Norwegian shipbuilder VARD has announced a contract for the design and construction of two hybrid battery-powered Commissioning Service Operation Vessels (CSOVs) for UK based Purus Wind. The agreement includes an option for two additional vessels.
Purus Wind’s order aligns with its commitment to meeting the demands of the clean energy industry while actively pursuing decarbonization goals. The vessels, based on the VARD 4 19 design developed by Vard Design in Ålesund, Norway, have been designed to maximize environmental benefits, focussing on optimizing the hull for minimal fuel consumption and resistance, ensuring high operability and comfort.
One of the key features of the CSOVs is their battery hybrid system, which allows the vessels to operate with zero emissions for extended periods. The vessels have been specially designed to facilitate charging at sea, enabling them to be connected to the power grid within wind farms or harbors for regular battery charging, eliminating the need to dock ashore.
Adding to the vessels’ sustainability, the VARD 4 19 design has been developed to accommodate potential operation on methanol.
The ultimate aim is to power the vessels’ operations with a minimal reliance on additional energy sources. Notably, this project has received funding from the Norwegian Government’s Green Platform Initiative, highlighting its alignment with sustainability objectives.
Vard is a subsidiary of Italian shipbuilding group Fincantieri.
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