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Port of Roenne selected as service hub by VBMS

Port of RoennePort of Roenne has been selected by VBMS as the service hub for the execution of its cable-laying activities for the Arkona Wind Farm project in the Baltic Sea.

VBMS was awarded a contract for the installation of 65 inter array cables in 2016. The total scope of work consists of route engineering, surveying, a pre-lay grapnel run, trenching, termination and testing.

From April to September 2018, VBMS will install the cables with various kinds of vessels engaged in the operations out of the Port of Roenne.

“Last year VBMS tested the capabilities of Port of Roenne and the level of service for a limited period and they experienced how service-orientated and flexible our organization is as well as how the related companies on the island operates. We are proud of being able to contribute to generate value to VBMS. They have now seen the great potential of working more closely together with us,”
says Ulla Kiersgaard, Manager of Business Development at Port of Roenne A/S.

“When we executed the first phase of our cable installation works for the Arkona offshore wind farm, we discovered great logistical advantages that Bornholm, and in particular Roenne, have to offer. The good flight- and ferry connections, accommodations and a high-end hospital, made us choose Port of Roenne. Our experience is that parties such as the port authority, BHS and ‘Sydhavnens Motorværksted’ are willing and able to assist us on a very short notice – and in this industry reliability and service are key.”
Commented VBMS Works Manager Emile van der Heide.

The Arkona Wind Farm project (a Joint Venture of E.ON and Statoil) is located between the German island Rügen and the Danish island Bornholm.  

All the monopiles have now been installed and the 60 Siemens SWT-6.0-154 wind turbines will be installed from summer 2018. First power is anticipated next year with full commissioning in 2019.

The Port of Roenne are also excited about the more indirect opportunities that will arise for the local area from this agreement.  

“Many of their staff will need some accommodation. They will use the local restaurants and grocery stores and so on. The local maritime companies have already shown that they are ready - when needed. The fact that VBMS chose Port of Roenne is a cadeau to our business strategy and master plan, "
says Thomas Bendtsen, CEO at Port of Roenne A/S.

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