Ålesund, Norway, headquartered at Norwind Offshore, has taken delivery of its first vessel, North Wind Breeze. Handed over today by Fincantieri subsidiary Vard Shipyard in Brattvåg, Norway, the vessel was originally built as a platform supply vessel developed for the oil and gas market and has now been converted into a service operating vessel for the offshore wind industry.
Together with Vard, we based our project on an existing vessel and specifically designed and converted the vessel for global service and maintenance operations at offshore wind farms,” said Norwind Offshore CEO Svein Leon Aure. “This is our first vessel, and we can’t wait to see her leave the shipyard and enter service. The first contract has already been won and Norwind Breeze will participate in the development of one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world on the British continental shelf.
The contract for the sale and conversion of the vessel was signed in October 2021, at the same time as a contract was signed for the design and construction of two CSOVs (Commissioning Service Operations Vessels). In April 2022, an additional contract was signed for two new vessels. The new CSOVs are of Vard 4 19 design and will be delivered from Vard Brattvaag and Vard Vung Tau, Vietnam in 2023, 2024 and 2025.
The North Wind Breeze had previously operated in the oil and gas market in Asia and Australia and arrived in Norway in November 2021 when the extensive rebuilding and equipping process began.
Vard has since completed a conversion which, among other things, included the installation of larger, modernized accommodation, for 60 passengers, and a large battery power system to reduce emissions. An advanced temporary walkway has also been installed, which will be replaced this fall with a new, larger system.
“North Wind Breeze is a good example of how we can use an existing ship, rebuild it, take on board new equipment and new eco-friendly technologies, and adapt it to new markets,” said Dag Vikestrand, shipyard manager. shipyard of Vard Brattvaag. “It’s the circular economy and the green transition in practice.”
NEW INFUSION OF CAPITAL
The handover and baptism ceremony of North Wind Breeze took place a few days after the announcement on May 25 that the Danish maritime asset investor Navigare Capital had made its first investment in the offshore wind support vessel sector by taking a majority stake in Norwind Offshore, which was created in 2021 by companies with generational experience in advanced maritime. operations.
“Investing in offshore wind support vessels is an important next step in our strategy and commitment to net zero emissions,” said Henrik Ramskov, managing partner at Navigare Capital. “With our majority investment in the partnership with Norwind Offshore and the highly skilled team and founders behind it, we believe this investment will both support our efforts to accelerate to net zero and generate an attractive return for our investors.”
“Having Navigare Capital by our side as a shareholder allows us to carry out our growth strategy and is an important step in our development to become a leading offshore wind company,” said Svein Leon Aure. “For us, this collaboration is a testament to the experience and expertise that has been accumulated over generations among the founding partners, and the foundation on which Norwind Offshore was established.”