The safest access to wind turbines combined with the highest standards of living at sea

The Bibby WaveMaster 1 is unique as a purpose-built vessel for the deployment and retention of offshore support and maintenance engineers. Its development has been driven by functional requirements, based on feedback from potential end-users. WaveMaster 1 has on-site work and storage facilities plus accommodation for up to 70 maintenance personnel, management and a crew of 20. She is able to stay out at sea for voyages of up to one month and feature dynamic positioning (DP2). Crucially, she is equipped with a motion-compensated transfer gangway to allow maintenance personnel to walk between vessel and offshore structure.

Thanks to WaveMaster 1’s success, Bibby Marine Services have secured a built-to-tender sister vessel, the Bibby WaveMaster Horizon. Based off the same Damen design, the WaveMaster Horizon will be working a long term contact chartered to Siemens Gamesa and EnBW in the German North Sea. This second vessel adds a 2t capacity 3D motion-compensated crane to its deck, as well as a revised warehouse layout and a larger two-floor gym. 

 Custom-designed and constructed with Damen, the WaveMaster enables offshore wind operators to work more eff iciently, safely and in maximum comfort for up to 30 days at a time. Optimised for working efficiency in terms of storage, workflow and logistics.

The WaveMaster

Some of the key features of the WaveMaster model are:

Dynamic Positioning

DP-2 (Dynamic Positioning) vessel platform allowing for very high operability

Advanced Gangway

Motion compensated Walk-to-Work gangway ensuring safe offshore transfer of personnel.

Eco friendly

Minimal emissions and low fuel consumption to be as green as possible.

Motion compensated Crane

AHC (Active Heave Compensated, BWM1) or 3DMC (3D Motion Compensation, BWMH) crane allowing for secure transport of cargo.

Options for technician access

Daughter craft, CTV (Crew Transfer Vessel), helicopter winching (and landing on BWM1) transfer zones to provide additional technician access.

Comfortable accommodation

Comfort Class 2 standard accommodation, 60 en-suite berths with TV, WiFi and class-leading leisure facilities; including gym, sauna (BWM1 only), rec room and more.

Introducing the Horizon

The Bibby WaveMaster Horizon is the second vessel of its kind, following its sister vessel, the Bibby WaveMaster 1. Both Service Operation Vessels (SOVs) were designed and constructed in Galati Romania by DAMEN shipyards. The Horizon provides:

  • the ability to withstand and perform safely in difficult weather conditions
  • hotel standard facilities and comfort to those onboard
  • the safest possible means of access to an offshore structure