Manor Renewable Energy’s (MRE) new vessel, the ‘Manor Venture’ has taken to the water for the first time. The vessel is one of the largest in its class, at an overall length of 26 metres and a beam of 11.2 metres. It’s capability to transfer 45 tonnes of deck cargo and 60,000 litres of fuel makes it one of the most capable in the offshore wind industry.
The vessel was built by the Manor Marine shipyard in Portland, Dorset and is scheduled to spend the majority of 2017 on the Galloper OWF for Siemens.
MRE Director Eric Briar commented: “For this vessel to be built in the UK was hugely important for us; Manor Marine has over 25 years experience of building vessels of up to 40 metres in length and has the track record, technical knowhow and facilities to accommodate the construction of a vessel with this complexity; following delivery they are well placed to support us with maintenance, refits and modifications, if required.
This is a vessel that will be able to work anywhere in Europe and has the capability to stay offshore, on the next generation of wind farm projects, for prolonged periods; we’ll look to work with construction or accommodation vessels to minimise the transit time and massively increase the project productivity.
Our success with bespoke temporary power solutions, in both the UK and Germany, has allowed us to invest in this vessel, whilst continuing to build our generator stocks (primarily the combined units with 2700 litre tanks and 30 day endurance) exclusively for the wind farm sector”.