Westermeerwind Tower Install – Turbine Transfer CTVs
Turbine Transfer Ltd is the sole supplier of Crew Transfer vessels on the 144 MW Westermeerwind in Holland’s IJsselmeer lake which will eventually feature 48 Siemens direct drive wind turbines.
The Westermeerwind near shore wind farm is being erected in the IJsselmeer lake along the northern and western dyke of the Dutch municipality of Noordoostpolder. The 48 Siemens SWT-3.0-108 wind turbines are being arranged in three rows in the shallow waters between 500 and 1100 meters from the shore. Each of these direct-drive wind turbines will generate an output of three megawatts with 108-meter rotor diameter, ensuring maximum efficiency. The number of assembled modules making up each unit is only half that of conventional wind turbines. This gearless design makes the wind turbines particularly robust, reliable and maintenance-friendly.
Turbine Transfers currently has 7 Crew Transfer vessels working on the project, running daily from the port of Urk.
Due to the close proximity to the shore, and cautious of the easy ability for swimmers or fisherman to access the towers, Siemens in conjunction with Turbine Transfers developed a novel ladder less access on the Transition pieces. This slightly sightly addition to the vessels allows technicians to step across direct to Tower base platform without the need for ladder access. This is only made possible (and more importantly safe) due to the lack of tidal range within the IJsselmeer. The vessel operations are under constant scrutiny by the tourists and locals that throng the nearby beaches in summer.
Another bespoke marine project being delivered safely by Turbine Transfers.