Supporting the expansion of renewable energy sources
The upgrade was timed perfectly as European governments want to expand renewable energy capacities in the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. Last year, the EU had a capacity of approximately 15 GW in offshore wind power production. Germany alone is aiming to double their capacities by 2030. According to the German government, this equals an expansion of offshore wind energy to at least 30 GW by 2030, with at least 40 GW of installed capacity by 2035 and at least 70 GW by 2045.
“Offshore wind is an essential part for the success and the transformation of the energy sector towards sustainable and green solutions. The upgrade makes ‘Windea Leibniz’ even more attractive for the market,” says Matthias Mueller, Managing Director of shipowner Bernhard Schulte Offshore.
“Windea Leibniz” is based on a unique vessel design by Ulstein Group. The ship combines an X‑Bow® and X-Stern®, making it more flexible and fuel-efficient when moving to the next turbine within a wind farm. In addition, the design helps to reduce slamming and vibrations in head seas, resulting in greater comfort for everyone on board.
Length: 88 m
Beam: 18 m
Dead weight: 3,150 tonnes
Draught (max): 6.4 m
Speed (max): 13.5 kn
Accommodation: 85 POB
Deck area: 380 sq. m
Upgrade of “Windea Leibniz” at Ulstein Shipyard