Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is to award the first contract under a new ‘Euro tender’ scheme that will see it contract for multiple crew transfer vessels servicing offshore windfarms in more than one country.
With the market for crew transfer vessels tightening, the company is looking at new approaches to contracting for vessels.
Siemens Gamesa chartering manager Craig Morton told the 2019 Offshore Wind Journal Conference that contracting the right kind of CTV at the right time had become noticeably more challenging and that, at times, it had been unable to find the right kind of vessel or any vessel for work at specific locations.
Mr Morton said the company welcomed recent contracts for newbuild CTVs and felt that “a few more” would also be welcome.
In response to these challenges, the company has been looking at a number of ways to charter vessels. These include placing longer term contracts for CTVs, and European tender packages that would enable Siemens Gamesa to place contracts for several vessels that would service multiple windfarms. Mr Morton said doing so would provide the company with operational and commercial benefits.
A contract is expected to be awarded resulting from the company’s first Euro tender shortly. Mr Morton could not confirm how many vessels were involved or where they would work but said the company’s experience of running that tender had been very positive and second Euro tender would be launched shortly.
In addition to cross-utilisation of vessels on multiple windfarms, other options the company is considering include extending contracts for high-performing vessels to avoid having to launch new tenders. Mr Morton said Siemens Gamesa also intended to make better use of data about CTV operations and market intelligence to ensure that it can contract the vessels it wants when it needs them.