Vard, one of the first companies in the world in the construction of special vessels and part of the Fincantieri group, and the Windward Offshore consortium, have signed a contract for the design and construction of two hybrid Commissioning Service Operation Vessels (CSOV). The contract also includes the option for two additional ships. The first delivery is scheduled for the second quarter of 2025 .
These are extremely versatile platforms that will carry out support operations for offshore wind farms, with a focus on on-board logistics and safety.
The units, 87.5 meters long and 19.5 meters wide, are designed to operate with green methanol and are equipped with a hybrid battery system. The first vessel will be built in Romania, with fitting out and delivery in Norway. The second will be entirely built at the Vung Tau shipyard, in Vietnam. They will be able to accommodate 120 people on board.
“This new order is a further confirmation of the expertise gained by Vard in the CSOV market and strengthens the role of offshore wind as the third fundamental pillar of our business. Fincantieri can make a great contribution to a technology in which the whole world is investing .”Pierroberto Folgiero, CEO and general manager of Fincantieri
Windward Offshore is a consortium led by SeaRenergy Group, the offshore wind services arm of the ASSC Group. The latter is a company with more than 180 years of history that mainly deals with ships intended for the transport of goods. The consortium also includes Holding GmbH, Blue Star Group GmbH & Cie. KG, Diana Shipping Inc. and SeraVerse GmbH .