Austria’s Palfinger AG has been chosen to supply a range of cranes and lifesaving appliances for four new offshore wind service vessels being built for Edda Wind in Spain. The offshore wind division of Norway’s towage and marine service company, Østensjø Group, Edda Wind has two commissioning service operation (CSOV) under construction at Gondán Shipbuilders and two slightly smaller service operation vessels (SOV) to be built at Balenciaga Shipyard. Both yards are located on Spain’s north coast.
Palfinger will supply one PK15500M and one PK33002M foldable knuckle crane for each CSOV. The SOVs will each have two PK15500M crane installations as well as one PK32002M crane. Palfinger has also been awarded a contract to provide life-saving appliances for the four vessels. The CSOVs will have two totally enclosed lifeboats with davits and two life-raft davits, and the SOVs will have two life-raft davits.
Delivery of the equipment is scheduled for 2021 and 2022, just prior to the vessels’ entry into service. Two of the four ships have already been fixed on long-term charters – one SOV has been taken on a 15-year charter by MHI Vestas commencing in the second quarter of 2022 while one CSOV has been chartered by Ocean Breeze Energy on an eleven-year deal, starting in the first quarter of 2021.