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Vattenfall has chosen the Port of IJmuiden as its home base for operational and maintenance activities related to the Hollandse Kust 1&2 wind farm. Once the wind farm is completed and commissioned (by 2023), all maintenance and management tasks required to keep the wind farm operational will be performed from this maintenance hub.
Vattenfall and the Port of IJmuiden are developing the necessary facilities in the IJmond harbour area. The service centre will house an office for the staff, a storage room for spare parts and a workshop. There will also be room to create boatlandings for the maintenance boats (crew transfer vessels (ctv’s)). Construction is expected to start in early 2022, and around 40 people will work at the site after completion. A contract has also been signed with Windcat Workboats. The Windcat boats will enable the maintenance technicians to travel to the wind farm. Windcat Workboats is presently working with CMB Technologies on the development of a hydrogen-powered boat. This option is expected to be ready by 2020, and Vattenfall will be one of the first companies to make use of these boats.
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