Bernhard Schulte’s latest offshore wind newbuild an Ulstein SX195 built by Ulstein Verft, will be named Windea Jules Verne. The vessel’s name is after one of the world’s most popular science fiction adventure writers, who was born in Nantes where GE’s Offshore Wind business is located. The vessel will work for GE at the Merkur wind farm.
The hull of the 93.4m vessel was built at the Crist Shipyard in Poland before it was floated out in September 2019 and towed to the Ulstein yard in Norway for the final outfitting.
It’s design is modified to fulfil the GE Renewable Energy tender requirements and the ship owner’s special choices of mission equipment.
Windea Jules Verne has a large, centrally positioned walk to work motion compensated gangway and elevator tower for personnel and cargo transfers. It also features a 3D compensated crane capable of 2-tonne cargo lifts. The optimised on-board logistics includes large storage capacities, of which half is under roof in a controlled environment, and stepless approach to the offshore installations. The vessel is equipped with a fuel-efficient drive system including battery solution. With all main equipment and operations in the aft ship, the vessel will normally operate astern while in-field. Keeping the X-STERN towards the weather, there will be no slamming, noise or vibrations caused by the waves.