Cochin Shipyard bags order from UK for hybrid service operation vessel

Cochin Shipyard bags order from UK for hybrid service operation vessel

State- owned Cochin Shipyard Ltd has secured another international order from UK-based offshore renewable operator  North Star Shipping to construct a hybrid service operation vessel (SOV).

The SOVs will be deployed at the Scottish Power Renewables East Anglia Three offshore wind farms located off the Suffolk coast.

As per the company officials, the shipbuilding contract also has the option to contract two more such vessels. North Star earlier in the year contracted another hybrid SOV with Cochin Shipyard.

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SOVs are designed and built to support the maintenance, service, and operational needs of offshore wind farms. They are a key part of the growing renewables sector and are in high demand in the European market.

According to sources,  85m Hybrid SOVs are designed by VARD AS, Norway based on the proven 419 design and built for the service, maintenance, and operational needs of the offshore wind industry. The vessels are equipped with a fully electric azimuth propulsion system, and a 3D motion-compensated gangway system (walk2work) which forms the mission equipment. The vessels are to be classed with DNV Norway.

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CSL is currently building 2 Nos. Commissioning Service Operation Vessels (CSOVs) for a European Client. With the new SOV contract, CSL strengthens its footprint in the high-end & niche global renewable energy segment- towards sustainable solutions, it said in a statement.

North Star Shipping is recognized as a fully professional and proven mission-critical service partner, particularly with long-term contracted infrastructure support in one of the world’s most challenging and demanding marine environments, leveraging its 135 years of experience.

“CSL is committed to building high-quality products with focused interest in sustainable solutions to serve the evolving maritime markets,” said Madhu Nair, the Chairman and Managing Director of CSL.

The PSU shipping yard is also active in defense shipbuilding, recently delivering India’s First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier to the Indian Navy with more orders in hand for Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvettes and New Generation Missile Vessels.

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