New offshore windship presented in Esbjerg
Siemens Wind Power has introduces its new vessel for the transport of windmill parts in the Port of Esbjerg. The 141 meter long vessel Rotra Wait, is expected to be a frequent visitor in the Port of Esbjerg, which is the base port for multiple offshore wind farm projects in the North Sea, where Siemens Wind Power has an assembly plant.
"At the Port of Esbjerg we are very pleased to bid Siemens Wind Power's new RoRo vessel welcome. It's a very exciting development in the market that seems to bring the price of offshore wind down even further," said Port Director Ole Ingrisch on the vessel which according to Siemens will reduce transport costs by 15-20 percent.
Until now, turbine components have been lifted aboard transport from the quay at the port of Esbjerg with the help of cranes. From now it will be possible to see the wind turbine parts being run directly into Siemens Wind Power's new RoRo ship Rotra Vente. It is being launched today and will transport towers, nacelles and other turbine components around the North and Baltic Seas.
The launch takes place at the Port of Esbjerg Atlantkaj. Approximately 250 guests are invited to a reception and a visit aboard Rotra Vente.
Rotra Vente will sail between Siemens Wind Power's facilities in Hull (UK), Cuxhaven (Germany), Esbjerg and the various base ports for wind projects.
Siemens Wind Power has ordered a sister vessel which is specially designed for the transport of blades. It is expected to become operational in the spring.
Source: Esbjerg Havn / Maritime Denmark