building on 40 years of experience from oil and gas production on the Norwegian continental shelf, it is committed to accommodating the world's energy needs in a responsible manner, applying technology and creating innovative business solutions. It is headquartered in Stavanger, Norway with approximately 23,000 employees worldwide, and is listed on the New York and Oslo stock exchanges.

Statkraft is Europe's largest generator of renewable energy and is the leading power company in Norway. The company owns, produces and develops hydropower, wind power, gas power and district heating. Statkraft is a major player in European power trading and has 3,600 employees in more than 20 countries.

Masdar is Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company advancing the development, commercialisation and deployment of clean energy technologies and solutions. The company serves as a link between today’s fossil fuel economy and the energy economy of the future. Wholly owned by the Mubadala Development Company PJSC, the strategic investment company of the Government of Abu Dhabi, Masdar is dedicated to the Emirate’s long-term vision for the future of energy and water.

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Issue date: 28-04-16