Norwegian shipowner Østensjø Rederi has signed a letter of intent with Astilleros Gondán in Spain for the construction of four commissioning service operation vessels (CSOV) to meet increasing demand in the offshore wind market.
The vessels are designed for efficient operations, which is estimated to result in a 30% reduction in emissions. The vessels will be also be prepared for installation of zero emission technology.
Kenneth Walland, CEO of Østensjø Rederi, commented: “Østensjø Rederi is very excited about this newbuilding program. Significant growth is expected in the offshore wind market over the next decades, and we are confident these CSOVs will be the optimal and preferred tool for our clients. Østensjø Rederi has been working in the offshore wind market since 2016, and with the delivery of our first two Service Operation Vessels (SOV) in 2018, the company has established itself as a major player in this market. In addition to our existing vessels, both on long term contracts with Ørsted, the four newbuildings will further strengthen our market position in offshore wind.”
The vessels are scheduled for delivery from early 2022.