Fincantieri to build two hybrid vessels for offshore windfarm support

Vard Fincantieri hybrid offshore vessel

Vard, part of the Fincantieri Group, and the Windward Offshore consortium have signed a contract for the design and construction of two hybrid commissioning service operation vessels (CSOV). They have also agreed on an option for two additional ships. The first CSOV is scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of 2025. 

The units will be 87.5m long and have a beam of 19.5m. They are prepared for operation with green methanol and are equipped with a hybrid battery system. The first hull will be built in Romania, while the final outfitting, commissioning and delivery will be carried out in Norway. The second vessel will be built and delivered in Vung Tau, Vietnam. The ships will accommodate 120 people. 

Pierroberto Folgiero, CEO and managing director of Fincantieri, says: “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.

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