This Christmas Edda Wind received a special gift from Gondan Shipbuilders as another Commissioning Service Operation vessel (CSOV) C491 was launched at the yard Christmas eve. The newbuild is a purpose-built CSOV of similar design as the six vessels being built at Gondan.
Together with the two SOVs being built at Astilleros Balenciaga, these eight vessels form the expansion program of Edda Wind with all vessels being delivered from now until 2025. All eight vessels are being prepared for emission-free operations with a hydrogen-based propulsion system based on the Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC) concept. These vessels will join a fleet of totally ten vessels and serve as mother vessels for wind turbine technicians as they perform commissioning and maintenance work on offshore wind turbines. The CSOVs are 88.3 in length and can accommodate 120 persons in total while the two SOVs can accommodate 60 persons. All units have high-standard cabins and common areas.
“Launching of a vessel is always a special moment and not a usual Christmas activity. Therefore, to observe the third of six sister vessels successfully launched is again an important milestone and a great achievement for Gondan and Edda Wind”, says CEO of Edda Wind, Kenneth Walland.
“The first four of the new building series plus two existing vessels in the Edda Wind fleet are committed on medium- to long term contracts. C491 is the first of four vessels scheduled for delivery from late 2023 until mid 2025 that so far are not committed. They will be delivered into a market that will have a high demand for these type of vessels for the foreseeable future, further increasing the attractiveness of these assets. We are currently observing significant increases in building and equipment costs and consider having vessels already on order and under construction as a great advantage for Edda Wind”, says CEO of Edda Wind Kenneth Walland.