Gorinchem, 2018-02-08, Damen press release

Bibby Marine Services secures OSJ Offshore Renewables Award with Damen SOV

Bibby WaveMaster 1 recognised for noteworthy market entrance

Bibby Marine Services has been awarded an Offshore Support Journal (OSJ) Offshore Renewables Award for the Bibby WaveMaster 1. The vessel is the first Damen Service Operations Vessel (SOV), a unique, purpose-built vessel for the deployment and retention of offshore support and maintenance personnel. 

The award is presented to a company, product or project that has made a significant contribution to the development of the offshore renewables market during 2017.

In nominating the vessel for the award, OSJ stated: “Of the SOVs that have recently entered service, one of the most noteworthy is Bibby Marine Services’ Bibby WaveMaster 1. Although primarily intended for the offshore wind industry, this vessel is well suited to work in the offshore oil and gas industry, as contracts already awarded make clear.”

It pointed out the vessel’s height adjustable walk-to-work gangway with a six-step elevator for 100% stepless access and what it called “an innovative design that has been customised in order to ensure that windfarm technicians – or oil and gas maintenance personnel – can directly access the ship’s gangway from the warehouse areas.”

Damen Director of Business Development and Market Intelligence Peter Robert said, “On behalf of Damen I congratulate Bibby Marine Services on receiving this prestigious award. It is a confirmation of the vessel’s robust capabilities to provide support to the offshore renewables market – and indeed to the offshore industry as a whole – and a testament to Bibby’s forward-thinking approach to the market.”

Damen Shipyards Group

Damen Shipyards Group operates 33 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.

Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale values and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.

Damen offers a wide range of products, including tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and superyachts.

For nearly all vessel types Damen offers a broad range of services, including maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and the transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. Damen also offers a variety of marine components, such as nozzles, rudders, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.

Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC) has a worldwide network of sixteen repair and conversion yards of which twelve are located in North West Europe. Facilities at the yards include more than 50 floating and (covered) drydocks, the largest of which is 420 x 90 metres, as well as slopes, ship lifts and indoor halls. Projects range from the smallest simple repairs through Class’ maintenance to complex refits and the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1,350 repair and maintenance jobs annually, both at yards as well as in ports and during voyage.

On the photo attached from left to right:

Edwin Lampert (Chairman OSJ Conference, Group Managing Editor, Riviera Maritime Media), Stephen Bolton (Managing Director, Bibby Marine Services), Stephen Blaikie (Former Chief Executive, Bibby Marine Services), Roman Grebe (Managing Partner F3O Offshore Brokers)

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