Norwind Offshore takes delivery of first vessel

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 31/05/2022 Norwind Offshore

Norwind Offshore took delivery of its first vessel – the Norwind Breeze – from Vard, Brattvåg on 30 May 2022. The vessel is of VARD 4 01 design, developed by Vard Design in Ålesund in close cooperation with Norwind Offshore.

"This is a significant day for us," said CEO of Norwind Offshore, Svein Leon Aure.

A contract has already been secured for the first vessel, and it will commence operations immediately after delivery. Ørsted has contracted the Norwind Breeze to support operations at Hornsea Two. Located 89 km off the Yorkshire coast, Ørsted’s Hornsea Two project will surpass its predecessor, Hornsea One, and become the world's largest offshore wind farm once complete in 2022. Installation is expected to reach completion bymid-2022.

The Norwind Breeze is the first vessel of the newbuild program, of a total of five vessels, specifically designed for global service and maintenance operations for offshore wind farms. A further four Commissioning Service Operations Vessels (CSOVs) of VARD 4 19 design are to be delivered by 2025.

The 85-metre vessels have a beam of 19.5 meters and will be equipped with a height-adjustable motion-compensated gangway with elevator system and a height-adjustable boat landing system. The vessels will be prepared for installation of battery solutions. The CSOVs will also have accommodation for 87 persons on board.

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