Offshore Vessel News Roundup | July 27 – SOV construction in Spain and Vietnam, Chinese-built jackup for Dutch operator, survey ship sold to new owner

Construction is underway on new offshore wind maintenance and installation vessels for customers in Norway, the UK, and the Netherlands while a large-capacity survey vessel comes under new ownership, effectively ceasing operations in the offshore industry.

Edda Wind’s newest SOV floated out in Spain

Photo: Edda Wind

Edda Wind has confirmed that its newest service operation vessel (SOV) was recently floated out at the facilities of Spanish shipbuilder Balenciaga.

Edda Goelo will commence operations for Siemens Gamesa at Iberdrola’s offshore wind farm in France’s Saint-Brieuc Bay in the third quarter of 2023. Once on-site, it will serve as mother vessel for technicians as they perform maintenance work on offshore wind turbines.

Edda Goelo‘s charter with Siemens Gamesa will have a firm period of five years.

Keel laid for SOV for UK’s North Star

Vard Vung Tau in Vietnam has laid the keel for a new SOV slated for UK operator North Star Renewables.

The vessel is the third unit in a planned series of four SOVs. Each will have a hybrid propulsion system, a height-adjustable motion-compensated gangway with elevator system, a height-adjustable boat transfer system, and a 3D compensated crane for cargo transfer duties.

Construction starts on new wind turbine installation jackup for Van Oord

Photo: Knud E Hansen

Yantai CIMC Raffles Shipyard in China has begun construction of a new wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV) for Netherlands-based Van Oord.

The DNV-classed, Knud E. Hansen-designed vessel will have a length of 176 metres, a beam of 63 metres, space for 135 crew, a deck with an area of 7,000 square metres, and a maximum lifting capacity of over 20,000 tonnes. Installation can be performed at depths of up to 80 metres.

The WTIV will be powered by dual-fuel engines that can also operate on methanol.

Green Energy Group sells survey vessel

Photo: Green Energy Group

The Green Energy Group has entered into a binding agreement to sell the research/survey vessel Petrel Explorer to an undisclosed buyer for an undisclosed sum.

The sale is scheduled to be completed in about four weeks and will see the vessel leave the offshore industry.

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