Cargotec's MacGregor has received orders to provide equipment to four offshore wind service vessels for Edda Wind, Østensjø Group's offshore wind business unit.
Two of the equipment packages were awarded by the Spanish Astilleros Gondán, who is building the zero-emission prepared commissioning service operation vessels (CSOVs).
The first CSOV will be delivered in Q1 2022, when it will start servicing the BARD 1 offshore wind farm in Germany.
The other two packages were awarded by Astilleros Balenciaga, who is constructing Edda Wind's second-generation service operation vessels (SOVs), which are also prepared for zero-emission hydrogen fuel.
The first of the two service operation vessels will enter into service on a 15-year charter agreement in Q2 2022.
The CSOVs 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 5 tonne 3D motion compensated crane, MacGregor said.
According to the company, the SOVs will also be equipped with a Horizon all-electric walk-to-work gangway system and a 3 tonne Colibri 3D motion compensated crane.
"Whenever we asked MacGregor to solve operational challenges put forward by our clients or ourselves, they responded quickly with well-thought-out solutions and provided excellent technical support," said Egil Arne Skare, Chief Project Officer at Østensjø Rederi.
"Providing low emission service vessels is not just about selecting the most energy efficient equipment, it's the combination of the equipment and our collective experience that will give these ships an environmentally sound operational profile."
To remind, Østensjø Rederi signed a letter of intent for the construction of the four vessels in October last year, with an aim to meet the increasing demand in the offshore wind market.
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