Our field of expertise

New challenges, new solutions

Offshore wind has gained a firm foothold in the energy transition. More regions are looking at the possibilities of using offshore wind as a means to achieve their sustainability goals. The growing interest in offshore wind within these regions is creating new opportunities for the industry. However, these new opportunities are also accompanied by new challenges. The application of wind energy in new regions brings different site conditions that change the design of wind farms. Complex seabed composition or large water depths have led to the necessary developments of floating structures.

These new developments within offshore wind bring with them different operational necessities that require thinking about Service and Operations of floating wind. Taking the new challenges into account, a process was initiated whereby the new challenges underlie a solution that considers the new needs.

This new design offers a cost-efficient alternative to full-sized SOVs,
filling a gap in the current market.

Saltwater has a well-established history in vessel design, having accumulated extensive expertise in designing vessels that align seamlessly with the preferences of clients and market trends. Our seasoned team possesses years of hands-on experience in the development of vessel designs tailored to meet the evolving demands of the future. One of our most recent designs being Blue Sky, a service operation vessel, fit for the constantly developing offshore wind market. The vessel has been equipped with a state-of-the-art Walk to Work system capable of operating within the wide luffing ranges required for accessing the floating wind constructions. This way the vessel is futureproof for the ever-developing floating offshore constructions.


Setting a new standard in crew comfort

The suitable locations for offshore floating wind are located far from shore. This increases the distance to port and therefore results in longer stays at sea. To meet these new demands, the ship is equipped with the highest level of accommodation to maximize crew comfort. After all, a well-rested crew can work with focus and improve the quality of work.


Specific project data

Project information

R&D activities:

  • Market research
  • Offshore floating wind market intelligence
  • Vessel design: modular approach
  • Understanding operational and maintenance requirements
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Market outlook

Floating offshore wind

The market appears highly promising, with continual advancements in technology and a growing commitment to sustainable energy solutions. Read more about Saltwater’s outlook on the different impacted market segments.