Windcat and Eneco ink charter agreement

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 12/01/2023 Windcat

Windcat and Eneco announced that a five year charter and partnership has been agreed for the transport of technicians offshore and will also allow the companies to work together on decarbonisation of Eneco’s marine logistics using Windcat’s hydrogen dual fuel solutions. The first vessel for this charter has been operational since the first of January, 2023.


Windcat 32, the vessel used for this charter, will be customised to Eneco’s needs, amongst others by the installation of an IMO Tier III engine. This engine uses a SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) system which radically reduces NOx emissions. Going forward, the use of hydrogen will be further explored for further reduction of emissions from crew transfer vessels.

The vessel will operate from IJmuiden and provide access to Eneco’s Prinses Amalia Windpark, Luchterduinen and Hollandse Kust Noord offshore wind farms.

Managing Director, Willem van der Wel: “With the Hydrocat 48, we invested heavily in emission reduction by using a dual fuel hydrogen engine, one of the reasons Eneco wanted to partner with us. Windcat looks forward to this collaboration that will ensure the decarbonisation of Eneco’s logistics. We will continue to work on developing the customised service that meets Eneco’s needs.”


Lead Asset Manager Offshore Wind, Renzo Schildmeijer: “We are pleased to further deepen and strengthen our relationship with Windcat with this new contract. Both companies share many core values and future goals. Windcat will be an important partner in decarbonizing our offshore logistics and delivering on our ambition becoming climate neutral in 2035.”


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