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GE Renewable Energy and ACTA MARINE sign contract for Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm commissioning Service Operation Vessel

September 22, 2021
  • The Service Operation Vessel will support the GE Wind Turbines Mechanical Completion and Commissioning phase of the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm construction
  • The installation is anticipated to start in the second quarter of 2022
  • The Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm will be equipped with 80 Haliade 150-6MW and will have an installed capacity of 480 MW

Nantes – France - September 22, 2021 -- GE Renewable Energy and ACTA MARINE announced today the signature of a supply contract for the chartering of a Service Operation Vessel (SOV) for the commissioning activities of 80 Haliade 150-6MW turbines at the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm (“Parc éolien en mer de Saint-Nazaire”).

The vessel, ACTA AURIGA, is owned and operated by the Dutch shipping company ACTA MARINE, and will start operating on behalf of GE Renewable Energy in the second quarter of 2022, when the offshore wind turbine installation is set to begin. Departing from the Port of Saint-Nazaire, the vessel will assist in the mechanical completion and commissioning of the 80 Haliade 150-6MW offshore wind turbines located approximatively 12km off the coast. ACTA AURIGA will also provide safe accommodation and transportation for the project personnel and will have the capacity to transport goods that are needed offshore.

John Higgins, Project Management Leader at GE Renewable Energy Offshore Wind says: “We are very happy to collaborate for the first time with ACTA MARINE and to be able to charter the ACTA AURIGA SOV during the mechanical completion and commissioning phases.

I trust that the quality of the vessel’s design and the skills of their teams will support our project teams in executing the offshore works on time and with quality. As a key player in the offshore wind industry, we continue to develop a network of high skilled suppliers that will be able to help us provide the best service to our customers.”

Simon Anink, General Manager Commerce at ACTA MARINE comments: “We are very pleased that the experienced team of GE Renewable Energy has chosen our walk to work vessel ACTA AURIGA for the offshore works on Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm and we are proud to be part of the first large scale offshore wind development in France. We are convinced the ACTA AURIGA will be a good fit for the project and will provide a comfortable stay for the technicians offshore and an efficient execution of the offshore scope for GE’s project team.”

The Saint-Nazaire offshore windfarm, located off the coast of Saint-Nazaire (FR), is managed by a consortium between EDF Renouvelables and Enbridge, and will be the first commercial wind farm in France. It is a key milestone in the development of renewable energy in France and a first step in the offshore wind sector to support France’s renewable energy goals.  Commissioning is due to be completed by the end of 2022.


About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $16 billion business that combines one of the broadest portfolios in the renewable energy industry to provide end-to-end solutions for our customers demanding reliable and affordable green power. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro, storage, utility-scale solar, and grid solutions as well as hybrid renewables and digital services offerings, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts of clean renewable energy and equipped more than 90 percent of utilities worldwide with its grid solutions. With nearly 40,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy creates value for customers seeking to power the world with affordable, reliable, and sustainable green electrons.
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About Acta Marine
Acta Marine is an independent maritime service provider based in the Netherlands. The company owns and operates more than 30 coastal- and offshore support vessels. These vessels are being deployed all around the world, mainly on projects in the industries Offshore Energy and Dredging & Coastal Infrastructure. The fleet includes Workboats, Crew Transfer Vessels and offshore Walk-to- Work vessels. Acta Marine’s focus is on long-term continuity of their leading position as trusted marine support provider through lasting customer relations, continuous investments in fleet and people, and optimizing business operations. Safety, quality, and sustainability are integral parts of the business conduct and work procedures.

We build on our experience in coastal and offshore waters and continuously look for the best solutions and innovations that fit our clients’ needs. Utilizing our knowledge and expertise, we are eager to explore new markets.

Thanks to the opening of the office in Saint-Nazaire in January 2021, ACTA MARINE is close to its customer and will be able to ensure a dedicated service for its 2022 operations with the new logistics base in Montoir.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Nathalie Bourge
Communications, Offshore Wind
GE Renewable Energy
+33 7 52 66 21 29
[email protected]
Debby Bouwen
Acta Marine
+31 6 1141 7570
[email protected]
Audrie Jordan
Acta Marine
+33 7 86 38 35 61
[email protected]

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