Dutch-based shipbuilder Damen has launched the Renewables Service Vessel (RSV) 3315 designed for use for offshore wind and tidal energy projects.
The vessel, developed in close cooperation with Scottish company Delta Marine, was officially christened Voe Vanguard at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld, before going to work to the Walney Extension offshore wind farm.
The Damen RSV 3315 is based on the Multicat design, and can undertake all duties normally expected of a Multicat but has the addition of an unobstructed deck, DP2 and dedicated 4-point mooring. The 33-meter vessel also has a 42-tonne bollard pull.
David McNaugthan, Delta Marine General Manager, said: “We were particularly interested in having a DP2 capability. This vessel is suitable for offshore wind but also for tidal projects, where she can stay in position using her DP in some pretty strong currents.”
In addition, Voe Vanguard has two cranes, one of which has a capacity of 15 tonnes with an outreach of 20 meters.
Jos van Woerkum, Managing Director of Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld, said: “We have been working on this vessel together since 2013. Delta Marine gave us a sketch and outlined their requirements and I think Damen has built exactly what they wanted. I think the Renewables Service Vessel 3315 has the potential to be the next success for Damen once she proves herself in the market.”