Norway’s Norwind Offshore has declared options for the design and construction of two Commissioning Service Operations Vessels (CSOVs) at Vard.
The options for the two CSOVs were part of the contract signed between the two companies back in October 2021.
Norwind Offshore and Vard, a subsidiary of Fincantieri, have also agreed on new options for two additional vessels.
The new vessels are of VARD 4 19 design, developed by Vard Design in Ålesund in close cooperation with Norwind Offshore.
The CSOVs are scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2024 and the second quarter of 2025.
The first vessel will be equipped and delivered by Vard Brattvaag in Norway. The hull will be built by Vard Braila in Romania. The second vessel will be built and delivered by Vard Vung Tau in Vietnam.
Norwind Offshore already has two newbuildings under construction at Vard, in addition to the conversion of a Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) which is being converted to a Service Operation Vessel (SOV).
”The positive feedback from offshore wind operators, both on these state-of-the-art vessels and Norwind Offshore’s operational model, has been exceptionally strong,” Svein Leon Aure, CEO of Norwind Offshore, said.
”This has enabled us to execute on our growth strategy and the additional vessels represent an important milestone on our path to become a leading pure play offshore wind company.”
Norwind Offshore’s SOV, the Norwind Breeze, has already secured a contract with ”one of the major operators within the offshore wind market,” Aure said, adding that the vessel will start her charter in May, directly from Vard Brattvaag in Norway.
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