Offshore Vessel Charters News Roundup | February 21 – Crewboat contracts in Japan and Brazil, PSV and SOV deployments in Western Europe

Photo: NYK
Photo: NYK

A new fast crewboat has begun supporting decommissioning works in Brazil while one under development will be deployed at a new offshore wind project in Japan. Meanwhile, three firms have been awarded platform supply and service operation charters by clients in the Western European market.

Siemens Gamesa taps NYK for windfarm support in Japan's Ishikari Bay

Siemens Gamesa and Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) have entered into a time charter contract for a crewboat to support offshore wind farm operations out of Ishikari Bay in Hokkaido.

The crewboat will be owned by NYK and managed by group company Hokuyo Kaiun.

The vessel will be used for transporting technicians to the offshore wind power generation facility at Ishikari Bay New Port. The wind farm, which will consist of 14 turbines covering 500 hectares, is scheduled to begin commercial operation in December 2023.

Island Offshore PSV secures extension with Equinor

Island Commander <em>(Photo: Island Offshore)</em>
Island Commander (Photo: Island Offshore)

Norwegian operator Island Offshore has secured a contract from Equinor for the platform supply vessel (PSV) Island Commander.

The vessel is currently on spot fixture for the same company and is now allowed to hold on for another seven months, with options for up to four additional months afterwards.

Island Offshore now has two supply vessels and one walk-to-work vessel at work for Equinor.

Wagenborg Offshore PSV to serve long-term North Sea charter following refit

<em>Photo: Royal Wagenborg</em>
Photo: Royal Wagenborg

Netherlands-based Wagenborg Offshore has confirmed that one of its existing PSVs will undergo conversion work into a multi-purpose offshore vessel for charter by an unnamed customer.

Following conversion, the vessel will be deployed on subsea activities and decommissioning work in the southern North Sea.

The 34-week conversion will involve the incorporation of an active heave compensated crane, standby and rescue equipment, and an additional accommodation module that can house 20 personnel.

Edda Wind SOV to continue working for Ørsted

Edda Mistral <em>(Photo: Edda Wind)</em>
Edda Mistral (Photo: Edda Wind)

Norwegian operator Edda Wind has extended the charter agreement with Ørsted for the service operation vessel (SOV) Edda Mistral for 12 months.

The vessel has been working for Ørsted since 2018. It will continue working for the client until the end of August 2024.

Edda Mistral has been operating in support of the Hornsea One offshore wind farm in UK waters under a five-year firm charter.

CMM deploys fast crewboat for two-year contract in Brazil

Aqua Helix <em>(Photo: Damen)</em>
Aqua Helix (Photo: Damen)

Rio de Janeiro-based Compagnie Maritime Monegasque (CMM) and the Damen Shipyards Group have been selected to provide crewboat support for an oil and gas decommissioning project in Brazilian waters.

The crewboat that will serve the charter is the 2021-built Aqua Helix, which arrived in Brazil in late January. It began serving the contract in the succeeding weeks.

The charter for Aqua Helix has a duration of two years.

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