Port of IJmuiden – member of Amsterdam IJmuiden Offshore Ports (AYOP) - is chosen to become the home base for operations and maintenance activities for Hollandse Kust 1 and 2 wind farms. Energy company Vattenfall made this announcement earlier this week. The wind farm is expected to be fully in use by 2023.
Vattenfall and Port of IJmuiden will co-sign on the production and development of the necessary facilities for operations and maintenance in the IJmondhaven. This service centre will contain a variety of state-of-the-art work spaces including storage for spare parts. On top of that, boat landings including cranage for maintenance boats will also be created. These so-called Crew Transfer Vessels will be used to transfer maintenance personnel and equipment to the wind farm and back. According to plans, building of the facilities will start in the first months of 2022.
Vattenfall has chosen Port of IJmuiden to be their partner on this project mainly because of its excellent location. Meaning it is close to the Hollandse Kust Zuid as well as to other planned wind farms. At this moment Vattenfalls existing wind farm NoordZee Wind already operates from this port. This experience has offered them a good frame of reference regarding the region. The strategic way of thinking on subjects like offshore wind, infrastructure and involving nearby suppliers have also made a good impression on Vattenfall.
Windcat Workboats on board for offshore transportation
In their press release on working together with Port of IJmuiden, they also announced that Vattenfall signed a contract with Windcat Workboats. They have been a valued member of AYOP for many years.
The Windcat boats will enable the maintenance technicians to travel to the wind farm. At the moment they are in the process of developing a hydrogen powered boat. For this project Windcat is working together with CMB Technologies.
Peter van der Meerakker (Managing Director Zeehaven IJmuiden N.V.): “We are very pleased that Vattenfall has decided to put their trust in Port of IJmuiden. This is an exciting development for the Hollandse Kust. I am convinced that this will turn out to be the starting point of many wonderful developments in our region.”
Ron Davio (Chairman of Amsterdam IJmuiden Offshore Ports): “We are excited about this first announcement and are looking forward to supporting Vattenfall with our offshore community. With the united strength of our members we can provide for clever solutions in offshore energy. Among them are suppliers in maritime, logistics, sites, heliport, airport and seaports. We actively support developments in education, trainings and innovation. Our goal is to deliver a contribution to offshore wind in general and the process of energy transition in particular.”