26th July 2010
Harwich International Port has welcomed the arrival of the vessel Wind Solution on its maiden call into the port.
The vessel acts as a floating hotel and is operating in support of the Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm, part of Round Two of the Government’s Offshore Wind Energy programme.
As well as providing first class accommodation and dining, the vessel has a movie lounge, fitness hall and a game zone, where offshore workers can relax and unwind. A considerable amount of time had been taken transferring workers from shore-based accommodation to the offshore site. Using this vessel, and locating it at the installation site, will make the whole process of transferring and accommodating these key workers much more efficient.
David Gledhill, Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Ports which owns Harwich International, commented:
“We are pleased to welcome the Wind Solution as part of the Greater Gabbard project. Harwich International is building a reputation with the renewables industry for convenient location, facilities and expertise, and we are proud to continue the good work. As well as contributing to the current Round 2 projects, Harwich is ideally located for a number of the even larger Round 3 schemes, and we look forward to increasing our involvement in this important sector.”
The Wind Solution has a gross tonnage of 8893 tonnes and length of 122 metres and is expected to make frequent calls to Harwich International in the coming months.
It is hoped that the offshore wind industry could, eventually, contribute as much as 40GW to UK electricity generation capacity, which would amount to more than one third of UK electricity consumption.
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