Kongsberg Maritime (KM) has won contracts to design and equip two construction service operation vessels (CSOV/SOV) for the Norway-based shipowner Awind AS, a fully-owned subsidiary of Integrated Wind Solutions AS. The combined contract value is approximately NOK 250 million.
Destined for the renewable offshore wind market, the new CSOVs will be built to Kongsberg Maritime’s UT 5519 DE design by the Chinese shipyard China Merchant Heavy Industries (CMHI), with which KM has a long and close relationship. Scheduled to be delivered in 2023, the vessels are designed with a clear focus on reduced emissions and enhanced sustainability.
This focus is reflected by the comprehensive Kongsberg Maritime integrated equipment solution, which includes permanent magnet Azimuth thrusters, generators, electrical systems, a fully integrated bridge with navigation, DP and automation systems, deck machinery equipment and control systems.
This extensive portfolio will contribute to activity across the entire company and the subcontractor supply chain network. “Awind’s determination to promote humane, environmentally-friendly safe and efficient operation is entirely consistent with KONGSBERG’s mission to incorporate sustainability in everything we do,” says Egil Haugsdal, President, Kongsberg Maritime. “This cooperation will have positive ripple effects across the entire organisation, as well as reinforcing Kongsberg Maritime’s market position in the growing renewable energy segment.”
The UT 5519 DE has a novel hull form and propulsion set-up, incorporating results from research and development projects as well as operational experience from KM’s wind farm service vessel designs to minimise emissions and maximise manoeuvrability and efficiency.
“We are very pleased to strengthen and build on our relationship with Kongsberg Maritime, both through the design and development phase and in the future, as we look forward to continuing to work together to ensure that our vessels operate as sustainably, humanely and efficiently as possible,” says Christopher Andersen Heidenreich, Managing Director, Awind.