MacGregor to equip Edda Wind's four SOVs

In: Vessels
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received equipment orders for a total of four offshore wind service vessels that will expand the Edda Wind fleet, the offshore wind segment of the Østensjø Group.

Two of the equipment packages were awarded by the shipbuilder, Astilleros Gondán in Asturias, Spain for Edda Wind's zero emission prepared Service Operation Vessels (SOV), the first of which will enter into a firm charter period of 11 years starting Q1 2022.

Each of these vessels will be equipped with a Horizon all-electric walk-to-work gangway, including the largest integrated passenger lift ever fitted to a wind service vessel, which is interconnected to a Colibri 5 tonne 3D motion compensated crane. This further increases logistics support by allowing a single operator to change seamlessly between crane and gangway operations from a centralised control station on the vessel's bridge.

"Østensjø Rederi is committed to continuously advancing the development of environmentally sustainable technologies, and MacGregor's energy efficient equipment will contribute to improving the overall efficiency of Edda Wind's newbuildings"
said Egil Arne Skare, Chief Project Officer in Østensjø Rederi.

The other two equipment packages were awarded by Astilleros Balenciaga, which is building Edda Wind's second generation Service Operation Vessels (SOV), and is also prepared for zero-emission hydrogen fuel. The first of the two vessels will enter into service on a 15 year charter agreement in Q2 2022, and will be equipped with a Horizon all-electric walk-to-work gangway system and 3 tonne Colibri 3D motion compensated crane.

Although smaller than their SOV sister vessels, these two vessels will provide access heights of up to 34 metres above the sea surface due to the design of the Horizon walk-to-work system, specifically tailored to Edda Wind's requirements. These vessels will also be equipped with a centralised control station being located near the Dynamic Positioning Operator’s (DPO) position on the bridge.

"MacGregor is delighted to have been selected to supply critical equipment to the Edda Wind newbuildings,”
said Leif Byström, Head of the Offshore Solutions Division. “We now have a total of six walk-to-work systems and five 3D compensated cranes under various stages of completion, validating our commitment to renewable energy and to providing enhanced solutions and services to our customers through the combination of MacGregor and TTS capabilities."

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