The two new two high-spec “walk to work” offshore wind Commissioning, Service and Operations vessels (CSOVs) recently ordered by Oslo-headquartered Awind AS will feature MacGregor equipment packages.
Awind AS, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Integrated Wind Solutions AS (IWS,) an affiliate of Norway’s Awilco Group.
Both vessels will be built at the China Merchants Heavy Industry (CMHI) shipyard in Nantong, China. The MacGregor equipment in each will consist of a 3D motion compensated electrical gangway system, Colibri crane and a remote control station located on the vessel bridge. Awind has also secured option agreements for up to four additional vessels.
The 90- by 19-meter vessels are scheduled for delivery in first quarter and second quarter 2023 respectively. They vessels will equipped for zero-emission operations using a battery based plug-in hybrid solution and are fully prepared for conversion to continuous zero-emission operations
Both vessels will be prepared for continuous zero-emission operations, and will operate as mother vessels for wind turbine technicians as they perform safe and efficient work on the offshore turbines.
Christopher A. Heidenreich, Managing Director of Awind (IWS Fleet) says: “Awind is very pleased to be partnering with MacGregor to support turbine commissioning at Dogger Bank, the world’s largest offshore wind farm. This demonstrates the attractiveness of these highly capable “walk-to-work” vessels, which will be equipped to handle a variety of tasks required to support offshore wind farms during the installation, commissioning, operations and maintenance phase”.
Leif Byström, Head of the Offshore Solutions Division, MacGregor says: “MacGregor is delighted to have been selected by Awind to supply critical equipment to the two CSOV newbuildings, and we highly value the trust placed in our capability to support the development of wind energy.”