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Thursday, May 14, 2020 

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received equipment orders for a total of four offshore wind service vessels which will expand the Edda Wind fleet, the offshore wind segment of the Østensjø Group.

Two of the equipment packages are for Edda Wind's zero emission prepared Commissioning Service Operation Vessels (CSOV), and two for Edda's  second generation Service Operation Vessels (SOV), which are also prepared for zero-emission hydrogen fuel.

The CSOVs are being built at shipbuilder, Astilleros Gondán in Asturias, Spain, with the first scheduled to begin a firm charter period of 11 years starting Q1 2022. Each vessel will be equipped with a Horizon all-electric walk-to-work gangway, including the largest integrated passenger lift yet fitted to a wind service vessel, interconnected to a Colibri 5 tonne 3D motion compensated crane. This further increases logistics support by allowing a single operator to seamlessly change between crane and gangway operation from a centralised control station on the vessel's bridge.

"Østensjø Rederi is committed to continuously advancing the development of environmentally sustainable technologies, and MacGregor's energy efficient equipment will contribute to improving the overall efficiency of Edda Wind's newbuildings" says Egil Arne Skare, Chief Project Officer, Østensjø Rederi.

The SOV pair is being built Astilleros Balenciaga, also in Spain. The first will enter into service on a 15 year charter agreement in Q2 2022, and will be similarly equipped with a Horizon all-electric walk-to-work gangway system and 3 tonne Colibri 3D motion compensated crane. Although smaller than their CSOV sister vessels, the SOV's will boast access heights of up to 34m above the sea surface due to the novel design of the Horizon walk-to-work system, specifically tailored to Edda Wind's requirements. These vessels will also benefit from the additional efficiency provided by the centralised control station being located near the Dynamic Positioning Operator’s (DPO) position on the bridge.

"Whenever we asked MacGregor to solve operational challenges put forward by our clients or ourselves, they responded quickly with well-thought-out solutions and provided excellent technical support." said Skare. "Providing low emission service vessels is not just about selecting the most energy efficient equipment, it’s the combination of the equipment and our collective experience that will give these ships an environmentally sound operational profile."

The orders are the result of a long collaboration with Edda Wind, their ship designer, and other key suppliers to realise the potential of fully electrified equipment and integrated vessel systems. The Horizon walk-to-work gangway and Colibri 3D cranes are products brought into the MacGregor portfolio through the acquisition of TTS last year.

"MacGregor is delighted to have been selected to supply critical equipment to the Edda Wind newbuildings,” said Leif Byström, Head of the Offshore Solutions Division. “We now have a total of six walk-to-work systems and five 3D compensated cranes under various stages of completion, validating our commitment to renewable energy and to providing enhanced solutions and services to our customers through the combination of MacGregor and TTS capabilities."

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