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LOUIS DREYFUS ARMATEURS signs a partnership with DONG Energy Wind Power A/S

7 February 2017

LOUIS DREYFUS ARMATEURS signs a partnership with DONG Energy Wind Power A/S

LOUIS DREYFUS ARMATEURS Group (LDA) announces the signature of a partnership with DONG Energy Wind Power A/S, a major Danish company and a global leader in renewables, for the chartering of a Wind Farm Service Operation Vessel (SOV).

Designed in close cooperation with Salt Ship Design, the vessel will be built by Cemre shipyard in Turkey and will be delivered in Q4 2018. The new SOV will operate on 4 Wind Farms off the German coast (Borkum Riffgrund 1&2, Gode Wind 1&2) and will enable the maintenance of wind turbines by windfarm technicians.

The ship has an accommodation capacity of a minimum of 60 technicians (in addition to the crew), offering the most modern comfort conditions onboard (individual cabins, gym, cinema, etc.). The technicians will be safely transferred to the wind turbines via a specially designed daughter craft in case of good weather conditions while a state-of-the-art  dynamic motion compensated gangway will allow for a fast and secure transfer of the personnel in heavy seas.

LDA has made the choice of the best shipbuilding standards and innovations which both limit the ship's environmental impact and reduce its operating costs, such as a hybrid propulsion system using a diesel engine and batteries.

We are proud of this contract with DONG Energy Wind Power A/S, a leading global offshore wind company. This fully achieves our development strategy in the dynamic RME sector. The construction and the operation of this ship rely on the know-how in industrial shipping that we have been developing for the past 20 years. More than ever, we are pursuing our policy to develop high value-added maritime activities" said Edouard Louis-Dreyfus, President of the LOUIS DREYFUS ARMATEURS Group.

This new ship will fly the French RIF flag and will be manned by two crews of 20 to 25 members including at least 8 French officers, thus creating a minimum of 16 French officer jobs.

Vessel’s main specifications:

Length Overall: 83.00 m               
Breadth: 19.40 m                   
Depth moulded: 7.00 m         
Draught summer (design): 5.00 m   
Propulsion: Diesel electric propulsion, Dynamic positioning DP2
Accommodation: Capacity of 90 persons including more than 60 windfarm

Vessel’s transfer specifications:

  • A daughter craft with a capacity of 8 technicians and 1 ton of cargo
  • A motion compensated gangway (abt 19m range)
  • A motion compensated crane (1 ton at 23 m)  

Press contact:

Antoine Person, Company Secretary +33 (0)6 1206 5967

Sylvie Virasack, Head of Communication Department +33 (0)6 2224 4669

About DONG Energy

DONG Energy is a focused energy company with a strong profile in renewables. With activities primarily in Northwestern Europe, DONG Energy aims to create value for its customers, shareholders and the communities in which it operates. DONG Energy’s strategy focuses on identifying and growing areas of activity where it has key competences and value propositions differentiating the company from its competitors. The company is building a world-class energy company with a renewables portfolio based on leading competences in offshore wind, bioenergy, and energy solutions.

DONG Energy was established in 2006 by the merger of six Danish energy companies: DONG, Elsam, Energi E2, Nesa, Københavns Energi and Frederiksberg Forsyning.

DONG Energy divides its operations into four businesses: Wind Power, Bioenergy & Thermal Power, Distribution & Customer Solutions, and Oil & Gas. The Bioenergy & Thermal Power and Distribution & Customer Solutions businesses jointly constitute DONG’s Danish utility business.

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