Umoe Mandal Secures Contract for First Wave Craft

Umoe Mandal AS has signed contract for the first UM Wave Craft – the next generation offshore wind service vessel. The vessel, ordered by Umoe AS will be delivered in January 2015.

The vessel concept is entirely developed by Umoe Mandal. It is based on the same Surface Effect Ship technology that has brought the Oksøy- and Skjold-class from Umoe Mandal, where up to 80% of the vessel weight is lifted by an air cushion. The new idea is to use the same air cushion to reduce wave induced motion when accessing an offshore wind turbine. This allows transfer of personnel and cargo in larger waves than possible with current solutions. The technology also offers unique high vessel speed of over 40kn, where the air cushion damps motions, providing a very smooth ride. This improves over-all efficiency of turbine maintenance.

UM Wave CraftThe development of the vessel started in 2011 and has been funded by the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator, the Norwegian Research Council, RFFAgder and Innovation Norway. Performance (both turbine performance, speed and seakeeping) has been demonstrated in an extensive model test program. With confirmed performance for the first vessel Umoe Mandal anticipates a need of more than 5 vessels a year for the European offshore wind market.

With this contract Umoe Mandal has filled the order book for 2014 and is looking for new employees. The need is especially composite operators and structural and mechanical designers.


Press Release, October 22, 2013

Share this article

Follow World Maritime News

Posted on October 22, 2013

In Depth>


<< Dec 2019 >>
25 26 27 28 29 30 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31 1 2 3 4 5

Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference (OEEC) 2020

The three-day event includes an exhibition where an expected 600+ supply chain companies…

read more >

Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology

As varied threats in the Mediterranean Sea continue to proliferate, the need to advance…

read more >


Forum you will find out from the regulators, government bodies and major ports’ representatives what the near…

read more >

7th Annual Arctic Exchange

Every year the Exchange invites delegates from across the globe to come together to listen to key senior management teams…

read more >