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Keel laid for Olympic's CSOVs from Ulstein

4C Offshore | Kaitlin Walsh
By: Kaitlin Walsh 17/03/2023 Ulstein

The production of two Construction Service Operation Vessels (CSOVs) that Olympic ordered from Ulstein in 2022 is well underway at the hull hard CRIST. On 14 March 2023, the keel was laid for vessel number two, yard number (yno) 319. The keel was laid for the sister vessel, yno 318, on 31 January of this year.

The two vessels are designed for the offshore wind industry and are based on the newly developed, award winning TWIN X-STERN hull design from Ulstein Design & Solutions AS. The TWIN X-STERN, with main propellers fore and aft, reduces the energy consumption to a new level while positioned at the wind turbines.

While the two vessels are being constructed at the hull yard, the project management, planning and follow-up, purchasing and engineering works are underway at Ulstein. The first hull is expected to arrive at Ulstein Verft in Norway in Q4 2023 for final outfitting.

The vessels are based on the ULSTEIN SX222 design. They have hybrid battery propulsion and are prepared for methanol fuel to enable zero-emission operations. The vessels have a length of 89.6 metres, a beam of 19.2 metres and accommodate 126 people in 91 cabins.

The demand for ships and maritime services has increased and expectations of further growth are reflected in the shipping companies' ambitions to build new ships. The greatest growth in contracting plans is expected to arise in offshore service: in 2020, the total number of potential newbuilds in this segment was set to 25 ships, which has risen to 84 ships this year. A large proportion will be vessels for the offshore wind industry.

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