Update construction Walk-to Work DP2 Support Vessel “Zwerver II”

by Hans | February 20th, 2016

The construction of the Walk-to-Work DP2 Support Vessel “Zwerver II” is all on schedule. The vessel is scheduled to conduct trials during April 2016. The vessel is based on the existing DP1 Support Vessel “Zwerver III”, which is very successful in the current market, but equipped with some innovative solutions. These solutions have been developed and implemented in close cooperation between HvSDS and Scheepswerf Gebr. Kooiman, enabling the new “Zwerver II” to serve the top of the market and be the first Walk-to-Work vessel in its Class.

The vessel is equipped with a Passive Heave Compensated gangway for personnel transfer to windfarms / platforms. The gangway system is installed in such a way that all the free deck-space is kept available. Further on she has DP-2, 4-point mooring system, large Knuckle-boom crane of 510 Tm with an Active Heave Compensated winch, a Knuckle-boom crane of 370 Tm and 2 large anchor-handling/towing winches of 200 and 100 T pull. The bollard pull of the vessel will be approximately 65 T with a draft of only 2.7m, which is exceptional in this class.

The “Zwerver II” will be employed mainly in the offshore- and renewables market with services like Offshore Renewable maintenance/Walk-to-Work, cable laying, cable burial, UXO-clearance, diving support, ROV-support, dredging support, anchor handling, PLGR-ops as well as many other activities.

There is accommodation on board for 17 persons and will be MLC certified. This number can be increased up to 21 persons by involving available accommodation containers which are owned by HvSDS. Earlier, Kooiman together with HvSDS have developed and supplied the Zwerver I (2007) and Zwerver III (2011). The delivery of the  is scheduled for End of April 2016.

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