A new service operation vessel (SOV), built at Spain’s Astilleros Balenciaga in Zumaia for Norway’s Edda Wind, has been named Edda Brint.
The 82.25m-long SOV has been built to a highly flexible design and its name is significant. Brint is Danish for hydrogen, and the vessel is ready for emission-free operation with a hydrogen-based power plant in the future, its owner said.
Edda Brint is now undergoing completion works prior to sea trials and delivery from the Spanish shipyard in August.
Following installation of the gangway system, the SOV will enter into a 15-year contract with MHI Vestas at the 1.075-GW Seagreen offshore wind farm in the North Sea. With 114 turbines, the wind farm is Scotland’s largest and the world’s deepest offshore wind facility.
The Norwegian owner is undergoing a spell of rapid expansion. Edda Wind took delivery of the Edda Breeze a few weeks ago. Another SOV was launched at Balenciaga recently and is due to join the Edda fleet during the first quarter of 2023; and one more vessel will be launched in July and is also due for delivery in the first quarter of 2023.