IWS Fleet to Sign New Dogger Bank Contract

IWS Fleet, a fully owned subsidiary of the Norwegian company Integrated Wind Solutions (IWS), has been notified by Dogger Bank Wind Farm that they intend to sign a charter contract for one of its Skywalker class walk-to-work commissioning service operation vessels (CSOVs) for the third phase of the offshore wind farm, Dogger Bank C.

The firm charter contract is for 331 days with commencement in 2025.

According to IWS, the contract will be effective when the contractual documentation is completed, which is expected in the second quarter of this year.

IWS Fleet, formerly Awind AS, has two CSOVs under construction at China Merchants with scheduled delivery in 2023 with options for up to four additional sister vessels.

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Last year, the company secured its first contract with the Dogger Bank consortium for the chartering of one of its CSOVs.

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The contract will commence shortly after the delivery of the vessel in the second quarter of 2023. The CSOV will be used during the commissioning of the 13 MW GE Renewable Energy Haliade-X turbines on the first two phases of the wind farm, Dogger Bank A and B.

Along with the first IWS Fleet’s Skywalker-class vessel, Dogger Bank also signed a contract to charter Edda Wind’s CSOV last year, which was just launched at the Gondan shipyard in Spain.

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The 88.3-metre vessel, built for the Norwegian shipowner Edda Wind AS, has an accommodation capacity for 120 people (93 technicians and 27 crew members), a 3D motion-compensated crane, a motion-compensated gangway with a maximum range of 28 metres, and an integrated elevator with a capacity for up to 26 persons.

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