The Fred. Olsen companies first ventured into the wind industry in the 1990’s, when Fred. Olsen Renewables was involved in the early onshore wind farms before also venturing into offshore wind. Fred. Olsen Windcarrier was established at the beginning of 2008 to meet the increasing demand for offshore wind installation ships and related marine service vessels. Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, which provides clients with efficient and cost-effective transport, installation and service solutions, is owned by Fred. Olsen Ocean Ltd.
On 24th September 2015, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier International Ltd announced that they had been awarded a contract to transport and install 70 Adwen 5MW wind turbine generators. The contract between Fred Olsen Windcarrier and Adwen Bremerhaven GmbH is for the Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm project. The 350MW Wikinger offshore wind farm is located in the German waters of the Baltic Sea, approximately 34km north-east of the island of Ruegen, and near the maritime borders with Denmark, Sweden and Poland.
The work will commence during the first quarter of 2017 and shall reach completion by the third quarter of 2017. The contract stipulates that Adwen will have the option to flex the contract dates anywhere between 14 days to six months. The contract also indicates permission to use installation technicians from Global Wind Service A/S. (51% of Global Wind Service A/S is owned by Fred Olsen Windcarrier’s parent companies, Bonheur ASA and Ganger Rolf ASA.)
Fred Olsen Windcarrier propose to deploy either of their wind turbine installation vessels- The “Brave Tern” or “Bold Tern” for this project.
Source: Ganger Rolf