Work Boat World Offshore Vessel Orders and Deliveries Roundup – June 1, 2022

The hydrogen-fuelled crewboat Hydrocat 48 (Photo: CMB.Tech)

The latest deliveries and orders are for windfarm support vessels, from crewboats to servicing and installation newbuildings for customers in Asia and Western Europe.

Windcat Workboats to put hydrogen-fueled crewboat in operation

Dutch operator Windcat Workboats and Belgian engineering firm CMB.Tech have unveiled a newly built crewboat that will utilise hydrogen as its main fuel.

Hydrocat 48 is powered by a MAN diesel engine modified to run on hydrogen, though the engine is designed to easily switch back to diesel if hydrogen is unavailable.

CMB.Tech expects the work that went into the new crewboat will lead to the development of fully hydrogen-powered vessels in future.

Norwind Offshore acquires first vessel

Photo: Norwind Offshore

Norwegian windfarm support specialists Norwind Offshore took delivery of its first vessel on Monday, May 30.

The Vard-built Norwind Breeze is the first vessel to be delivered out of an order for five. Design work was carried out by Vard Design in close cooperation with the owner.

Norwind Breeze‘s first operational deployment will be in support of Ørsted at the Hornsea Two wind farm in UK waters.

Cadeler orders new foundation installatiion jackup from Chinese builder

Photo: COSCO Heavy Industries

Denmark’s Cadeler has entered into a new contract with COSCO Heavy Industries of China to build a state-of-the-art foundation installation vessel to cater to projects in the offshore industry.

The new vessel will enable Cadeler to target the growing segment of large-scale foundation installations and to offer a complete set of services within transport and installation of offshore wind farms. The vessel may also be converted to take on turbine installation if required.

Once completed, the vessel will have a deck area of 5,600 square metres and capacity for up to seven complete 15MW turbine sets, five 20MW turbines, or six 2,600-tonne monopiles on each trip.

The US$345 million contract by Cadeler also includes an option for an additional vessel.

Singapore’s MEO Group taps local yard for five new crewboats

Singapore-based MEO Group has placed an order with local company Penguin Shipyard International for five new crewboats.

Delivery of the vessels will take place between 2023 and 2024. Each vessel will feature up to 80 reclinable business class seats, individual USB ports, and large windows that offer ample natural lighting.

Each crewboat can also carry up to 60 tonnes of deck cargo, up to 82,000 litres of fuel, and up to 30,000 litres of freshwater.

Secondary duties will include security and escort, search and rescue, firefighting, and medical evacuation.

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