Floatel Kalmar offers temporary lodgings for crew in Port Oostende
Wednesday at 14.30 hours the floatel (= floating hotel ship) Kalmar Haven entered Oostende. This hotel ship was commissioned by Deme to sail from Bremerhaven (DE) to Oostende. The ship offers all necessary facilities for the crew of ships to spend the night comfortably.
A voyage ban has been in force since the COVID-19 crisis. This also applies to employees working on ships. The purpose of this floatel is to allow the crew and personnel working for Deme on the offshore wind farms off the Belgian and Dutch coast to stay here. This is in order to accommodate the measures concerning restrictions on voyages. The vessel has 220 cabins on board.
This operation took place in consultation with the immigration services, Port Health, Saniport and the harbour master's office of Port Oostende.
It is expected that this float will be in the port of Oostende for about two months. In its wake, the Deme ships Flintstone, Livingstone and Innovation will call at port Oostende at the end of April to organize a crew change. The current crew and personnel will then make use of the Kalmar floatel vessel.
Port Oostende focuses on continuity, growth and employment within five pillars: Blue Economy, Bulk & Project Cargo, Cruises & Ferry, Circular Industry and the Fisheries sector. These sectors are further expanded on the basis of two foundations: prioritizing safety, health and the environment and second supporting innovation and development.