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14 Jun 2024

Damen Presents Offshore Charging Solution for Electric CTVs

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Damen Shipyards Group has developed a new concept for offshore charging for fully electric crew transfer vessels (CTVs) operating at offshore wind farms.The system envisages a fully electric CTV which can charge either at offshore wind turbine or one of Damen’s commissioning service operations vessels (CSOVs) outfitted with a charger.The charging system that Damen has applied to its concept is developed by UK-based MJR, a specialist in offshore charging systems.The CTV would connect…

10 May 2024

Vard to Build Two CSOVs for Taiwanese Client

Norwegian shipbuilder Vard has signed a contract with an undisclosed Taiwanese customer for the design and construction of two Commissioning Service Operation Vessels (CSOVs).The customer has appointed VARD to design and construct two CSOVs’ of VARD 4 39 design.This is a new design from VARD, said to be highly versatile all-round platform for sustainable windfarm support operations both as a service vessel for the wind farms and for the building and installation phase.The first vessel will be built…

30 Apr 2024

Windward Offshore to Equip CSOV Newbuild Duo with Seaonics’ Cranes

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German shipowner Windward Offshore has ordered 3D Electric Controlled Motion Compensated (ECMC) cranes from Seaonics for two Commissioning Service Operation Vessels (CSOVs) being built by Norwegian shipbuilder VARD.The order marks Seaonics' first equipment delivery to Windward Offshore, a company founded by Blue Star Group, Diana Shipping and SeraVerse, in collaboration with and under the leadership of SeaRenergy Group.The first CSOV is scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2025…

30 Apr 2024

Bibby Marine Places Order for ‘World’s First’ eCSOV

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Bibby Marine has signed a shipbuilding contract with Gondan Shipbuilders to construct what is said to be the world’s first zero-emission, electric commissioning service operation vessel (eCSOV).The eCSOV will be built in Gondan’s Asturias shipyard in Spain and is scheduled to be delivered in 2026.Designed in collaboration with UK-based ship designers Longitude, the eCSOV, will feature a powerful battery system, complemented by dual-fuel methanol engines for emissions-free operations.

20 May 2024

SOVs – Analyzing Current, Future Demand Drivers

Norwind Offshore service operation vessel ‘Norwind Breeze’ in the port of Emden
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At a high-level, there are three solutions to transferring technicians from shore bases to offshore wind farms for construction and O&M activities: crew transfer vessel (CTV), helicopter, and SOVs/CSOVs.SOVs and CSOVs generally house 60-120 technicians offshore for a few weeks at a time, allowing them to transfer to structures on integrated heave compensated gangways, by daughter craft or on CTVs. The vessels are also equipped with cranes, storage, and small workshop areas.SOV: Service operations vessels…

08 Mar 2024

Vard to Deliver Tailor-Made Offshore Wind CSOV for Norwind Offshore

VARD 4 19 CSOV vessel for Norwind Offshore (Credit: Vard)

Norwegian shipbuilder Vard has secured a contract for the design and construction of one tailor-made offshore wind commissioning service operation vessel (CSOV) for Norwind Offshore, with options for two additional vessels.Vard signed the contract with Navigare Capital Partners, a shareholder in Norwind Offshore.The new CSOV vessel, scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2026, is of VARD 4 19 design, developed by Vard Design in Ålesund in close collaboration with Norwind Offshore.The hull will be built in Vard Shipyards Romania – Braila and the outfitting…

15 Feb 2024

Kongsberg to Equip Four Offshore Wind CSOVs Being Built by Ulstein Verft

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Kongsberg Maritime has secured a contract with Ulstein Verft for the supply of an extensive equipment package for four wind farm commissioning service operation vessels (CSOV), two for Bernhard Schulte Offshore and two for J.P. Morgan Asset Management.The 90-meter vessels are being built at Ulstein Verft, to the ULSTEIN SX222 design. Kongsberg Maritime will supply the same range of equipment to all four vessels.Bernhard Schulte Offshore Orders Two Ulstein CSOVsUlstein Inks Deals…

02 Feb 2024

IWS to Provide CSOV Fleet for Siemens Gamesa Offshore Wind Projects

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Integrated Wind Solutions (IWS) has, through its wholly-owned subsidiary IWS Fleet, entered into a frame term agreement with Siemens Gamesa to provide its commissioning service operation vessel (CSOV) fleet for offshore wind farms in North Europe.IWS Fleet will, under the agreement, provide the Skywalker-class walk-to-work CSOVs to support offshore turbine commissioning works across multiple Siemens Gamesa offshore projects in North Europe over a three-year period starting in 2025.The minimum commitment under the charter agreement covers about 1…

02 Nov 2023

SCHOTTEL to Propel Windcat Offshore's Latest Walk-to-Work CSOVs

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The first three new Walk-to-Work Commissioning Service Operation Vessels (CSOVs) built by the Dutch Damen Group for Windcat Offshore will be powered by full propulsion packages from SCHOTTEL. With vessel sizes of 87 metres by 20 metres, each CSOV will come with high-comfort accommodation for 120 passengers, and will provide a large warehouse and deck as well as various recreational areas and a hospital. The vessels will be powered by hydrogen and use a DP-2 control system. The…