The newly-named Windea Leibniz service operation vessel will start working for Siemens in April at the 288MW Sandbank offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.

The vessel was delivered on time from Norwegian shipyard Ulstein Verft to shipping outfit Bernhard Schulte Offshore and Chinese financial company ICBC Leasing on 28 February.

It was named Windea Leibniz at a ceremony in Ulsteinvik today.

Bernhard Schulte Offshore managing director Matthias Müller said: “The vessel has the X-Stern hull shape, which allows it to be positioned with the stern faced towards the weather instead of the bow only.

“Her sister vessel Windea La Cour, which is working on the Dutch Gemini wind farm since August, has already proven that this leads to improved weather resilience, greater operability and reduced power and fuel consumption.”

Image: Ulstein