The wind turbine manufacturer, Siemens Wind Power, has taken delivery of the world’s first heavy cargo roll-on, roll-off vessel designed to transport wind turbine components.
The 141m long Rotra Vente, designed by Deugro Denmark, will transport wind turbine components such as blades and nacelles from the company’s manufacturing facilities in Hull and Cuxhaven, Germany, to Esbjerg and other installation ports and harbours in the North and Baltic Seas.
The ship is a former container ship, rebuilt at Holland Shipyard in Hardinxveld-Giessendam in the Netherlands.
Her facilities include a large bow door that allows roll-on, roll-off access to the cargo deck which is covered by a telescopic roof to protect the nacelles from salty seawater spray during transportation. Since the roof can be opened, the ship’s cargo can also be loaded via cranes at harbours without any roll-on, roll-off berths.
The first turbine blade has been manufactured at Siemens’ new windpower factory at Green Port Hull at Alexander Dock, Hull.
Since 2014, there has been a £310mn investment into the site, including the port’s owners Associated British Ports’ contribution of £150mn into developing the land into a factory for offshore wind manufacturing, assembly and logistics.