Offshore wind service vessel company Edda Wind announces that it has taken delivery of Edda Brint from Astilleros Balenciaga. The vessel is the second vessel delivered as part of a seven-vessel newbuilding programme.
The new Service Operation Vessel (SOV), named Edda Brint, will start installation of the motion compensated gangway system after leaving the yard in Spain, and start a fifteen-year contract with Vestas at the Seagreen Offshore wind farm in Scotland in January 2023.
“The delivery of Edda Brint is a further evidence of Edda Winds ability to secure long-term contracts for its fleet. Hence, each vessel delivery means increased revenue and improved profitability for Edda Wind,” says Kenneth Walland, CEO of Edda Wind.
Zero emission ready
The SOV Edda Brint has been designed with flexibility and operability that enables it to service wind farms worldwide. The vessel has also been prepared for zero-emission operations with hydrogen as energy carrier in a Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC) concept. This concept has been adopted by Edda Wind as it meets the company’s strict criteria for safe operation, logistical solutions and endurance. For example, this way of handling hydrogen on board avoids exposure to the safety risks that exist for several other green fuel solutions.
“Edda Brint is the first SOV in the world prepared with a hydrogen-based energy system planned for four weeks endurance. In principle, this means that this vessel in a few years’ time is capable of supporting the construction and commissioning of wind farms without generating carbon emissions,” adds Kenneth Walland.
Edda Brint is of Salt 0358 design and build number C415 from Astilleros Balenciaga shipyard in Spain. The vessel is 82.9 metres long with a beam of 18.6 metres. It can accommodate up to 60 persons in separate high standard cabins. Her sister vessel – “Edda Goelo” will be delivered to Edda Wind from the same yard in Q2/2023 and commence a five-year contract in France in the autumn.
In addition to Edda Brint and the five vessels – four CSOVs and one SOV – currently under construction, Edda Wind owns and operates two SOVs, “Edda Passat” and “Edda Mistral” and one CSOV “Edda Breeze”. The SOVs are both on contract to Ørsted on wind farms in UK and “Edda Breeze” will start its operations for Ocean Breeze in Germany in January 2023. Under the current fleet expansion program, Edda Wind’s fleet will consist of 9 vessels by 2024, whereof five newbuilds will start operations in 2023.
“Operators are continuously looking for ways to improve the efficiency of wind farm operations and reduce operating costs and environmental footprint. Our specially designed offshore wind service vessels provide exactly this. We expect demand for specialised service vessels to further improve, and we are well-positioned to capitalise on this trend,” adds Kenneth Walland.
Edda Wind is the leading pure-play offshore wind service company, headquartered in Haugesund, Norway. The Company develops, builds, owns, and operates purpose-built SOVs and CSOVs for offshore wind farms worldwide.