Edda Wind, a Norwegian owner and operator of offshore wind service vessels, has signed long-term charter agreements for two of its four newly built low-emission ships.
The company, run by Norwegian shipping group Ostensjo Rederi AS, has secured a charter agreement with offshore wind turbine maker MHI Vestas for a service operation vessel (SOV) for a firm period of 15 years. The agreement comes into force in the second quarter of 2022.
Offshore wind farm operator Ocean Breeze Energy GmbH & Co KG has chartered a commissioning service operation vessel (CSOV) for a firm period of 11 years starting in the first quarter of 2021. The CSOV will be delivered in the first quarter of 2022 and in the meantime, the contract will be served by a front-runner vessel for one year, Ostensjo Rederi said.
The ships will be used as mother vessels for wind turbine technicians for commissioning and maintenance work on offshore wind farms.
The vessels, designed by Salt Ship Design AS with Ostensjo, are two of four constructed for Edda Wind in the Spanish shipyards Astilleros Gondan and Astilleros Balenciaga.
They are equipped with a battery hybrid propulsion system, which, combined with other energy saving instruments, will reduce the emission of greenhouse gases by at least 30%, according to Ostensjo. In addition, the vessels are prepared to have hydrogen technology installed in the future. These preparations have been funded by Enova SF, a state-owned enterprise owned by the Norwegian ministry of climate and environment.
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