Rovco signs long-term charter of multipurpose vessel for offshore wind site characterisation projects

January 24, 2023 Time to read:  min

We are delighted to announce that we have signed an initial three-year charter of the multipurpose support vessel, Glomar Supporter, as part of our growth strategy within our site characterisation business unit.

The long-term charter party agreement with Glomar Offshore marks a significant expansion of our offshore hydrographic, geophysical, and shallow geotechnical survey capabilities.

Responding to high client demand amid a rapidly growing offshore wind market, we are working in collaboration with Glomar and marine design consultants, Medea, to reconfigure the vessel to permanently carry an entire suite of state-of-the-art survey sensors and equipment, aimed at providing the highest quality data capture, reporting and technology enabled solutions, for a streamlined and efficient site characterisation offering.

Upon completion of dry docking in February 2023, the vessel will be delivered to Rovco complete with a keel mounted gondola, an array of deck equipment, and dedicated high-end survey and reporting office suites.

The gondola, designed and analysed for performance by Medea, will contain a suite of permanently installed survey sensors including dual head multibeam configurations, with inbuild roll and pitch stabilisation for high quality acquisition.

The main deck will be reconfigured to feature a main stern A-Frame for the deployment and towing of multiple sensor types, including seismic equipment, as well as adding secondary deck handling equipment for deployment of cone penetration test (CPT) and Vibrocorers to facilitate efficient sampling of in-situ soil conditions and taking advantage of the stable DP2 platform.

Upon delivery, we will install a host of additional leading-edge technology to enable force multiplication during survey operations and fast, large data packet transfers to shore for reporting efficiency. The entire package is designed to bring significant schedule efficiencies and cost savings to clients.

We will mobilise a dedicated survey team onboard the Glomar Supporter to deliver a comprehensive package of site characterisation solutions and specialised offshore survey projects, with a key focus on supporting the rapidly growing pipeline of offshore wind projects from our Aberdeen operational base, across ScotWind, the Southern North, Irish and Celtic Sea developments.

Built in 2009, the Glomar Supporter, which has a proven track record in safe and efficient operations, underwent an extensive rebuild and refurbishment in 2021. The 60m vessel is equipped with DP2 station keeping capabilities, a carrying capacity of around 1395t DWT and a combined deck space of 497m2.

Craig Davis, Director of Site Characterisation at Rovco, said: “This agreement marks the continuation of a strong working relationship between Rovco and Glomar Offshore, as we adapt to support increasing client demand for turnkey integrated survey solutions across the offshore wind market. The Supporter will allow us to operate in a more efficient way for our customers, helping to accelerate the delivery of critical offshore wind projects.

Klaas Weij, CEO of Glomar Offshore commented: “Combining our great cooperation with Rovco over the last seasons and our Group’s in-house vessel upgrade expertise, we are excited to embark on this long-term charter of our Glomar Supporter. As a company, we believe in the vast potential of the offshore renewables survey market and look forward to having Rovco onboard for the next years.”

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(Pictured: The Glomar Supporter)

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