VARD announced it has signed a contract for the design and construction of two Commissioning Service Operation Vessels (CSOVs) for UK based Purus Wind. The agreement also has an option for two additional vessels.
UK based offshore wind services provider Purus Wind has committed to contribute to the next generation battery hybrid service, operation, and transfer vessels to the sector. The order of the two CSOVs is part of Purus Wind’s continued commitment to meet the needs of the clean energy industry as its members set out to decarbonize.
The two CSOVs are of VARD 4 19 design developed by Vard Design in Ålesund, Norway. Together with Purus Wind the design is upgraded, and tailor made to give environmental benefits with a hull design optimized for low fuel consumption and resistance, as well as high operability and comfort.
The battery hybrid system prepares the vessels to run with zero emission for periods. The vessels are prepared for charging at sea so they can be connected to the power grid in the wind farm/harbor to charge batteries regularly without having to go ashore. The goal is to power operations with a minimum of additional energy sources to secure environmental benefits. The project is awarded funding by the Norwegian Government’s Green Platform Initiative.
The design is also prepared for future operation on methanol, providing an additional sustainable option to the operation.