Associated British Ports has welcomed the newly built VOS Start subsea-support vessel to the Port of Barrow, which will provide offshore logistics support during construction of the Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm in the Irish Sea.
As the closest port to the Walney Extension, Barrow supports significant renewable generation developments in the Irish Sea, as well as a range of projects run by DONG Energy and MNI Vestas.
Carl Bevan, ABP Divisional Port Manager, North West, said: “We are very proud to have the perfect facilities to accommodate this class of ship and will ensure that our customers have everything they need to make the most of their stay.”
This year, the Port of Barrow is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the official opening of the docks and is embracing the next generation of wind and offshore renewable development.
The Port is also home to long established customers including BAE Systems, International Nuclear Services (INS) and Centrica’s gas condensate export terminal.
Andrew Harston, Short Sea Ports Director, said: “At Barrow, we are proud to have played a key role in the economic prosperity of the town for the past 150 years and are committed to supporting Barrow’s vibrant local community.
“Together with its sister Port of Silloth, Barrow contributes around £100m to the region’s economy and supports thousands of jobs.
“It is fantastic to welcome the VOS Start to Barrow as she represents the latest generation of purpose built offshore support vessels as we start our next 150 years, making history together helping DONG Energy deliver the Walney Extension.”