New Renewable Fleet of Greener Service Operation Vessels Meets Offshore Wind Demand

North Star, the operator of Britain’s largest fleet of ships serving the oil and gas industry, is diversifying into renewable energy with a multimillion-pound investment with its first three service operation vessels.

North Star’s new hybrid-powered service vessels are designed to provide safety, comfort, workability, reliability and sustainability. (Source: North Star Group)

In the U.K., there are 39 wind farm developments dotted along the island’s coastline. This is set to increase rapidly heading toward the government’s 2030 target of ensuring every home in the country is powered by electricity generated from this green energy resource.

For starters, about four times as many wind turbines will be required to feed electricity into the grid. Maintaining these monopiles and associated substations—often located in remote and tricky to reach offshore arrays—is a complex business. More service operation vessels, which provide living space as well as stable conditions for the safe transfer of personnel and equipment via a motion compensated walk-to-work gangway or by a daughter craft vessel, will be needed. But there is an understandable emphasis on building and chartering greener ships that are future-proofed to deliver zero emissions. 

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