Bernhard Schulte Offshore has contracted Ulstein Verft to design and construct two Commissioning Service Operation Vessels (CSOVs) capable of operating on carbon-neutral methanol fuel. The contract includes options for four additional vessels.
Bernhard Schulte Offshore (BS Offshore) is the offshore unit of the international shipping company Schulte Group.
The ULSTEIN SX222 vessels will feature Ulstein’s TWIN X-STERN design, with two sterns and main propellers located at both fore and aft, optimal for Dynamic Positioning operations in challenging weather and sea conditions. The vessels will also have hybrid battery propulsion with methanol fuel capability.
The vessels will have a length of 89.6 m and a beam of 19.2 m, with a walk-to-work gangway, elevator tower, and 3D crane for personnel and cargo transfers. They can accommodate 132 people, with single cabins for 110.
The two newbuildings will expand Bernhard Schulte Offshore’s fleet to support the offshore wind energy and oil and gas markets, complementing their current fleet of three flexible vessels.
“After the first newbuild contracts in 2015 and again in 2018, and the upgrade of the ‘Windea Leibniz’ which we completed this year, we are very pleased to now sign a shipbuilding contract at Ulstein Verft for vessels no. four and five for Bernhard Schulte Offshore,” said Kolbjørn Moldskred, sales manager at Ulstein Verft. “There is a great cooperation spirit between the parties, and we are looking forward to working together once more. The vessels are planned for delivery in 2025, and we will do our utmost to live up to the owner’s expectations.”
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