First Walk-to-Work Vessel Launched at Niestern Sander

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Image (c) Henk Zuur/Royal Wagenborg

Dutch shipbuilder Niestern Sander has launched the world’s first ‘Walk-to-Work’ vessel today which upon delivery in 2015, will support the maintenance and service activities of NAM/Shell UK under a 10 year contract in the Southern North Sea.

The vessel was built for owner Royal Wagenborg and provides accommodation, workspace and storage for up to 60 people.  The vessel’s design allows it to provide a quick transport to and from unmanned offshore platforms.

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Image (c) Niestern Sander Shipyard

Watch the launching video here:

Vessel particulars:

Length over all: 79.30m
Beam: 15.85m
Depth: 7.00m
Draft: 5.40m
DWT: 2,800 tons
Gross tonnage: 3,750 tons
Speed: 13.5 knots
Dynamic positioning: DP2
Accommodation: 60 persons
Deck area: 500 m2

Additional details about this ship HERE.

Illustration courtesy Royal Wagenborg
Illustration courtesy Royal Wagenborg

While Royal Wagenborg may have the first official contract, Dutch competitor Damen Shipyards began construction last month on their own version of the Walk-to-Work vessel on speculation.  Click here for more info.

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Rendering (c) Damen