9 August 2022
As the installation of the wind turbines on the Saint-Nazaire offshorewind farm is underway, Louis Dreyfus Armateurs and Tidal TransitLimited are pleased to announce the delivery to GE Renewable Energy of Inno'vent, the first Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV) dedicated to thetransfer of technicians and their equipment between the coast and thewind farm for turbine maintenance.
Louis Dreyfus Armateurs paid particular attention to the choice of local partners andensured that the most virtuous solutions were implemented.
The innovative design of this new unit was created by MAURIC, a navalarchitecture firm based in Nantes and a member of Neopolia, while theconstruction is being carried out by the French shipyard OCEA, a leader in thedesign, construction and maintenance of aluminium ships, with production sitesin La Rochelle, Les Sables d'Olonne, Fontenay-le-Comte and Saint-Nazaire.
Her mission is to ensure the transfer of technicians between the LD Tidemaintenance base located in La Turballe and the park for the maintenance of thewind turbines and the electrical substation.
Inno'vent is the first of two CTVs ordered by GE Renewable energy entirely designed and built in France. They will sail under the French flag, 1st register.
These ships are equipped with a hybrid propulsion system with batteries and afoil to reduce fuel consumption and improve performance. These two devices will reduce CO2 emissions by about 15%.
"Strongly committed to the development of marine renewable energy, we are a partner of GE Renewable Energy, the world's leading industrial player in onshore and offshore wind energy. This commitment translates into the design, construction and operation of innovative, multifunctional hybrid vessels, offering the best in comfort and safety to crews during installation and maintenance operations on offshore wind farms."
Gaël Cailleaux, Managing director, marine renewable energy of the LOUIS DREYFUS ARMATEURS Group.
As a reminder, in December 2020, GE Renewable Energy (GE) selected Louis
Dreyfus Armateurs and Tidal Transit for two CTVs for the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm. The launch of the first CTV took place on Thursday 28 April 2022, with representatives of the French shipyard OCEA, GE Renewable Energy, EDF Renouvelables and Louis Dreyfus Armateurs in attendance. The delivery of Inno'vent took place on Tuesday August 9th. EDF Renouvelables, the wind farm operator, has also placed an order for a third CTV sistership, which is expected to be delivered in the fall in La Turballe.