Norway’s Awind inks newbuild contracts with China Merchants Industry
China Merchants Industry has signed newbuild contracts with Norway's Awind, a subsidiary of Awilco affiliate Integrated Wind Solutions, for two purpose-built "walk to work" commissioning, operating, and operations vessels (CSOVs).
“We are very pleased to provide the offshore wind industry with these highly capable “walk-to-work” vessels increasing safety, operability and efficiency as well as reducing the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for offshore wind. The vessels are equipped for zero-emission operations by battery biased plug-in hybrid solution and are fully prepared for continuous zero-emission operations”, commented Christopher Heidenreich, managing director of Awind.
The vessels will be delivered in the first and second quarters of 2023, respectively, and Awind has the option to order up to four more.
The pair will have mission equipment that can handle a wide range of tasks that are needed to support offshore wind farms during construction, commissioning, operations, and maintenance. They can hold up to 120 passengers, often in single cabins.
Maritime Business World