• SBO has started maintenance and service following recent agreement with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

22 Jul 2019

SBO has started maintenance and service following recent agreement with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy  

Swire Blue Ocean (SBO) has started offshore operations under a long-term agreement from June 2019 to February 2021, signed on Wednesday 29th May 2019 with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE). This contract will assist SGRE in meeting the challenges of servicing offshore wind turbines and secures competitive lead times.

The maintenance and service agreement covers wind farms located in the North, Baltic and Irish Seas. Mobilisation of the Pacific Orca started on 24th June and was followed by the first operations on Meerwind Süd/Ost, off the north-western coast of Germany, and Galloper Offshore Wind Farm, off the south-eastern coast of England, where wind turbines were originally installed by SBO. Visits to Sandbank Offshore Wind Farm and three other wind farms are already scheduled, with many additional sites following.

Meeting all kind of challenges

Pacific Orca was a natural choice for overcoming the main challenge of servicing all types of wind turbines (G4, D7 and Adwen) without any need for vessel modification. With its large cargo area and high capacity deck loading, Pacific Orca offers considerable flexibility and availability. Mobilisation time can be reduced from 12 hours to three or four hours. The vessel is fitted with six legs to increase jacked stability and a high redundancy diesel electric power system to reduce the risk of breakdown. The long-term frame agreement supports SGRE focus on safety, efficiency and reliability, while offering a significantly improved operating weather window. As a result, customer costs are reduced. 

Adwen Rotor Star will be positioned on this Adwen Rotor Stack, placed aft of the vessel.

Blade test lift for two types of Siemens blades, B52 and B75, to test the Janett and the Yoke.

Drawing on experience

SBO brings along an installation track record covering a variety of wind turbine models. The Company possesses assets with strong operational capabilities and an organisation which is highly adaptable to varying schedules. “We all, both at the office and on board, must be very structured and focused to be able to respond quickly and safely to the customer’s needs, says Head of Projects, Ulf Gjendal. We are working on a short notice; in order to deliver safe and reliable service, we strive to be as flexible as possible and draw on our past experiences.”

Chief Executive Officer, Swire Blue Ocean A/S Mikkel Gleerup says: “This is our largest maintenance and service venture to date, and we are delighted to partner with SGRE on this new project. We are building on extensive experience in wind turbines installation and are continuously reinforcing our expertise in maintenance and service to better respond to our customer’s needs. We are very confident for the future and are more than ever prepared for further development within the O&M market.”

Ulf Gjendal, Head of Projects at Swire Blue Ocean

Reusing sea fastening from the Beatrice project

Part of the sea fastening used on the Beatrice Wind Farm project is being reused on this project. Since the Beatrice components are the largest expected during the service agreement, it was possible to slightly modify and reposition the sea fastening, enabling the embarkation of both bigger and smaller parts. It is not always possible to reuse sea fastening from a previous project, but doing so enables cost savings, especially as most sea fastening is produced with an operational life of around 15 years. Another step towards sustainable operations.

Photo (left): The blade rack from the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm project has been modified to fit different types of Siemens blades for this service and maintenance project.

 Our Customer’s Words

René C. Wigmans, Head of Maritime and Aviation Solutions, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE):

We are very happy to welcome Swire Blue Ocean A/S as one of our vessel suppliers for the O&M Service phase at SGRE. Until now, SGRE and SBO have been successfully working together during the installation of new offshore turbines and wind power plants – and we will continue the good cooperation.

By partnering with SBO, SGRE is better able to respond to customer demand for installations, unscheduled maintenance and big overhaul tasks.

René C. Wigmans, Head of Maritime and Aviation Solutions, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE)


Business queries, please contact:

Henrik Holm, Sales Manager, O&M, Swire Blue Ocean A/S
Email: henrik.holm@swireblueocean.com
Tel: +45 26 89 88 87

News Overview

Pacific Osprey and Pacific Orca received their best eCMID inspection results since construction  20 Apr 2020
New workshop installed on Pacific Orca to facilitate onboard maintenance of nacelles  04 Mar 2020
WindEurope Offshore 2019 is over, see you soon!  16 Dec 2019
Meet us at WindEurope Offshore 2019  18 Nov 2019
SBO exhibits at Offshore Energy 2019 in Amsterdam  30 Oct 2019
SBO participates in the Danish Royal visit to France  28 Oct 2019
SBO Area Manager in Taiwan, Matt Bowden, speaks at the 7th Asia Offshore Wind Day.  24 Oct 2019
Pacific Orca passes by Copenhagen on her way to Wikinger Offshore Windfarm  24 Sep 2019
Let’s stay safe together  28 Aug 2019
SBO has started maintenance and service following recent agreement with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy  22 Jul 2019
SBO strengthens business presence in Taiwan with the appointment of new Area Manager, Matt Bowden  30 Apr 2019
Pacific Osprey chartered by GeoSea NV for transport of OTM  27 Mar 2019
SBO installing deepest fixed turbine  25 Feb 2019
Swire Blue Ocean employee killed in Great Belt train accident  11 Jan 2019
Halfway on Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm  21 Dec 2018
A milestone reached on Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm  31 Oct 2018
Exhibiting at the Offshore Energy exhibition, Amsterdam  17 Oct 2018
Beatrice project kicked off to a successful start  03 Jul 2018
Pacific Orca completes installation on the EOWDC  06 Jun 2018
New headquarters  15 Feb 2018
SBO moves to new and bigger facilities  30 Oct 2017
Gemini Offshore Wind Park Completion  01 Sep 2016
Swire Blue Ocean A/S signs contract with Siemens for Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (BOWL) project  02 Jun 2016
Congrats to Bilfinger with completing Sandbank foundation installation  12 Feb 2016
Milestone reached on Gemini. Congrats to Van Oord  31 Aug 2015
UK Rampion Offshore Wind Farm – we are proud to have been chosen for foundation installation  01 Jun 2015
Decommissioning now also of the Gas Booster Platform B11  23 Feb 2015
New key contract signed with Bilfinger for the Sandbank project  29 Sep 2014
New key contract signed with EPCI contractor Van Oord  19 Sep 2014
Pacific Osprey setting efficiency records with WTG installation on the DanTysk wind farm  30 Aug 2014
Pacific Orca safely completes foundation installation on the Borkum Riffgrund 1 wind farm  29 Jul 2014
First complete WTG installed on DanTysk  10 Apr 2014
BR1 Foundation Installation  27 Jan 2014
Swire Blue Ocean successfully completes H7 decommissioning job  22 Aug 2013
Swire Blue Ocean naming ceremony for Pacific Osprey at Fayard in Denmark  02 Apr 2013
Swire Pacific Offshore takes delivery of world's largest Windfarm Installation Vessel  30 Jul 2012
Second Windfarm Installation Vessel ordered for Swire Blue Ocean A/S  09 Mar 2011
Swire Pacific Offshore acquires Blue Ocean Ships A/S  09 Feb 2011
Swire Blue Ocean is awarded a contract for turbine installation on the DanTysk project  17 Feb 2011
First Windfarm Installation Vessel ordered for Swire Blue Ocean A/S  10 Aug 2010


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