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North Star's Grampian Tyne vessel officially named

4C Offshore | Chloe Emanuel
By: Chloe Emanuel 08/06/2023 North Star

The first of North Star’s new offshore wind fleet, the Grampian Tyne, has been officially named at a VIP ceremony at Equinor’s Port of Tyne base in the North East of England, ahead of its early handover to the Dogger Bank Wind Farm.

The traditional good luck celebration, involving the customary champagne bottle being smashed against the hull of the ship, was carried out by the ship’s godmother, Lindsay Gordon, wife of North Star CEO, Matthew Gordon.

The SOV is of VARD 4 12-design and is one of four destined for decade long minimum charters to support O&M work at the Dogger Bank offshore wind farm and its partners Equinor (40%), SSE Renewables (40%), and Vårgrønn (20%). Once the wind farm is fully completed, it will be the largest in the world, producing enough electricity to power six million British homes.

Matthew Gordon, North Star CEO, said: "Being able to welcome our clients and esteemed guests onboard the Grampian Tyne in all her glory has been an incredibly proud moment for the entire North Star team and everyone involved in its design and construction. The significance of the name is not just a simple nod to the river, but to the people and the community this vessel and wind farm serve. We're extremely proud of the links being built with the local supply chain with a rich history of shipping on this waterway."

All three remaining hybrid electric powered SOV newbuilds, being built by VARD, are on track for being operational at Dogger Bank A, B and C by 2026. The company’s design provides quality accommodation to offshore wind turbine technicians, as well as a centralised logistics hub configured to handle cargo and act as a functioning warehouse offshore.

Last month (May), North Star contracted VARD for up to a further four new offshore wind vessels. The new commissioning service operation vessels (CSOVs) take the firm a step closer to its ambition of expanding its fleet with 40 renewables fleet by 2040 to support the growing UK and European markets.

North Star has an unrivalled North Sea maritime expertise and a proven track record for carrying out multiple fleet builds simultaneously. It employs more than 1,300 crew and onshore personnel at its offices, harbour and workshop facilities in Lowestoft, Port of Tyne and Aberdeen. It was acquired by Partners Group, a leading private global markets firm, acting on behalf of its clients, in 2022.

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