The Port of Oostende welcomed the jack up vessel WIND for the first time, this morning at 4:00 am. The 55 meters long and 18 meters wide Danish jack up vessel comes to pick up parts that need to be transported to the offshore wind farm Belwind. The Belwind wind farm, at 55 km distance from Oostende, is operated by Park Wind, which is so far the most distant offshore wind farm off the Belgian coast. Belwind has been operational since 2010 and provides green electricity for 160,000 households. There are 55 turbines of 3MW. The manufacturer of these turbines is MHI Vestas Offshore Wind.
Both Parkwind and MHIVestas have offices and storage space on the Rebo terminal in the Port of Oostende. MHIVestas Offshore Wind is established in Oostende for the Belgian region and maintains their turbines, that are located in the Belgian part of the North Sea (127 in total), from the port of Oostende.
MHIVestas Offshore Wind is a joint venture between Vestas Wind Systems and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The company designs, manufactures and installs wind turbines for the offshore industry. MHIVestas Offshore Wind supplied wind turbines to almost 20 different offshore wind farms in Northern Europe. They are also responsible for the operation and maintenance of these turbines. To this end, they signed a cooperation agreement with DBB Jack-Up Services.
DBB Jack-Up Services is based in Denmark and focuses on providing “service vessels” that perform maintenance works on offshore wind farms. Their jack up vessel WIND already replaced more than 370 major parts of turbines, making it the most experienced O & M jack-up vessel in the sector.