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The deal could extend to other vessels © Shutterstock

7 November 2017 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal

UK-based Bibby Marine Services Ltd has awarded Sodexo a two-year contract to provide catering, housekeeping and laundry services for the new custom-designed Bibby Wavemaster 1 vessel, with the option to extend this to other vessels after a year.

Bibby Marine Services serves the marine needs of the offshore renewables market providing expert knowledge and experience in the provision of total access and accommodation solutions for the offshore wind farm sector.


Bibby Wavemaster 1 is a new generation of custom-designed service operation vessel to meet the need for the trend for wind farms to go farther from the shore in more challenging seas.


The customised design provides fast, safe and comfortable access to turbines, and enables the vessel to be able to remain at sea for periods of up to one month at a time.


Accommodation on board the vessel includes 60 en-suite berths capable of accommodating up to 90 persons on board, comprehensive leisure facilities, and office facilities. The vessel hull has been designed to ensure exceptional sea-keeping abilities and reduce the risk of motion sickness.


The contract will be managed from Sodexo’s Offshore & Marine centre of excellence in Capelle aan den Ijssel, part of the Port of Rotterdam, Europe’s largest seaport.


Sodexo’s Offshore & Marine business is part of the company’s Energy & Resources segment, which serves clients in the oil and gas, mining, and engineering and construction industries as well as other energy sectors.


The nature of onshore/offshore rotations is extremely demanding for clients’ crews, so Sodexo’s Offshore & Marine business addresses the complexities of its clients’ challenges in this sector, including the geographic mobility of their operations and installations as well as work/life balance in this environment.