The winds of change continue to blow through the offshore wind industry as the Windward Offshore consortium announces its decision to exercise options for constructing two cutting-edge hybrid Commissioning Service Operation Vessels (CSOVs). This significant development marks another milestone in pursuing renewable energy, strengthening the offshore wind sector’s infrastructure and capabilities.
In October 2023, Windward Offshore entered a promising contract with Vard, setting the stage for creating these state-of-the-art vessels. Now, they have taken a giant leap forward by expanding their commitment to sustainability and efficiency, with the decision to build two additional CSOVs from Fincantieri’s Norwegian subsidiary. This action brings the total order from Fincantieri to four vessels, affirming the consortium’s unwavering dedication to pioneering progress in the offshore wind industry.
The primary purpose of these 87.5-meter-long, 19.5-meter-wide CSOVs is clear: they will serve as the backbone of offshore wind park construction, commissioning, and maintenance efforts for energy majors worldwide. In an era defined by the urgent need to transition to clean energy sources, the importance of such vessels cannot be overstated. They represent technological innovation and a commitment to sustainable practices that will reshape the energy landscape.
What sets these CSOVs apart is their advanced design and functionality. Equipped with a height-adjustable motion-compensated gangway featuring an elevator system and a height-adjustable boat landing system, they ensure safe and efficient operations even in challenging offshore conditions. With accommodations for up to 120 personnel on board, these vessels are well-prepared to tackle the demands of offshore wind projects, where precision and reliability are paramount.
Crucially, the CSOVs will feature a hybrid battery system, demonstrating their commitment to reducing environmental impact. Furthermore, they are designed to be future-proof, and capable of operating on green methanol. This dual functionality aligns with global efforts to reduce carbon emissions and ensures adaptability in a rapidly evolving energy landscape.
Windward Offshore, the visionary consortium behind this venture, is spearheaded by SeaRenergy Group, the Offshore Wind Services Arm of the Asian Spirit Steamship Company. This partnership underscores a shared vision of ushering in a new era of offshore wind service vessels, with an initial focus on CSOVs. The founding partners of Windward Offshore, including SeaRenergy Offshore, Blue Star Group, Diana Shipping Inc., and SeraVerse, bring a wealth of expertise and resources to the table. Their collaboration heralds a brighter, cleaner future for offshore wind energy.
As we move forward in the transition to sustainable energy sources, the commitment of companies like Windward Offshore and Fincantieri to innovation and environmental responsibility is commendable. The construction of these hybrid CSOVs is not just about building vessels; it’s about building a more sustainable future. The delivery of the first two vessels in Q3 2025 and Q1 2026, followed by the other two in Q2 and Q3 2026, will mark a significant step toward realising the full potential of offshore wind power.
The offshore wind industry is on the cusp of transformative change, and the decisions made today will shape the energy landscape for generations to come. With each vessel that takes to the sea, we come one step closer to harnessing the full potential of renewable energy. We applaud Windward Offshore, Fincantieri, and their partners for their dedication to a cleaner, greener future and for setting a shining example for the entire offshore wind sector.