MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received equipment orders for a total of four offshore wind service vessels which will expand the Edda Wind fleet, the offshore wind segment of the Østensjø Group. The order was booked into Cargotec’s 1Q2020 order intake and the first vessel will enter into service in 1Q2022.
Two of the equipment packages were awarded by the shipbuilder, Astilleros Gondán in Asturias, Spain for Edda Wind's zero emission prepared Commissioning Service Operation Vessels (CSOV), the first of which will enter into a firm charter period of 11 years starting 1Q2022.
Each of these vessels will be equipped with a Horizon all-electric walk-to-work gangway, including the largest integrated passenger lift ever fitted to a wind service vessel, which is interconnected to a Colibri 5 tonne 3D motion compensated crane. This further increases logistics support by allowing a single operator to seamlessly change between crane and gangway operation from a centralised control station on the vessel's bridge.
The other two equipment packages were awarded by Astilleros Balenciaga who are building Edda Wind's second generation Service Operation Vessels (SOV), which are also prepared for zero-emission hydrogen fuel. The first of the two vessels will enter into service on a 15-year charter agreement in 2Q2022, and will also be equipped with a Horizon all-electric walk-to-work gangway system and 3 tonne Colibri 3D motion compensated crane.
Although smaller than their CSOV sister vessels, the SOV's will boast access heights of up to 34 m above the sea surface due to the novel design of the Horizon walk-to-work system, specifically tailored to Edda Wind's requirements. These vessels will also benefit from the additional efficiency provided by the centralised control station being located near the Dynamic Positioning Operator’s (DPO) position on the bridge.
The orders are the result of a long collaboration with Edda Wind, their ship designer, and other key suppliers to realise the potential of fully electrified equipment and integrated vessel systems. The Horizon walk-to-work gangway and Colibri 3D cranes are products brought into the MacGregor portfolio through the acquisition of TTS last year.
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