Italian shipbuilding group Fincantieri, through its Norwegian-based subsidiary Vard, has entered into a contract with the Windward Offshore consortium to design and build two hybrid Commissioning Service Operation Vessels (CSOV) for sustainable offshore windfarm support. There is also an option for two more ships. The first CSOV is expected to be delivered in the second quarter of 2025.
The vessels will use green methanol and feature a hybrid battery system. The initial hull will be constructed in Romania, with final outfitting and delivery in Norway, while the second vessel will be built and delivered in Vung Tau, Vietnam.
The CSOVs will have a capacity for 120 people and are designed for a wide range of offshore windfarm support operations, emphasizing logistics, safety, comfort, and operational efficiency.
Pierroberto Folgiero, CEO and Managing Director of Fincantieri, commented: “This new order is a further confirmation of the expertise that Vard has developed in the CSOV market and strengthens the role of offshore wind as the third fundamental pillar of our business. Fincantieri can make a significant contribution to a technology that the whole world is investing in.”
Windward Offshore is a consortium, currently under establishment and led by SeaRenergy Group, the Offshore Wind Services arm of the Asian Spirit Steamship Company. The partners driving Windward Offshore’s innovative venture are industry leaders: SeaRenergy Offshore Holding GmbH, Blue Star Group GmbH & Cie. KG, Diana Shipping Inc., and SeraVerse GmbH.