Offshore wind

OUT NOW: Offshore Wind Vessels 2024 supplement

OUT NOW: Offshore Wind Vessels 2024 supplement

It’s estimated the global offshore wind market could exceed US$100bn by the end of this decade, with a global capacity 330GW per annum. By common consent offshore renewables are an essential component in society’s transition towards sustainable energy. Although in its early years offshore wind depended heavily on vessels more typically deployed for oil and […]

North Star expands into European offshore wind market with newbuild SOV

North Star expands into European offshore wind market with newbuild SOV

In a significant move, North Star, the leading UK provider of offshore infrastructure support services, has secured a landmark contract with Germany’s energy utility giant EnBW. The agreement involves the delivery of a cutting-edge hybrid-electric Service Operations Vessel (SOV) for a decade-long minimum charter to support the He Dreiht wind farm off the coast of […]

BMT unveils methanol-ready offshore SOV design

BMT unveils methanol-ready offshore SOV design

Naval architect and designer BMT has shared its plans for a new hybrid diesel-electric, methanol-ready service operation vessel (SOV), developed to support offshore wind farm operations while minimising overall environmental impact. Measuring 48m in overall length x 22m in moulded breadth, and featuring a 5.5m draught, the proposed vessel looks set to plug the size […]

Tidal Transit launches CTV electrification project with ZEVI funding

Tidal Transit launches CTV electrification project with ZEVI funding

UK-based crew transfer vessel (CTV) operator Tidal Transit has commenced the design and engineering phase of a project to deliver what is described as the world’s first retrofitted electric crew transfer vessel (E-CTV). The project, which has received £6.3 m in funding from the Zero Emissions Vessel and Infrastructure (ZEVI) competition, an initiative funded by […]

Longitude Engineering chosen as designer for ‘world’s first’ zero-emission SOV

Longitude Engineering chosen as designer for ‘world’s first’ zero-emission SOV

Engineering consultants and ship designers Longitude Engineering has been selected as the designer for a zero-emission electric Service Operation Vessel (eSOV) being developed by a British-based consortium led by shipowner and operator Bibby Line. The project, which was first announced during London International Shipping Week in September 2023, is developing a vessel to operate in […]

Ulstein Verft signs two-ship CSOV contract with JP Morgan

Ulstein Verft signs two-ship CSOV contract with JP Morgan

Norwegian shipyard Ulstein Verft will build two new Construction Service Operation Vessels (CSOVs) for J.P. Morgan under the terms of a deal announced on 5th January. The CSOVs, which will be equipped with a hybrid propulsion system and methanol ready. They will be built to an adaptation of the Ulstein SX222 design platform, utilizing Ulstein’s […]

Prysmian Group boosts its CLV fleet

Prysmian Group boosts its CLV fleet

Italian-based energy and telecoms systems provider Prysmian Group has announced plans for two further cable-laying vessels (CLVs) to meet the growing demand for submarine cable systems for interconnections and offshore wind farm projects. The first vessel, to be designed and built by Norwegian shipyard Vard, a subsidiary of Fincantieri Group, will be built to the […]

UK-based Marine Components International seals CTV supply contract

UK-based Marine Components International seals CTV supply contract

Poole, UK, based equipment specialists Marine Components International (MCI) has secured a deal to supply seven BSB A60 fire dampers for a series of Windflex 27 Crew Transfer Vessels (CTVs) currently under construction at a Singapore Shipyard.  The vessels will operate in the European offshore wind sector. MCI is the exclusive global distributor for BSB, […]

How big bubble curtains help to keep the noise down

How big bubble curtains help to keep the noise down

Mitigation of underwater noise is a hot topic, especially with the proliferation of offshore wind farm projects across Europe, the US East Coast and parts of Asia. Typically, wind turbine monopiles are driven into the seabed by large hydraulic hammers attached to the tops of the monopiles, a process that generates excessive noise. These high […]

RINA’s Offshore Wind Summit draws a crowd in Aberdeen

RINA’s Offshore Wind Summit draws a crowd in Aberdeen

The Granite City was the location for the Royal Institution of Naval Architects’ inaugural Offshore Wind Summit in early October. The event, held in partnership with our friends at class society ABS, showcased some of the numerous innovations and developments in this rapidly-evolving segment of maritime. Kicking off a series of intensive panels and discussions […]

Seaonics’ ECMC crane and gangway brings new charge to active heave compensation

Seaonics’ ECMC crane and gangway brings new charge to active heave compensation

Electrification of the offshore sector has been steadily advancing for a number of years now with offshore wind vessels in particular at the forefront of innovation. In June this year, Norwegian owner REM Purus took delivery of the Vard-built 85 metre diesel-electric/battery hybrid CSOV REM Power, the first vessel to be equipped with Kongsberg Rim […]

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