Equipment orders have been made for four offshore wind service vessels to enable them to service wind farms efficiently.

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, received the equipment orders for the offshore wind vessels, which will expand the Edda Wind fleet, the offshore wind segment of the Østensjø Group.

“MacGregor is delighted to have been selected to supply critical equipment to the Edda Wind newbuildings,” said Leif Byström, head of MacGregor’s offshore solutions division.

Two of the equipment packages were awarded by the shipbuilder, Astilleros Gondán in Asturias, Spain, for Edda Wind’s zero-emission Commissioning Service Operation Vessels (CSOV). The first CSOV will enter into a firm charter period of 11 years starting Q1 2022.

Each of these vessels will be equipped with a Horizon all-electric walk-to-work gangway, including the largest integrated passenger lift ever fitted to a wind service vessel, which is interconnected to a Colibri five-tonne 3D motion compensated crane.

The other two equipment packages were awarded by Astilleros Balenciaga, which is building Edda Wind’s second generation Service Operation Vessels (SOV), which are also prepared for zero-emission hydrogen fuel. The first of the two vessels will enter into service on a 15-year charter agreement in Q2 2022, and will also be equipped with a Horizon all-electric walk-to-work gangway system and a three-tonne Colibri 3D motion compensated crane.

Although smaller than their CSOV sister vessels, the SOV’s will boast access heights of up to 34m above the sea surface due to the design of the Horizon walk-to-work system.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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