Marine Design Project: Kermit
In order to meet growing energy demands, the world can no longer rely solely on
conventional energy sources of the industrialization era. The renewable energy industry is
growing fast to compensate for the energy deficit, while keeping the negative impact of this
growth on the environment to a minimum.
The 2014 Marine Design Project client Blekinge Offshore AB has proposed a 700 windmill
farm in the Swedish waters of the Bay of Hanö. As part of this national-scaled project, the
design and production of a vessel capable of transferring and installing the gravity
foundations as well as the windmills themselves needs to be designed.
This report presents a special purpose vessel which uniquely combines principles of heavy
cargo lifting by ballast water management, winches and the ability to ground The Vessel
during loading of the cargo. The 7983 DWT vessel will shuttle between the coastal assembly
site and the wind farm site at a speed of 10 knots and facilitate the lifting, transporting and
mounting of the foundations as well as the already assembled windmill towers. The Vessel
itself is designed in such a way to have the smallest possible impact on the environment, as
The Baltic Sea is among the most tightly controlled regions in the world.
The vessel is designed with special human factor considerations in order to cater for the
safety and comfort of the crew and the installation technicians, by means of sea keeping and
accommodation considerations. Despite the vessels size and the highly advanced operations it
will be performing, it only requires a crew size of 8 people.
Also equipped with state of the art Dynamic Positioning technology, the vessel insures
accuracy of operations while maintaining the shortest possible time schedule, thus
minimizing operational costs.