Dutch shipowner C-Bed has contracted Wärtsilä Ship Design to supply the design for the conversion of a seismic survey vessel, Viking II, for use as an offshore accommodation unit in the offshore wind industry. When completed, the rebuilt ship will be used to accommodate and transfer service personnel working on offshore windfarms. The project is being carried out at Fayard AS shipyard in Denmark and is due to be completed in the first quarter of 2016.
Wärtsilä provided the original design for Viking II, the former Veritas Viking II, which was delivered in 1999 to its original owner, Eidesvik. After the conversion, the vessel will have accommodation and hotel facilities for 125 people and will have a heave-compensated gangway to transfer personnel from the vessel to turbines. The converted vessel will fulfil the requirements of the Special Purpose Ships code. It will be renamed Wind Innovation.