PSA Marine, a division of Singaporean terminal operator PSA International, has taken delivery of the world’s first Service Accommodation Transfer Vessel (SATV).
In a statement, PSA International said it had been delivered to Ventus Marine, a joint subsidiary it has with Taiwanese company Ta Tong Marine Group.
The 36-metre purpose-built SATV is capable of staying offshore for at least seven days. It offers 12 single cabin accommodation with en-suite bathrooms and media entertainment for technicians to live onboard comfortably, without requiring daily port calls.
Peter Chew, Managing Director of PSA Marine, said, “We are delighted that our newly commissioned 35-metre SATV is now servicing Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy in Taiwan.
“The SATV is a game – changer in the logistics of harnessing offshore wind energy. It combines both offshore accommodation for technicians, with a fast and efficient vessel that can transfer technicians directly onto an offshore wind turbine without the need for a complicated motion compensated gangway system.
“We are also looking forward to expanding further into this market together with our strong Taiwanese local partner, Ta Tong Marine, and our experienced European partner, Njord Offshore.”
Lin Hrong-Nain, Chairman of Ta Tong Marine, said, “We are pleased to play a key role in this SATV project. The innovative concept has been successfully delivered and we are now providing its services to the first offshore wind farm in Taiwan.
“Together with our experienced and reliable partners, PSA Marine and Njord Offshore, we are committed and confident to contribute to the growing offshore wind market in Taiwan.”
Today, Ventus Formosa commences its charter where it provides operations and maintenance support for the Formosa 1 offshore wind farm project in Taiwan.