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Awind orders CSOVs, targets offshore wind

Norway’s Awind AS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Integrated Wind Solutions AS, has signed newbuild contracts for two purpose-built, walk-to-work Commissioning, Service, and Operations Vessels (CSOVs).

The vessels are scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2023 from China Merchants Industry, Hong Kong.

In addition, Awind AS has secured an option agreement for up to four additional vessels.

The Oslo-based company is targeting the offshore wind industry with the vessel orders.

The CSOVs are said to have an innovative design with flexible mission equipment to handle a variety of tasks required to support offshore wind farms during the installation, commissioning, and operations & maintenance phases.

Each vessel has a 3D motion compensated crane, a motion compensated gangway, and can accommodate up to 120 persons.

”We are very pleased to provide the offshore wind industry with these highly capable “walk-to-work” vessels increasing safety, operability and efficiency as well as reducing the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for offshore wind,” said Christopher A. Heidenreich, Chief Operating Officer of IWS.

”The vessels are equipped for zero-emission operations by battery biased plug-in hybrid solution and are fully prepared for continuous zero-emission operations.”