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Louis Dreyfus Armateurs, Tidal Transit win order for French wind farm vessels

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Illustration of the crew transfer vessel
France’s Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA) and UK’s Tidal Transit have penned a contract with GE Renewable Energy (GE) for two crew transfer vessels for the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm of France.

French shipyard OCEA will construct the two vessels to be powered by hybrid-batteries and hydrogen-ready, designed by naval architect Mauric. Construction of the two vessels will start in 2021 with commissioning scheduled for 2022.

LD Tide, a joint venture of LDA and Tidal Transit, will operate the two crew transfer vessels operating between the coast and the wind farm for wind turbines maintenance.

“We are strengthening our commitment to clean and renewable energies while confirming our strategy for more innovative maritime solutions in terms of comfort, personnel safety and respect of the environment,” said Kamil Beffa, deputy ceo of LDA Group.

Elvis Sahmanovic, director of maritime transport and mobility at OCEA, commented: “These are the first two crew transfer vessels to be delivered to the French marine renewable energy industry and we hope they will be the introduction to a long series.”

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