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The expanding activities in the offshore wind industry have initiated a new type of vessels designated as Commissioning Service Operation Vessels (CSOV).

These hi-tech ships offer accomodation for service technicians combined with motion-compensated walk-to-work gangways and a powerful dynamic positioning system. Complemented by recreation facilities and some health services these vessels can stay at the offshore site for a few weeks, significantly reducing time and expenses required for the transfer of people.

A typical example is EDDA BREEZE seen Feb 1st near Rendsburg with accomodation for 93 technicians and 27crew. Her impressive walk-to-work installation tower even includes an elevator. She is the lead vessel of a series built by Astilleros Gondanfor Ostensjo Rederi AB and was commissioned in 2022.

Photo : Martin Lochte-Holtgreven (c)