ÅLESUND, Norway — Earlier this week, Windward Offshore contracted VARD to design and build two hybrid commissioning service operation vessels (CSOVs) for offshore wind farm developments.
Their agreement includes an option for two additional vessels.
Windward Offshore is a consortium between SeaRenergy Offshore Holding, Blue Star Group and SeraVerse.
The new vessels will be 87.5 m long with a beam of 19.5 m, and they will feature a height-adjustable motion-compensated gangway with elevator system and a height-adjustable boat landing system. There will be accommodation onboard for 120 personnel.
To support energy-efficient operations at sea, with the aim of reducing fuel consumption, the vessels will be outfitted with a SeaQ package from VARD Electro that includes systems and solutions for power, control, bridge and communication. They will also be prepared for future operation on green methanol.
The first hull will be built in one of VARD’s shipyards in Romania, with final outfitting, commissioning and delivery performed at another of the company’s yards in Norway. VARD expects to deliver the first hybrid CSOV in second-quarter 2025.